Nokia C21 Plus and Nokia C2 2nd Edition come with only 2 years

(Pocket Ribbon) – HMD Global has announced the launch of two new devices in its C-series. These are entry-level phones designed for affordability and they are phones that Nokia has had some success with.

HMD Global has announced operating profitability for 2021 and some of this comes down to a focus on the low end of the market.

After making an ambitious moonshot with the Nokia 9 PureView in 2019, the focus has been on entry-level and mid-range devices ever since and it’s clearly making an impact.

That leads to the Nokia C21 Plus as the new hero of affordable phones for Nokia. It costs just £99.99 or €119 and you get a 6.5-inch screen, a 13-megapixel camera and is powered by UNISOC hardware.

There is a lower model – the Nokia C21 – that is the same size, but reduces battery capacity and camera functionality.

Even lower is the Nokia C2 2nd Edition, which will set you back just £74.99 or €79. This model has a 5.7-inch display and a 5 megapixel camera on the back. But it does have a 2400 mAh removable battery.

These phones are all 4G devices and while these affordable Android phones are in demand, there are some aspects that raise questions.

First, these are Android Go devices, the lightweight version of Android designed to run on these affordable devices. But Android Go is still on version 11 and we don’t know when Google will update it to add new features that came with Android 12.

Second, HMD Global only provides 2 years of security updates on these devices. That’s a bit of a surprise, considering Nokia has been pushing the mantra of “love it, trust it, keep it” on its phones. It’s hard to “keep” it when it’s outdated after 2 years.

Perhaps that reflects the expected longevity of these devices, or perhaps at the affordable end of the market it isn’t worth the development time to support phones for any length of time.

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November 8, 2021

Written by Chris Hall.

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