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Nokia XR21 Specifications and photos with pricing

03. 05. 2023 Wednesday / By: Robert Denes / Features / Exact time: BST / Print this page

HMD Global first entered the rugged phone arena with the 2021 Nokia XR20, which elsewhere offers a solid build and mid-range specs. We already saw a big leak last month, but HMD has officially announced its successor in the form of the Nokia XR21.

The new phone uses the same design approach as its predecessor, with an aluminum frame and possibly polycarbonate. HMD claims the phone is MIL-STD-810H certified and IP69K dust and water resistant. The latter figure is a jump from the older phone, which still has an excellent IP68 rating for resistance to high-pressure hot water jets. In fact, HMD even claims that the new phone can withstand pressure washing.

Nokia XR21 Specifications:

Previously rumored as Nokia XR30

Network Technology GSM / HSPA / LTE / 5G
2G bands GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - SIM 1 & SIM 2 (dual-SIM model only)
3G bands HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100
4G bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 20, 25, 26, 28, 32, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 48, 66, 71
5G bands 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 20, 25, 28, 40, 41, 66, 71, 77, 78, 79 SA/NSA
Speed HSPA, LTE-A, 5G
Launch Announced 2023, May 03
Status Coming soon. Exp. release 2023, June
Body Dimensions 168 x 78.6 x 10.5 mm (6.61 x 3.09 x 0.41 in)
Weight 231 g (8.15 oz)
Build Glass front (Gorilla Glass Victus), plastic back, plastic frame
SIM Single SIM (Nano-SIM, eSIM) or Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
 IP68/IP69K dust/water resistant (up to 1.5m for 60 min)
Drop-to-concrete resistance from up to 1.8m
MIL-STD-810H compliant
Display Type IPS LCD, 120Hz, 450 nits (typ), 550 nits (HBM)
Size 6.49 inches, 101.7 cm2 (~77.0% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1080 x 2400 pixels, 20:9 ratio (~406 ppi density)
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
Platform OS Android 12
Chipset Qualcomm SM6375 Snapdragon 695 5G (6 nm)
CPU Octa-core (2x2.2 GHz Kryo 660 Gold & 6x1.7 GHz Kryo 660 Silver)
GPU Adreno 619
Memory Card slot microSDXC (uses shared SIM slot)
Internal 128GB 6GB RAM
Main Camera Dual 64 MP, f/1.8, (wide), 1/2", PDAF
8 MP, f/2.2, (ultrawide), 1/4.0", 1.12µm
Features Zeiss optics, Dual-LED dual-tone flash, second LED flash, HDR, panorama
Video 4K@30fps, 1080p@30fps
Selfie camera Single 16 MP, f/2.4 (wide)
Video 1080p@30fps
Sound Loudspeaker Yes, with stereo speakers
3.5mm jack Yes
Comms WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6, dual-band
Bluetooth 5.1, A2DP, LE, aptX Adaptive
Positioning GPS (L1+L5), GLONASS (G1), BDS (B1I+B1c+B2a), GALILEO (E1+E5a), QZSS (L1+L5), NavIC (L5)
NFC Yes (market/region dependent)
Radio Unspecified
USB USB Type-C 2.0, OTG
Features Sensors Fingerprint (side-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
Battery Type Li-Po 4800 mAh, non-removable
Charging 33W wired, PD2.0, QC3
Misc Colors Midnight Black, Pine Green
Price GBP 499 (EUR, 565 USD 624 and INR 51073)

The Nokia XR21 display also comes with Gorilla Glass Victus glass and a one-year free screen replacement warranty in Europe, Australia and New Zealand. In any case, the company adds that the phone can withstand being dropped from a height of up to 1.8 meters.

Take a look at the specs and you'll see that the Nokia XR21 is in line with your typical mid-range Android phone. The phone is powered by the Snapdragon 695 5G chipset, which is a modest upgrade over the XR20's budget Snapdragon 480 SoC. You also get 6GB of RAM, 128GB of permanent storage, and a 6.49-inch LCD screen with a 120Hz refresh rate (FHD+ resolution, 500 nit brightness).

Country Price (Expected)
1. Nokia XR21 5G Price in Canada 851 CAD
2. Nokia XR21 5G Price in Australia 936 AUD
3. Nokia XR21 5G Price in Bangladesh 66465 BDT
4. Nokia XR21 5G Price in Nigeria 287280 NGN
5. Nokia XR21 5G Price in Mexico 11213 MXN
6. Nokia XR21 5G Price in Russia 49712 RUB
7. Nokia XR21 5G Price in UAE 2291 AED
8. Nokia XR21 5G Price in Hong Kong 4899 HKD
9. Nokia XR21 5G Price in Brazilian 3138 BRL
10. Nokia XR21 5G Price in Argentin 140478 ARS
11. Nokia XR21 5G Price in Switzerland 554 CHF
12. Nokia XR21 5G Price in Japan 84558 JPY
13. Nokia XR21 5G Price in Madagascar 2 736666 MGA
14. Nokia XR21 5G Price in Tanzania 1 466476 TZS
15. Nokia XR21 5G Price in Hungary 212847 HUF
15. Nokia XR21 5G Price in South Korea 832591 KRW
17. Nokia XR21 5G Price in Saudi Arabia 2342 SAR
18. Nokia XR21 5G Price in Colombia 2 924334 COP
19. Nokia XR21 5G Price in Paraguay 4 483540 PYG
20. Nokia XR21 5G Price in Peru 2321 PEN
21. Nokia XR21 5G Price in China 4317 CNY
Nokia has exited the Russian market due to the Russian embargo

The new HMD phone also packs a 4,800mAh battery with 33W wired charging. Unfortunately, there's no wireless charging support like the XR20, and you don't get a charger in the box.

Interestingly, the company claims 60% longer battery life on the Nokia XR20. This sounds fantastic, but it simply means that the battery retains 80% of its capacity after 800 charge cycles – just like conventional smartphones. This means that the battery of the Nokia XR20 unfortunately deteriorated faster than that of normal phones. So we'd like HMD to take on OPPO and claim 1600 charge cycles to 80% capacity.


In terms of cameras, we get a 64-megapixel primary camera and an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera. So it seems that the leak pointing to the telephoto lens was far from the truth. A 16-megapixel camera is provided for selfies and video calls.

Other notable features include a 3.5mm port, dual stereo speakers, two hardware hotkeys, a side-mounted fingerprint reader, NFC, dual SIM card slots, eSIM support, and Android 12 .On the software front, HMD promises three major OS updates and four. annual monthly security patches.

The new HMD phone will be available from May 3 at the Nokia UK store for GBP 499 (EUR, 565 USD 624 and INR 51073). Initially, only the Midnight Black version will be available, with the Pine Green version arriving in June.

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