Google officially released the final version of Android 11 on September 8, 2020, by which point the Nokia 5.3 had already been out for six months. You may have expected it to get bumped up to the latest version soon rather than later, with it being an Android One device and all, but that's only just happening now and it'll be out of date again in around a month.
Since reviving Nokia's mobile handset business, HMD Global has been a good overall steward of it — especially in making consumers aware of its phones which are almost exclusively found online. Well, the company is now about to send four types of earbuds to American shores.
After an uncharacteristic foray into the world of smart lighting, HMD Global just got back to business with the introduction of several new Nokia phones and accessories. The headline new piece of hardware is the XR20, a "don't call it rugged" phone that has some serious durability credentials while still looking like something you'd want to carry around. Also in tow is the C30 entry-level handset, a new feature phone, and far too many new sets of earbuds.
There's no shortage of ways to spend upwards of $1,000 on a smartphone these days, but sometimes, you just want something that works without breaking the bank. Budget devices can be hard to get right — too many cut corners can equal a bad experience. The Nokia 5.4 is one of the best entry-level phones you can buy right now, and it's back down to its lowest price at Amazon today.
For as much fun as it can be to go hands-on with an over-the-top, preposterously expensive, gimmick-driven flagship phone, I've long held a special affinity for those that manage to do more with less — the affordable handsets. And while I still carry a torch for old Nexus models or the early days of OnePlus, today's budget market looks very different. Players like Samsung (and until recently, LG) make sure they have their bases covered with both premium and affordable models alike, while others like HMD's Nokia line have been catering more or less specifically to this segment.
After making a play with Android smartphones at all points of the price spectrum, Nokia Mobile pre-announced a slew of low-cost phones for the 2021 summer season. We now know when U.S. customers can expect to buy one of them and for how much.
Nokia has pretty much stepped away from making premium phones at this point, mostly focusing on the budget market in the past few years. The brand launched a slew of affordable phones for the European market last month, and it's now bringing one of those phones to the US.
HMD Global's Nokia phones come with some of the cleanest Android builds around, but that still doesn't make the company the fastest to update its devices. Despite a roadmap shared with users last year, some of the phones slated for Android 11 still haven't received new software versions. To better reflect when updates might actually be ready, Nokia has expanded its roadmap up to Q3 and added a couple of new devices onto its list.
The Nokia 3.2 was blessed with an Android 11 update in March, and earlier this month, the previous flagship 8.1 and the budget 2.3 could join the party. Now the Nokia 2.2 is also in for the Android 11 update, as reported by TechMesto. The new firmware is rolling out to 24 countries, predominantly in Europe and Asia, while people living in other areas will still have to wait a while.
Nokia is preparing a fresh batch of entry-level phones — including those with 5G — for 2021. But in the E.U. and U.K., where the six devices and some wireless earbuds will arrive first, there's more to this announcement than just hardware and new names.