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The durable HMD XR21 phone has been released

14. 05. 2024 Tuesday / By: Robert Denes / Reviews / Exact time: BST / Print this page

T oday, HMD Global announced its new XR21 smartphone, which is of course the HMD logo version of the XR21 smartphone announced by Nokia in the spring. Technically and externally, the device is the same, but the Nokia logo has changed to the HMD logo.

The HMD XR21 is actually the same as the so-called "European edition" of the Nokia XR21. The HMD XR21 is manufactured in Europe and is one of the few devices whose production was imported from China. HMD Global's first production line for 5G phones is located in Hungary in Europe. According to HMD Global, the move to European manufacturing is in line with the growth potential of smartphones in Europe.

Also, like the HMD XR21 and all other HMD devices, customer data is stored in Finland. The new HMD XR21 with 6GB RAM, 128GB storage, Dual SIM will hit the stores at a price of EUR 599.99 (GBP 514, USD 646, INR 53871). The phone only has a Midnight Black color variant.

The phone has invested in a durable implementation, as the HMD XR21 combines a plastic shock-resistant construction with a frame made of 100 percent recycled aluminum. The screen is protected by Gorilla Glass Victus. The phone measures 168 x 78.58 x 10.45 millimeters and weighs 231 grams. The device has MIL-STD-810H and IP68/IP69K impact, dirt and water resistance.

As promised, the HMD XR21 can withstand being dropped from a height of 1.8 meters, and the device can withstand immersion in water up to one and a half meters for an hour, as well as a pressure of 100 bar at a temperature of 80 degrees. Celsius. HMD XR21 has been tested for operation at temperatures between -20 and +55 degrees. According to the promises, the phone will get a free screen repair in the first year, and the warranty lasts up to three years.

The HMD XR21 features a 6.49-inch IPS LCD display panel with Full HD+ resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, a hole for the front camera, and 550 nits of brightness. The screen can be used with wet hands or even with gloves.

Jean-Francois BarilJean-Francois Baril, co-founder and CEO of HMD Global Oy, said:

At HMD, our commitment to security and sustainability is evident in the XR21. As the first global manufacturer to establish production in Europe as of September 2023, we ensure that every HMD XR21 is crafted to the highest standards in Europe—passing rigorous software and malware checks before reaching you. This move significantly boosts device security.

Sustainable and Sturdy: It's not often that a phone can withstand the rigors of outdoor sports while championing eco-friendly practices. The XR21 does just that. With military-grade durability standards and an IP69K rating, it thrives in challenging environments—whether I'm at a business site or cycling through rugged trails. Plus, its body is made from 100% recycled aluminum, and the battery is designed for extended life, reinforcing our pledge to sustainability.

Driven by Innovation: At HMD, we're driven by a passion for innovation and a commitment to our customers. This is why every decision—from device manufacturing in Europe to centralizing data processing in Finland—ensures compliance with GDPR and reinforces our dedication to privacy and security.

Thanks for being a part of our journey and trusting us to be a part of your daily professional and personal life.

The Snapdragon 695 5G system chip developed by Qualcomm is responsible for the performance, which is designed to provide good enough performance for basic use. The HMD XR21 offers 6 gigabytes of RAM and 128 gigabytes of internal storage based on the UFS 2.2 standard. No memory card slot.

HMD Global has equipped the device with a 64-megapixel main camera, which is 1/2-inch and has a pixel size of 0.7 microns. The main camera has an f/1.79 aperture and, of course, autofocus. One camera is an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera with f/2.2 aperture, 1/4-inch sensor size, and 112-degree field of view. In addition to the cameras, there are also two LED flashes.

The HMD XR21's cameras are said to offer advanced artificial intelligence features such as Dark Vision night photography mode and AI portrait mode. The cameras are topped with Gorilla Glass DX+, which is scratch-resistant and promises to let 98 percent of light into the lenses. On the front of the HMD XR21 is a 16-megapixel selfie camera.

Battery life is based on a large 4,800 mAh battery that can be charged via USB-C at 33 watts. Compared to its predecessor, HMD Global has eliminated wireless charging this time. According to HMD Global, the phone has a two-day battery life. In addition, the battery should maintain more than 80 percent after 800 charge cycles, which is a 60 percent better performance than its predecessor.

There is a fingerprint reader integrated into the power button on the side of the device. The phone also has two programmable buttons that can be conveniently set to different functions. HMD Global uses stereo speakers in the phone, which are now louder than before. Sound comes out at 96 decibels and Audio boost mode is supported. The HMD XR21 also offers dual SIM card slots, eSIM support and NFC. Specifically, Google's older Android 13 operating system and not the latest Android 14. HMD Global promises that the phone will only receive Android version updates for 2 years and security updates for 3 years.


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