Cheap sustainability: we looked at what Nokia’s new entry-level mobile can do

September was a particularly meaningful month for Nokia, as three new smartphones were presented at IFA 2022 in Berlin, of which we have already taken a look at the Nokia X30 5G. However, now it’s the little (or rather big?) brother’s turn. Let’s see what the Finnish manufacturer’s new lower mid-range mobile, the G60 5G, has to offer.

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Nokia dedicated this year to sustainability and environmental awareness, so several of the products they launched on the market were created in this spirit. The X30, for example, has a 100 percent recycled aluminum frame and 65 percent recycled plastic back, but the G60 can’t complain either – its back is 100 percent, while its side frame is made of 60 percent recycled plastic.

When it comes to the packaging of the device, we get the usual Nokia experience, the device comes in a shiny white box with the obligatory paperwork, the USB Type-C charging cable, the SIM pin, and, of course, the phone itself. As we mentioned, in the case of the G60, we definitely have to give up the aluminum frame, but it is replaced by a relatively better quality plastic. The black cover of the back has a rather special pattern, the matte surface is broken by shiny, waterdrop-like forms when idling, which may even be a hint of the presence of IP52 dust and drop resistance as you would normally find in the devices listed in the Vivo Phones Price Catalog.

The display is a 6.58-inch panel with Full HD+ resolution, which, although it boasts a higher image refresh rate of 120 Hz, uses only LCD technology instead of OLED, and the maximum white brightness is exhausted at 500 nits. Even the strongest cover does not protect against scratches, we will have to make do with Gorilla Glass 5, and compared to the X30 5G, the bezels are also much larger – this is also due to the fact that the front camera did not have a separate cutout, it just hangs like a peninsula into the display.

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The fingerprint reader was also not placed under the display, instead, it was implemented in the power button located on the right side, which is perhaps a more convenient solution, because you can unlock the device at the same time as you wake up the phone.

And speaking of cameras: a 50-megapixel wide (f/1.8, 1/2.5”), a five-megapixel ultra-wide (f/2.2, 1/5”), and a mere two-megapixel depth sensor (f/2.4, 1/ 5”), which the device uses when taking portrait photos, we cannot take pictures with this camera on its own when idling. As in the case of the X30 5G, the G60 5G also takes great pictures in favorable light conditions, but as soon as this ceases, the quality begins to deteriorate drastically. The presence of the ultra-wide-angle camera is also a plus point, but the five-megapixel resolution is noticeable, it would definitely have been worth upgrading a bit and not falling in line with the cheap devices in the OPPO phone price list.

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Familiar chip, familiar performance

Although it may be surprising to some, the Nokia G60 5G is powered by the exact same octa-core Snapdragon 695 5G SoC as in the X30, so we can expect almost the same performance from it. However, it is by no means worth expecting a miracle (and above all, durability) from it, which is satisfactory for performing everyday tasks and running games, since it is not even considered an outstanding performance piece today, let alone in 2-3 years. The only difference in terms of specifications is that the G60 5G is equipped with only 6GB of memory instead of 8, so running multiple applications at the same time will not necessarily be a breeze.

BY DEFAULT, WE GET 128 GB OF STORAGE SPACE, BUT THIS CAN BE EXPANDED WITH A MICRO SD CARD, ALTHOUGH IF WE USE THIS OPTION, WE HAVE TO GIVE UP THE PHYSICAL DUAL SIM OPTION BECAUSE THE STORAGE SPACE EXPANDER CAN BE INSERTED IN THE PLACE OF THE SECOND SIM TRAY.

In this case, the energy supply is provided by a slightly larger battery with a capacity of 4500 mAh, with which we can expect a working time of one to one and a half days with average use. Fortunately, in the case of this device, Nokia also guarantees that the battery will operate for up to 800 cycles without loss of performance, but the fast charging is not so fast in the case of the G60 5G, it is only 20W.

Summary

Just like its big brother, the Nokia G60 is also a surprisingly well-built mobile phone, whose average price of HUF 130,000 matches the performance it provides much better. Of course, we have to give up on extras such as the fingerprint reader built into the display, the aluminum frame, the OLED display, or more memory, but nevertheless, the G60 5G offers performance close to the X30.

It is also worth noting that there are two factors in which this particular model surpasses the other Nokia device because the display can be updated at 120Hz instead of 90Hz, and with the help of a MicroSD card, we can even expand the storage space afterward. You are definitely going to miss the refresh rates of 60Hz to 80Hz devices in the future, for reference you can tune in to the section that says “Infinix New model 2023 price in Pakistan“. Coming right back to the case, Nokia maintains its triple promise for the G60 5G, which includes three guaranteed operating system updates, three years of security patching, and three years of extended warranty. Depending on this, Android 15 will definitely arrive on the device (it currently runs Android 12), however, only time will tell how durable and environmentally friendly it will be.

The Nokia G60 is already available in most domestic electronics stores, in two different colors, ice gray and black – we had the latter model.

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