Good battery life, however that’s about it

Nokia has seemingly shifted its focus in India from premium smartphones to funds ones, and the Nokia C21 Plus is one other instance of that. It’s an entry-level smartphone with Android 11 (Go Version). With this launch, the HMD International-owned model is aiming to face out within the sub-₹12K smartphone phase, however will it be capable to try this? Particularly, amidst competing telephones such because the Micromax In 2c, Motorola Moto G30, and others. Let’s see if this telephone is value contemplating at this worth level.

Nokia C21 Plus Assessment: Construct and design

Nokia C21 Plus Review: Build and design

The Nokia C21 Plus has a strong construct with a matte plastic rear panel and rounded edges. The textured again panel appears to be like good and resists fingerprints very properly. The telephone is fairly light-weight and feels ergonomic when held.

Nokia C21 Plus Review: Build and design

The correct facet homes the ability button and quantity rockers, whereas the microphone and charging port are on the backside. Talking of the charging port, it’s a micro-USB one which is very dated in 2022. Fortunately, Nokia supplies a charger within the field, or else we’d be scrambling round to seek out this antiquated cable.  

Nokia C21 Plus Review: Build and design

There’s a 3.5mm audio jack on the prime of the telephone, which is sweet, and the mono speaker is situated on the rear panel. We didn’t just like the positioning of the speaker, because it typically will get blocked when in use, nor did we like the truth that it’s a mono speaker. Particularly since telephones such because the Infinix Sizzling 12 include stereo audio system.

Nokia C21 Plus Review: Build and design

On the again, you too can discover the fingerprint sensor and the oblong digital camera module. The digital camera module appears to be like good, however we’d desire a side-mounted fingerprint sensor since it’s a extra handy and accessible location. The telephone can also be IP52 rated, so it may well stand up to mud and lightweight splashes of water.

Nokia C21 Plus Assessment: Show

The Nokia C21 Plus homes a 6.52-inch IPS LCD display with 1600 x 720p decision and a waterdrop notch. The notch, once more, offers the telephone a dated look. The bezels, particularly the chin bezel, are very clunky. Now, the display is fairly barebones; no HDR assist and no quick refresh fee, which is disappointing.

The show’s efficiency is underwhelming. Whereas the colors look fairly first rate and reasonably correct, the viewing angles and daylight legibility are horrible. In brilliant daylight, we needed to pressure actually laborious to see what was occurring on the display. We recorded a most peak brightness of 146 nits, which is very low. 

Nokia C21 Plus Review: Display

The display is Widevine L3 licensed, so once more that’s fairly disappointing. This implies you possibly can solely stream SD content material on platforms reminiscent of Netflix and Prime Video.

Nokia C21 Plus Assessment: Efficiency

The Nokia C21 Plus is powered by the Unisoc SC9863A SoC which is constructed on a 28 nm course of. It’s not a robust processor and is succesful solely of fundamental duties reminiscent of calling, texting and net shopping. Sadly, even when performing these fundamental duties, the telephone lags and slows down fairly a bit. Moreover, you get solely 3 / 4 GB RAM and 32 or 64 GB inside storage. 

When you can develop the storage by way of microSD card, the restricted RAM impedes multitasking. We couldn’t hold greater than two apps open within the background earlier than we began going through main lag or the app restarted. Additionally, the digital camera app is extraordinarily sluggish – you possibly can expertise this when switching between the rear and entrance digital camera and if you’re taking steady portrait photographs.

Nokia C21 Plus Review: Performance

Nokia C21 Plus Review: Performance

In benchmarks as properly, the Nokia C21 Plus performs very poorly. It scored 100849 on AnTuTu and 4411 on PCMark Work that are the bottom scores a funds telephone has gotten in 2022 and even 2021. The telephone couldn’t even run benchmarks reminiscent of 3D Mark Wild Life and Gamebench however after we performed COD: Cell, we may solely play on Low graphics and there have been loads of body drops all through.

Nokia C21 Plus Review: Performance

In the event you’re somebody who video games on a telephone, this telephone is unquestionably not for you. Even in the event you’re somebody who multitasks typically, the C21 Plus is just not lower out to supply a superb expertise. There are telephones in the marketplace on the identical worth or decrease with a lot better-performing processors such because the Moto G42, Micromax In 2c, Realme Narzo 50A and the Moto G30.

On the software program entrance, the telephone runs Android 11 (Go Version). It’s minimalistic and straightforward to make use of however has some third-party bloatware apps pre-installed. Fortunately, these apps may be uninstalled. The corporate has promised two years of safety updates, however no phrase on software program updates.

Nokia C21 Plus Assessment: Digicam

As soon as once more, the Nokia C21 Plus disappoints right here. It has a 13 MP most important sensor and a 2 MP depth sensor. The dynamic vary could be very weak with shadows being crushed and highlights being overexposed in virtually each out of doors shot. The colors seemed first rate sufficient however in the event you pixel peep, you’ll discover little or no element in even daylight photographs.

Nokia C21 Plus Review: Camera

In indoor photographs, the corners of the pictures have been at all times infiltrated by noise and softness. Moreover, the digital camera takes a very long time to focus so many photographs got here out with unfocussed topics. Portrait photographs are additionally fairly mediocre with shabby edge detection and washed-out pores and skin tones. 

Nokia C21 Plus Review: Camera

Nokia C21 Plus Review: Camera

Nokia C21 Plus Review: Camera

There isn’t a Evening Mode, so expectedly, the low mild pictures are a multitude full of grain and noise. The 5 MP selfie digital camera clicks first rate footage in daylight with satisfactory element (for a 5 MP lens). Nevertheless, it washes out human pores and skin tones fairly a bit and overexposes the highlights as properly. Portrait mode on the selfie digital camera once more sees unimpressive edge detection. Above you possibly can see some picture samples, however do notice, they have been resized for the online.

Nokia C21 Plus Assessment: Battery life

Powering the Nokia C21 Plus is a 5,500 mAh battery that guarantees two days’ value of battery life. And, it does stand as much as this declare. Largely for the reason that telephone can’t deal with intensive duties and gaming, it should final you a superb two and even three days, based mostly in your utilization. The telephone lasted over 19 hours in our video loop check and an hour of GPS navigation solely dropped the battery by 4 per cent.

Sadly, the telephone comes with solely a ten W charger within the field that takes virtually three hours to completely cost the gadget.  

Nokia C21 Plus Assessment: Verdict

Other than its long-lasting battery life, the Nokia C21 Plus has little or no to supply for its asking worth of ₹11,299 (for the 4 + 64 GB variant). The efficiency is lacklustre, the cameras are disappointing, and the show is barebones. There are a number of different choices beneath ₹12,000 that come packing a greater processor, extra succesful cameras, and quick refresh fee shows. We might not be comfy recommending this telephone to anybody since telephones such because the Realme Narzo 50A, Infinix Sizzling 12, Micromax In 2c and the Moto G30 exist in and across the identical worth level with higher options and extra succesful processors.

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