HMD Hasn’t Given Up on Nostalgic Marketing, Releases Nokia 6310 Alongside ‘Life-Proof’ XR20


The start of the week saw Nokia announce new phones, including the Nokia 6310 that goes in line with HMD’s obsession with Nokias of the past, and a bunch of wireless earbuds.

Of the announcement, the Nokia XR20 is the most interesting because Nokia has equipped it with a ton of lifestyle features that should surely see it last for next half a decade or even more.

The features are under the ‘life-proof’ moniker, which Nokia hopes will be appealing to people who want a robust device that will also be supported with software updates.

To begin with, the XR20 is MIL-STD810H-certified, meaning it can survive a 1.8-metre drop. It is also IP68-certified, has the lastest Gorilla Glass Victus at the front, effectively making it a tank that should do just fine without a case. Heck, the device is hefty too at slightly under 250 grams.

It is powered by the 5G-capable Snapdragon 480, which is not the best of chipsets in the mid-range segment.

We are also used to phones packing more than three main snappers, but the XR20 keeps thing modest with a dual setup.

Other key points include extended software updates; users will receive up to four years of security updates, and three years of major OS upgrades. This means that the XR20 will be eligible for Android 15, or whatever Google will call the iteration then.

Pricing is not known, but we expect it to cost over KES 50,000. Here are the rest of its specifications:

SpecsNokia XR20
ProtectionIP68 dust/water resistant
Drop-to-concrete resistance from up to 1.8 m
MIL-STD-810H compliant
ScreenIPS LCD 6.67 inches
1080 x 2400 pixels
GG Victus
Software Android 11
ChipsSnapdragon 480 5G (8 nm)
Adreno 619
Memory6/128 GB
MicroSD slot available
48 MP Main
13 MP ultrawide
8 MP
SoundStereo speakers
3.5 mm socket
SecuritySide-mounted fingerprint reader
Battery4630 mAh
18W charging
15W wireless charging
ColoursUltra Blue, Granite Gray
PriceAbout KES 50000

On the other hand, the Nokia C30 is the latest member of the C-series. For housekeeping reasons, the C lineup was launched back in 2019 and is basically an ultra-budget line that runs Android Go. As of this moment, the C30 sits at the top of the segment.

Here are its specifications:

Nokia C30Specs
4G Yes
Weight 237g
720 x 1600 pixels
ChipsUnisoc SC9863A (28nm)
SoftwareAndroid 11 Go Edition
Memory2/32 GB
3/32 GB
3/64 GB
13 MP main
2 MP depth sensor
5 MP
Fingerprint readeryes
Battery6000 mAh
10W charging
ColoursGreen, White
PriceAbout KES 10000

As said, Nokia never passes up the chance to remind its loyal fanbase that it was the king of phones back in the day. To this end, it always releases a modernized version of one of its past devices.

This time around, HMD has bumped up the 6310 with a new coat that would appeal to a feature phone buyer, but in 2021.

The device should cost around KES 5000.

In the audio department, Nokia has released the following wireless earbuds in the growing wireless headsets industry that was first shaken up by Apple’s AirPods:

Nokia Clarity Earbuds Pro

Features: Bluetooth 5.2, ANC, aptX support, 10mm drivers, up to 27 hours of playtime with the case, low latency, IPX5 certification, and wireless charging for the case.

Price; About KES 10K

Nokia Comfort Earbuds

Features: Bluetooth 5.1, touch controls, IPX5 certification, up to 29 hours of playtime with the case.

Price: About KES 5000

Nokia Go Earbuds+

Features: Bluetooth 5.0, up to 26 hours of playtime with the case, touch controls, IPXX splash-proof.

Price: About KES 3000