The Nokia X30 is described as Nokia’s “most eco-friendly phone yet,” which suggests that it places a high priority on protecting the environment. This covers not just 3 years of warranty and software support but also recycled (and recyclable) components whenever available. The X30 sort of needs to assume that role in a lineup when there is not a real flagship as the others define it. The Snapdragon 695, which runs the X30, is anything but a flagship processor. An absence of telephoto in a camera system also does not scream “high-end.” Stereo speakers and wireless charging are two minor exclusions that keep the X30 in the traditional midranger category.
This device has Gorilla Glass Victus display protection, which is still uncommon in the midrange, as well as proper dust and water protection. Since we are talking about it, let us also remark that the display is now OLED, three and a half years after the previous Nokia device had one. Things do not seem all that dire after all when you turn back to the cameras and view things from a perspective that has already been adjusted for pricing. The 50MP primary unit on the rear uses the same sensor as the Galaxy S22, which is noteworthy and qualifies as a flagship feature. The other two cameras are not as impressive; the 13MP ultrawide lacks autofocus and has no specialized “macro” companion, so closeups appear to be out of the question, while the 16MP selfie camera serves no purpose.
Other aspects of the X30 can likewise be described as reasonable. Small at first glance, the battery should have adequate power for the internal components, which are not unduly demanding, and the 33W charging capability appears like it will provide respectably quick top-ups without going overboard. The under-display fingerprint sensor is back in addition to the OLED display.
Nokia X30 Specs
- Body: 158.9×73.9x8mm, 185g; Glass front (Gorilla Glass Victus), aluminum frame, plastic back; IP67 dust/water resistant.
- Network: 2G, 3G, 4G, and 5G.
- Display: 6.43″ OLED, 1B colors, 90Hz, 450nits (typ), 700nits (peak), 1080x2400px resolution, 20:9 aspect ratio, 409ppi.
- Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G (6nm).
- Memory: 128GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 8GB RAM; UFS 3.0.
- OS: Android 12 (1st Release).
- WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6.
- Bluetooth: 5.1v.
- Rear camera: Wide (main): 50MP; Ultrawide angle: 13MP.
- Front camera: 16MP.
- Battery: 4200mAh; Fast charging 33W, PD 3.0.
- Others: Fingerprint reader (under display); NFC.
If the phone did not have any significant defects, we would be prepared to pay that amount, but the chipset choice inevitably entails at least a few, including mediocre performance and constrained video recording options. Both the solitary loudspeaker and the primary camera’s unsteady performance—in broad daylight, of all times—do not help. However, the Nokia X30 does a few things a little bit differently than the others, and you could find value in those. If you tend to use your phone for as long as it lasts, the 3-year warranty is wonderful, and having software upgrades guaranteed for that long is much appreciated. If you are a lover of stock Android, that software is itself a selling feature. Additionally, the X30 excels in several hardware areas as well. For example, the display is reliable, the battery life and charging speed are both respectable, and the dust- and water-resistance are not a standard feature across the board in the class. When everything is taken into account, the Nokia X30 is not exactly deserving of a rousing endorsement.