HMD is throwing a bunch of cheap smartphones to the US

The 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 slew of new budget Android phones.
  • The most powerful phone is the $239 Nokia G400, which is said to have a Snapdragon 480.
  • All phones go exclusively to the United States.

Unfortunately, the Nokia branded licensee has officially refused to reveal some key specs to us. This includes basics such as the chipsets used or all the camera details. As such, it’s hard to tell whether these phones are good value for money or overpriced devices that you should steer clear of.

Nokia G400 and G100

Nokia logo in white

Starting with the most capable device of the lot, the Nokia G400 is the only 5G phone announced today. You’re getting a solid proposition here on paper, which is 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, a 6.6-inch 120Hz LCD display, and a 5,000mAh battery. According to Phandroid, the phone is powered by a Snapdragon 480 SoC, which is a budget 5G chipset that should still provide a good everyday experience.

The Nokia G400 also gets a distinctly budget triple rear camera system. That includes a 48MP main, 5MP ultra-wide and 2MP macro sensor. In other words, it sounds like the G400 is worth checking out if you want a relatively modern budget phone with a few extra bells and whistles.

Also see: The best camera phones you can get

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

If confirmed, HMD’s use of this chipset would be incredibly baffling. Instead, it could have just picked a more recent (but still old) chipset like the Snapdragon 439, Snapdragon 450 or Mediatek’s Helio A and P series. Anyway, we wouldn’t expect many Android version updates with this phone if the Snapdragon 615 is indeed on board.

We’ve asked HMD to confirm whether the Nokia G100 will indeed use the legacy Snapdragon SoC, but the company has not contacted us at the time of publication.

Nokia C100 and C200

Need something cheaper than the G-series? Then the Nokia C200 fits the bill, with HMD saying it has a lone camera on the back, a 6.1-inch HD+ LCD display and a 4000 mAh battery.

Finally, the cheapest smartphone in the lot is the Nokia C100. Expect a 5.45-inch LCD screen, a single 8MP camera on the back and a 3000 mAh battery.

Nokia CES 2022 phones: prices 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 expected to arrive in the second quarter of 2022, so we’ll have to wait a little longer.

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

The company also announced a new flip phone, the Nokia 2760 Flip. This 4G device is powered by the KaiOS smart features platform and costs $79.

Nevertheless, if one thing is certain, 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 previous Nokia G10 would offer more modern SoCs. And these newer chips support faster mobile speeds, updated GPUs, and more efficient production processes.

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