I counted, I counted and… miscalculated. Unfortunately, what Nokia presented not only completely missed my expectations, but also left a very unpleasant aftertaste in my mouth. Nokia does not seem to see where the market is going, offering smartphones that, in my opinion, do not match the realities of 2021, especially taking into account the proposed price. That is why I decided to collect my observations after the conference in one place to explain to you why, in my opinion, something went wrong with the construction of new Nokia smartphones, but it is very wrong.
1.microUSB in 2021
We start with a thick pipe. You cannot, you just cannot simultaneously say that “our devices are entering a new era” and then show a phone with micro USB. I understand, we cut costs as much as possible, but when everything – from smartphones, through laptops to bluetooth speakers – uses USB-C, offering two models with microUSB is in my opinion an anti-consumer movement. Such a customer will not only have to carry his own cable with him (because everyone will have USB-C chargers, but also – it is less convenient for him. Moreover – the European Union ordered the unification of chargers to reduce the number of electro-waste, while Nokia, which speaks quite loudly about ecology and environmental protection as its first new smartphone (C10 and C20) presents a phone with a socket that hardly anyone uses today. And I understand that the price of PLN 449 is not excessive, but the market is full of phones for PLN 300-350 (eg Redmi 9) that have USB-C, so the argument that it would cost too much to put this connector on the phone completely does not appeal to me.
2.5/10 W recharge in 2021
As much as I can understand that in the case of the model for PLN 500 we have a basic, slow charging (although even here you can even find 18 W chargers), I would like to ask, by what miracle in the G20 model, the price of which “starts from PLN 769 “, and it will end up at PLN 867, someone served 10W charging. Did Nokia miss that there are smartphones on the market such as realme 8, which offer 3x faster charging for PLN 800, and if the realme 7 Pro costs a little more – then 65W will be available. The world has discovered the advantages of fast charging and completely ignoring this trend is not good for sales.
3. Budget phone called the flagship, offered at the price of a super-average + too high valuation of other devices
Do you remember Nokia 8 Sirocco? Yes, the one that had 6GB RAM, Snapdragon 835, 1440 x 2560 pixels P-OLED screen, waterproof and Gorilla Glass 5? Yes, it was priced high, but for its time it was a very competent flagship. What Nokia is putting up for battle today as its flagship model does not refer to this story in any way. We have Nokia X10 here. The highest model, the prices of which “start from PLN 1499”. And what do we get for the PLN 1,500? 4 GB RAM, 64 GB of data space, Snapdragon 480, IPS FHD + screen, 18 W charging and 48 Mpix main lens, the only advantage of which is autofocus and the Zeiss logo. It gets even funnier when we look at Nokia X20. Here, the price for 6 GB RAM and 64 GB of memory (other parameters remain the same) starts from PLN 1799 and following this lead for the version with 8 GB RAM and 128 GB of space you will have to pay PLN 1999. And I would like to remind you that this is a phone without any function that today could be considered desirable today, and in flagships – even required. Where’s the OLED screen? Where’s the higher refresh rate? Camera with optical zoom? Or maybe some waterproofness? Or at least stereo speakers… No, absolutely nothing?