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Nokia X20 will also ditch the charger in the box

Apple definitely set a trend when it decided to ditch the wall charger in the iPhone 12 box. Samsung and Xiaomi have already followed in their footsteps and Huawei is expected to do so soon as well. It isn’t just the big companies, though, as HMD Global seems to be following the trend. The Nokia X20, one of its new affordable phones, won’t be coming with one and it could affect how consumers will see the overall cost of the phone.

HMD Global definitely didn’t mention that detail when it announced the six new phones in its X, G, C series earlier this month. The Nokia X20 was presented as the higher-end model of the bunch, delivering 5G capability via a Snapdragon 480 5G chipset while carrying a roughly $420 price tag. For a 5G phone, that sounds like a bargain but there was a fine print that wasn’t noticed until now.

TechDroider on Twitter called attention to the Nokia X20 product page‘s boast about the phone’s sustainability. The three-year warranty means you won’t feel compelled to switch to a better-supported phone in less than two years but new to our ears is that there is no plastic wall charger in the box. That, in addition to the box being 100% compostable, is HMD’s way of reducing the company’s ecological impact.

That echoes Apple’s own reasons for ditching the iPhone 12 charger, a justification that some have actually called into question. Apple and Samsung both argue that many people already have compatible chargers lying around so they don’t need to pay for one more. It might not be the same story for HMD Global’s customers who might be in the market for their first smartphone.

In other words, that $420 price tag for an entry-level 5G phone might end up being a bit higher because of the need for a charger. Then again, the latter are a dime a dozen, especially in markets that these Nokia phones cater to.



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Nokia X20 and X10 bring affordable 5G without the Android update flaw

HMD Global has revealed its latest Nokia Android phones, including 5G connectivity at roughly $360 prices, and longer update commitments than most low-cost devices deliver. The new Nokia X20 and X10, Nokia G20 and G10, and Nokia C20 and C10 collectively make up HMD’s biggest single Nokia launch in one go, while a new MVNO will throw in service too.

Nokia X20 and X10

High-end models of the new range, both the X20 and X10 use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 480 5G platform. Announced back in January, it’s the first of the 400-series to offer 5G Sub-6 GHz. What’s notable here is that, while we’ve seen affordable Android phones before – and even a few with 5G – HMD Global is trying to make sure that the software lasts as long as the hardware, with a new OS update commitment

Both phones run Android 11 using the Android One interface, with a 6.67-inch Full HD+ screen. The X10 has a 48-megapixel quad camera, while the X20 has a 64-megapixel camera plus a 32-megapixel front camera. With Dual Sight, it can activate them simultaneously. Both phones should manage two days of battery life, HMD says.

The Nokia X20 will be priced from 349 euro ($405) with 6GB memory / 128GB storage, with a more expensive 8GB/128GB version available. The X10, meanwhile, will be offered in 6/64GB, 6/128GB, and 4/128GB configurations, from 309 euro ($360). They’ll go on sale in select markets from May and June, respectively.

Nokia G20, G10, C20, and C10

The G10 and G20 slot into HMD’s G-series of Nokia phones, with even longer battery life: up to three days, the company claims. They have side-fingerprint sensors and a 6.5-inch display. The G20 has a triple rear camera system, while the G20 steps up to a 48-megapixel main camera and OZO surround sound.

The G20 will go on sale from May from 159 euro ($185) while the G10 will arrive in April from 139 euro ($160).

Finally, the C10 and C20 are focused on the affordable end of the scale. They run Android 11 Go Edition on a 6.5-inch HD+ display, and will go on sale from June and April, respectively, at 75 euro ($87) for the C10 and 89 euro ($99) for the C20.

Nokia Updates

As well as the six new phones, HMD Global is also updating its software commitment for Nokia devices. The C-series will get two years of quarterly security updates, but the G-series and X-series will boost that to three years of security updates.

As for the OS, the G-series will get two years of Android updates, HMD Global says. The X-series, meanwhile, will get three years of OS updates, and an extended warranty.

HMD Mobile

Today’s launch isn’t just about handsets, though, but also a new carrier. HMD Global is launching in the UK first, from the end of April, as an MVNO relying on the EE network. As with current Nokia phones, the focus will be affordability.

Plans will start from £6.50 ($8.25) per month for unlimited UK/EU calls and texts, and 1GB data, and run all the way up to 25GB of data per month. Full details will be announced closer to launch, along with a new HMD Mobile app for data use tracking, support, and other features.

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Big Nokia leak sheds light on the X20 5G, X10 5G, and G10

Three smartphones from Nokia have been leaked with data about the devices turning up ahead of their official announcement. Information on the X20 5G Scarlet Witch, X10 5G Quick Silver, and G10 has surfaced. The leak suggests the X10 5G will be powered by a Snapdragon 480 5G processor; the same processor is tipped for the X20 5G.

The X20 is rumored to feature six gigabytes of RAM and 128 gigabytes of storage with blue and sand colors available. X10 buyers will get six gigabytes of RAM and 32 gigabytes of storage, suggesting the X20 be the more expensive phone of the pair. X10 buyers will get to choose between white or green colors.

The pricing rumor suggests the X20 will cost €349, while the X10 will sell for €300. Both devices are expected to be unveiled at a launch on April 8. The other smartphone, the Nokia G10, has more data leaked about it. A 6.3-inch display with HD+ resolution featuring a punch-hole front camera will be featured.

The rear camera set up has a quad-camera array with a 48MP primary sensor combined with a 2MP depth, 5MP ultrawide, and 2MP macro sensor. Color options will include blue or purple, with the device measuring 160.97 x 75.99 x 8.7 millimeters and weighing 180 grams. It will operate on a CAT 4 network on bandwidths supporting networks in the US and Latin America. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, and GPS will be integrated. The operating system is Android 11, with the device offered in versions featuring three or four gigabytes of RAM.

Internal storage is either 32 or 64 gigabytes with a microSD card slot for expansion. The processor is an octa-core MediaTek Helio P22. The rumor suggests the phone will feature a 3.5 millimeter headphone port, dual microphones, and an FM tuner. Power is from a 4000 mAh battery that is nonremovable. The rumor suggests the G10 will be priced at €139 for the version with three gigabytes of RAM and 32 gigabytes of storage.

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