HMD is throwing a ton of cheap smartphones into the US

Nokia 2760 Flip, Nokia C100, Nokia C200, Nokia G100 and Nokia G400.

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TL; DR

  • At a Nokia CES 2022 event, HMD Global launched a number of new budget Android phones.
  • The most powerful phone is the $ 239 Nokia G400, which reportedly has a Snapdragon 480.
  • All phones are exclusively on their way to the United States.

Unfortunately, the Nokia brand licensee officially refused to pass on any key specifications to us. This includes basic elements such as the chipsets in use or all the camera details. As such, it is difficult to assess whether these phones are good value for money or overpriced devices that you should avoid.

Nokia G400 and G100

Nokia logo in white

Starting with the most capable device of the party, the Nokia G400 is the only 5G phone announced today. You get a solid suggestion here on paper, namely 6 GB of RAM, 128 GB of storage space, a 6.6-inch 120Hz LCD screen and a 5,000 mAh battery. According to Phandroid, the phone is powered by a Snapdragon 480 SoC, which is a budget 5G chipset that still needs to deliver a good everyday experience.

The Nokia G400 also gets a distinctly budget triple rear camera system. It includes a 48 MP main sensor, 5 MP ultrawide and 2 MP macro sensor. In other words, it sounds like the G400 might be worth a look if you want a relatively modern budget phone with a few extra bells and whistles.

Also see: The best camera phones you can get

If we go one step down, we have the Nokia G100. This brings a 6.5-inch HD + LCD panel, a 5,000 mAh battery and a triple rear camera setup. Phandroid claims that the G100 is powered by the Snapdragon 615 processor. If confirmed, it would mean that HMD is using a budget processor that is over five years old. Qualcomm first announced the Snapdragon 615 in 2014.

If confirmed, HMD would use this chipset incredibly confusing. Instead, it could have just chosen a newer (but still old) chipset such as the Snapdragon 439, Snapdragon 450 or Mediatek’s Helio A and P series. Either way, we would not expect many Android version updates with this phone if the Snapdragon 615 is truly on board.

We have asked HMD to confirm whether the Nokia G100 actually uses the old Snapdragon SoC, but the company did not return to us at the time of publication.

Nokia C100 and C200

Do you need something a little cheaper than the G-Series? Then the Nokia C200 fits the bill, where HMD says it has a solitary rear camera, a 6.1-inch HD + LCD screen and a 4,000 mAh battery.

Finally, the cheapest smartphone in the batch is the Nokia C100. Expect a 5.45-inch LCD screen, a single 8MP rear camera and a 3,000mAh battery.

Nokia CES 2022 Phones: Pricing and Availability

HMD says the Nokia G400 has a suggested retail price of $ 239, while the Nokia G100 has a suggested retail price of $ 149. Both phones are scheduled to arrive in Q2 2022, so we’re still waiting.

Meanwhile, the Nokia C200 has a suggested retail price of $ 119 and the Nokia C100 will set you back $ 99. The C200 is also scheduled for a Q2 launch window, while the C100 arrives in Q1 2022.

The company also announced a new flip phone, called the Nokia 2760 Flip. This 4G device is powered by the KaiOS smart operating platform and will sell for $ 79.

Nevertheless, if one thing is for sure, it is that you should probably stay away from the G100, especially if it uses the Snapdragon 615. Even other ~ $ 150 (or cheaper) smartphones like the Redmi 9A and the company’s former Nokia G10 would offer more modern SoCs. And these newer chips offer support for faster cellular speeds, updated GPUs, and more efficient manufacturing processes.

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