Nokia 6310, C30, and Nokia XR20 Announced; Feature Phone, Entry-level Android, & Rugged Smartphone Trio

Faisal Rasool

HMD Global launched a slew of new products this week under the Nokia brand. Other than a new feature phone and TWS earbuds, Nokia C30, Nokia 6310, and Nokia XR20 were released yesterday. The C30 offers long battery life, the XR20 is Nokia’s first rugged smartphone, and the Nokia 6310 is a classic feature phone.

Nokia 6310

We start with the reimagined edition of the original Nokia 6310. The 2021 version has a familiar design, offered in yellow, black, and dark green colorways. The 6310 has roughly the same specs and features.

You can play the classic Snake game on its 2.8” curved display. The shell is made of polycarbonate, containing a micro-USB and a 3.5mm audio jack. Nokia 6310 is capped at old-gen 2G connectivity and supports FM radio. 

It’s all backed by a Unisoc chip and a 1,150 mAh battery. HMD prices it at €40 (~ Rs. 7,600.)

Nokia C30

The C30 is another addition to Nokia’s entry-level Android series. It’s the first Nokia to feature a massive 6000 mAh battery that provides three-day battery life. Inside the phone, the 4G chip is clocked at 1.6GHz. Android11 Go Edition (designed for low-end hardware) powers the Nokia C30.

We’re looking at a curved plastic shell, available in Green and off-white colors. It houses a donut-shaped camera housing, a fingerprint scanner, and a back-firing speaker. Nokia C30 also includes a 3.5mm audio jack, slot for storage expansion, and micro-USB port.

The display is a 6.82” LCD delivering an HD+ resolution, surrounded by a V-notch and a hefty chin stamped with the Nokia branding. A 5MP camera is encased in the notch. On the back, we find 13MP wide and 2MP portrait lenses.

Nokia C30 is offered in a single 32GB+2GB configuration. And starts from €99 (~ Rs. 18,800.)

Nokia XR20

Nokia XR20 is the highest-end of this trio and the first rugged smartphone from the brand. Nokia promises scratch, drop, dust, and temperature resistance thanks to the ultra-solid casing and the toughest Gorilla Glass Victus covering the screen.

The XR20 will survive drops from up to 1.8 meters. It’s also IP68 certified, so it’s not a device that needs casing or protectors. In fact, Nokia recommends washing it with soap and water if need be. The phone is also built to last in the software department. It ships with the latest Android 11, guaranteed three years of OS upgrades and four years of monthly security patches.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G powers the phone, providing the latest and fastest connectivity options. You get 6GB of memory and 128GB of internal storage, expandable through a microSD card. A 4630 mAh battery (with 18W wired and 15W wireless charging) backs up the Nokia XR20. 

The hard and oversized shell also includes a side-facing thumbprint reader, a button mappable to any app, and a loud stereo speaker with OZO playback. We’re looking at a 6.67” IPS LCD with a Full HD resolution and 550 nits of peak brightness. 

Two LED flashes and two lenses are mounted on the back — 48MP f/1.8 wide and 13MP ultrawide cameras, to be specific. An 8MP sensor is embedded behind the selfie lens. Nokia XR20 comes in Ultra Blue and Granite Grey and starts from $550 (~ Rs. 88,700.)


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