Budget Nokia C32, C22 Announced with IP Rating and Humongous Batteries

These devices are good, but they have to lose the notch because it makes them look out of fashion.


Nokia announced two new phones, the Nokia C32 and Nokia C22. As their name suggests, the new devices fall under the C series, which is its most affordable or budget line.

The Nokia C32’s biggest selling point is a 50MP camera, a first for the C-series, and is constructed with glass on both the front and back, making it high-quality for its class.

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That’s not all: the C32 and C22 have an IP52 rating, which means they are protected against dust and water spray.

Both phones have a 6.5-inch HD+ LCD with slightly curved 2.5D glass on the front, and they share a 5,000mAh battery with 10W charging that can last up to three days, according to Nokia. AI-powered battery-saving management also helps prolong battery life.

The Nokia C32 includes a fingerprint scanner/power button combo on the side, a 50MP primary camera that supports Night Mode, Portrait Mode, and Auto HDR, as well as a dedicated 2MP macro lens.

On the front, there is an 8MP selfie camera that can even unlock the phone using face recognition while wearing a mask.

Under the hood, the Nokia C32 is equipped with a Unisoc SC9863A System-on-Chip (SoC), 3GB or 4GB of RAM, and either 64GB or 128GB of storage, which can be expanded using microSD cards.

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Nokia has been using Unisoc chips for its budget devices for a while now. It is not a popular chipset, and we assume that HMD Global keeps picking the chips because they are affordable. The same chip (a different model) is used in the recently launched Nokia T21 tablet with 4G of RAM, which is selling in Kenya for KES 32,500.

Running on Android 13, the Nokia C32 will receive quarterly security updates for two years, according to Nokia’s commitment.

The Nokia C32 is available in Charcoal, Autumn Green, and Beach Pink. Local pricing will be revealed when the phones arrive on our shores.

As for the Nokia C22, the back panel is made of plastic, with a fingerprint scanner in tow too. The rear camera setup includes a 13MP primary lens and a 2MP macro sensor, while the front-facing camera is the same 8MP selfie shooter that supports face recognition even when wearing a mask.

The Nokia C22 has either 2GB or 3GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, which can be expanded using a microSD card slot.

These devices are good, but they have to lose the notch because it makes them look out of fashion.

Pricing details will be revealed once the device starts selling here.