Nokia recently launched its hero device Nokia X30 5G in India. The Nokia X30 5G has become the poster child for the company, representing its strong focus on the environment. The handset’s plastic back is made from 60 percent recycled material, while it uses 100 percent recycled aluminum for the metal frame. While overall it is a great smartphone, it is not a victory lap for a brand that has launched a flagship after 4 years.
Check out the detailed review of the smartphone.
Nokia X30 5G design: Simple yet futuristic
The Nokia X30 5G looks like any ordinary mid-range smartphone, with a rectangular camera island at one corner and a company branding in the middle of the device. But what is worth noting is the material used in the back cover and the metal frame. The plastic back has a satin finish, while the edges have a glossy touch, making it look like a decent smartphone unlike other plastic handsets that look cheap.
With a sustainable approach, it looks like HMD Global is gearing up to position Fairphone that never made it to Indian shores.
The smartphone isn’t very thin as it measures 7.9mm in height, but it’s still handy (185g) and thankfully not a fingerprint magnet. I reviewed the Ice White color variant which looked beautiful. If you like dark colors then you can also choose the cloudy blue color variant.
On the front, it has nice bezels around the display which houses a tiny punch-hole camera, which has become a must for almost all flagship phones these days.
Nokia X30 5G Display: Tall and Beautiful
The smartphone features a 6.5-inch AMOLED display that offers 90Hz refresh rate. The display shows great colors and will also allow you to stream movies and series from Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and other streaming platforms in FHD resolution. The display is protected by Gorilla Glass Victus. Apart from this, the handset also comes with water and dust resistance rating. It has IP67 rating.
It offers 700 nits of peak brightness, which is pretty average but competitors like the OnePlus 11R are already offering 1450 nits of peak brightness. However, it’s not a dealbreaker per se.
Overall, the display is great, and you will enjoy streaming videos or even playing games on the handset.
Nokia X30 5G Camera: A good camera
The Nokia X30 5G sports a dual rear camera setup that houses a 50MP primary sensor and a 13MP ultra-wide angle lens. Photos captured in daylight look beautiful with good details and colours. However, they weren’t as punchy or sharp as one would expect from a flagship smartphone. Don’t worry, you can still share these images on your Instagram or any other social media platform.
In low-light settings, the smartphone struggles to keep pace with color accuracy and reduce noise. However, you can still use the dark vision mode to take better pictures at night.
For selfies, the smartphone packs a 16MP front-facing camera. It produces good photos and good color accuracy across a wide variety of skin tones.
Overall, the camera is quite capable and will prove beneficial for those who are not much into photography.
Nokia X30 5G performance: leaves room for improvement
Nokia wasn’t after coming out on top in the specifications battle with this one, and it shows. A “flagship” phone that had already debuted globally last year is making its way to India with a chipset that is used in mid-range smartphones! Ok it took me a while to wrap my head around it but I still don’t understand the purpose behind it.
Don’t get me wrong, the Snapdragon 695 chipset is more than capable of handling day-to-day tasks but this processor is a tough pill to get at 50K. It offers just 6GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage which is still less than what we’d expect from a flagship smartphone.
In terms of battery, the smartphone is equipped with 4200mAh that supports 33W fast charging. This is exactly what a typical mid-range phone in India offers. Even after heavy usage which included surfing Instagram, listening to Spotify, scrolling through LinkedIn, taking calls, checking email and WhatsApp, it lasted around 15 hours. It is good enough for users who want it for day to day tasks.
The smartphone comes with bloatware which includes pre-installed apps like Netflix, LinkedIn and others but you can always uninstall them if you don’t want to use them. It runs on Android 12 and offers 3 years of software updates.
The Nokia X30 Pro 5G is a decent standalone device that can do wonders as your daily driver. However, we cannot ignore that it is offering mid-range performance at flagship prices. This makes it difficult to recommend. Those who are looking for a good camera phone at this price can go ahead with Google Pixel 7 which is priced at Rs 59,999. The newly launched OnePlus 11R is also an all-rounder that you can buy in India for under Rs 45,000.
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