Nokia X30 review

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Play the long game. The Nokia X30’s tagline suggests it’s big on preserving the environment, with Nokia calling it their ‘greenest phone yet’. It includes recycled (and recyclable) materials where possible, but also a 3-year warranty and software support. And in a lineup with no true flagship as the others understand it, the X30 kind of has to shoulder that responsibility.

It’s not a flagship chipset powering the X30 – the Snapdragon 695 is anything but. A camera system without a telephoto doesn’t scream ‘advanced’ either. Certain small omissions like stereo speakers and wireless charging continue to swing the X30 into a conventional mid-ranger position.

But for around €450 for the base 6GB/128GB version, you get a pretty interesting spec sheet. Proper dust and water protection is still a rare sight in the mid-range, as is Gorilla Glass Victus screen protection – both present here. And since we mentioned it, the screen is now OLED – it’s been three and a half years since the last such screen on a Nokia.

Circling back to the cameras and with an already price-adjusted perspective, things don’t look so bleak after all. Most notably, the 50MP main unit on the back uses the same sensor as the Galaxy S22 – that’s the flagship enough. The other two cameras aren’t that remarkable – the 13MP ultrawide lacks AF and without dedicated ‘macro’ sidekick close-ups are apparently a no-go, and the 16MP selfie camera is neither here nor there – but it all adds up to a very reasonable configuration.

‘Reasonable’ can also describe other things about the X30. Small at first glance, the battery capacity should be enough for the not-too-demanding internals, and the 33W charging capacity seems to deliver decently fast charging without going to extremes. Alongside the OLED screen, the under-screen fingerprint sensor also returns.

Nokia X30 specifications at a glance:

  • Body: 158.9×73.9×8.0mm, 185g; Glass front (Gorilla Glass Victus), aluminum frame, plastic back; IP67 dust/water resistant (up to 1m 30 minutes).
  • Screen: 6.43″ AMOLED, 90Hz, 450 nits (typical), 700 nits (peak), 1080x2400px resolution, 20:9 aspect ratio, 409ppi.
  • Chipset: Qualcomm SM6375 Snapdragon 695 5G (6 nm): Octa-core (2×2.2 GHz Kryo 660 Gold & 6×1.7 GHz Kryo 660 Silver); Adreno 619.
  • Memory: 128GB 6GB RAM, 256GB 8GB RAM; UFS 2.2 – 128GB, UFS 3.0 – 256GB.
  • OS/Software: Android 12.
  • Rear camera: wide (main): 50 MP, f/1.9, 1/1.56″, 1.0 µm, PDAF, OIS; Ultra wide angle: 13 MP, f/2.4, 123˚, 1/3.06″.
  • Front camera: 16 MP, f/2.4, (wide), 1/3.06″, 1.0 µm.
  • Video recording: Rear camera: [email protected]/60fps; Front camera: 1080p at 30 fps.
  • Battery: 4200mAh; 33W cable, PD3.0.
  • Various: Fingerprint reader (under display, optical); NFC; FM radio.

Nokia X30 unboxing

As part of its commitment to environmental friendliness, the Nokia X3 arrives in a half-height recycled brownish cardboard box – you know what that means. The charger is missing, but a cable is still included and that’s it. Nokia will sell you a transparent soft silicone case separately (itself wrapped in recycled paper), but it doesn’t come with the phone.

Retail Package - Nokia X30 Review
Optional case - Nokia X30 review

Retail package • Optional case

Mind you, there’s a whole lot of paperwork inside the box, which itself required some paper and effort to do, not to mention potentially adding to the total – a one-page quick start guide and a QR code with a link to the rest of the stuff online would have looked (and possibly been) more sustainable. Then again, various regulators may mandate this or that piece of physical literature and thus get in the way of saving a tree, so we’re not ready to blame Nokia.

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