Nokia X30 5G review: This smartphone is (expensive)

The Nokia X30 is a smartphone priced in the mid-range, but does it fit there? We’ve tested it thoroughly and let you know if the device is worth the price.

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This is the Nokia X30 review

It’s the Nokia X30’s turn for this review. It is a mid-range smartphone with a price tag from 519 euros. This makes it comparable to, among others, Nothing Phone (1), Oppo Reno 8 and Motorola Edge 30 Fusion. We look at whether this phone is worth the price, how you like it in daily use and whether it can be recommended.

Solid housing

After a look at the X30, it is clear from which manufacturer it comes. And it’s not just because of the big Nokia logo on the back. The design is almost the same as the G60 that we recently tested.

For example, the camera island and flat sides appear identical, but this device is made of higher quality materials. Apart from the plastic back, the device feels solid with matte aluminum edges with shiny accents.

On the right side you will find the power button and the volume buttons. These are quite stiff compared to other smartphones. It’s a bit awkward at first, but luckily you get used to it quickly. At the bottom of the smartphone you will find a speaker that – despite offering mono sound – produces loud and clear sound. The entire housing is IP67 dust and waterproof.

Sustainability comes first

The remarkable thing about the house is that it partly consists of recycled material. The sides are made from 100 percent recycled aluminum and the back consists of 65 percent recycled raw materials.

Nokia uses the ‘sustainability stamp’ extensively on its packaging and website, but compared to competitors such as Nothing or Fairphone, the Finnish manufacturer does not use an unusually large amount of recycled material. The more recycled raw materials, the better of course, but in this case it seems more like a selling point. If you buy a Nokia X30, around twenty trees will also be planted, so to speak, good for nature conservation.

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The screen does what it should

Pick up the X30 and you’ll be greeted by a colorful 6.43-inch AMOLED screen. With a resolution of 2400 by 1080 pixels, it is not the sharpest on the market, but the colors look fine. It can still be read in direct sunlight. Below the display you will find the optical fingerprint scanner and the selfie camera in a hole.

The screen has a refresh rate of up to 90Hz. This simply means that it displays more frames per second, making animations look smoother and the smartphone feel faster. In practice, the difference is noticeable, but less noticeable than with a display with a 120Hz frequency. Still, more often we see smartphone manufacturers opting for the middle ground for this price segment.

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It’s important that a smartphone can take a beating and luckily the display on the X30 is protected by Gorilla Glass Victus; one of the strongest materials we usually come across on premium smartphones.

Budget segment hardware

The hardware in the X30 is simply quite disappointing. The Nokia is equipped with a Snapdragon 695 processor. This chip is mainly found in budget and mid-segment devices. Among other things, the own Nokia G60 is equipped with it and it costs almost 200 euros less.

The chip works well for everyday tasks, but there are occasional hiccups during use. 5G is also present, so you are fully prepared for the future.

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This more expensive Nokia is available in two versions, where the amount of working and storage memory is different. The most expensive variant with 265 GB of storage has 8 GB of RAM. With entry-level 128 GB of storage, you get 6 GB of RAM.

Bright color cameras

On the Nokia X30 you will find three sensors: a main and ultra-wide-angle camera on the back and a front camera for selfies and video calls. The main sensor has a resolution of 50 megapixels, which is more than enough to take a clear picture. With the wide-angle camera, you can capture more of the environment in one image. However, the resolution is considerably smaller, namely 13 megapixels.

With the help of HDR, modern smartphones ensure optimally exposed images. So is this Nokia X30, and it does it very well. Images with a dark foreground and light background are post-processed very well by the phone. However, images taken with the ultra-wide angle lens have a higher saturation and therefore more color.

The smartphone needs time to apply the HDR technique, so images move faster. With the built-in optical image stabilization, Nokia wants to counteract blurry images and videos. Overall, the X30 doesn’t do the sharpest, but they look colorful and contain nice contrast.

The selfie camera has a resolution of 16 megapixels and is surprisingly sharp. Furthermore, you can film with all cameras in full HD quality, and there are several creative photo modes available in the camera app. Consider a portrait mode or night mode.

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Simple and clear software

Software can make or break a smartphone, and thankfully the former is the case with the X30. Nokia is part of the Android One program; a software shell with few pre-installed applications and virtually no visual tweaks to Android. This ensures that the X30 is clear and easy to use.

The X30 runs on Android 12 and thus you get a lot of nice functionalities. For example, you can customize a lot of settings. If you change the background of your home screen, the icons will adapt to these colors. Your digital privacy is also better protected because apps have less access to your personal data and files.

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Android 12 is the second newest version of Google’s operating system. The latest version – Android 13 – is not yet available on Nokia at the time of publication, but that update is coming. In the future, we will see Android 13, 14 and 15 for the device. In addition, you will receive a monthly security update for three years.

Battery for a whole day

A smartphone is of no use if it has to be plugged in every once in a while. Fortunately, battery life with the X30 is fine. Nokia owes it to its 4200 mAh battery. This is an average battery capacity for the size of this smartphone, but you probably won’t miss anything. With average use, you can easily get through your day.

You charge the smartphone with a maximum of 33 Watts. Nokia still calls it fast charging, but in the meantime there are smartphones that charge much faster at the same price. Think of the Poco F4 and OnePlus Nord 2, which charge up to 67 watts. In practice, this means that the X30 takes an hour to charge from 0 to 50 percent.

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Conclusion Nokia X30 review

The Nokia X30 is not a bad phone. It feels sturdy, has a clear screen that is well protected and contains clear software. It also has excellent camera performance and lasts a day on a single battery charge.

However, the price segment in which Nokia presents the X30 5G is very strange. You can also find the same specifications in smartphones for 350 euros. So the sustainability aspect is something you have to pay a lot for, but in our opinion they are simply pricing themselves out of the market with such hardware.

We definitely recommend that you take a closer look at comparable smartphones with a lower price tag or phones with more value for money for the Nokia X30 price.

Buy Nokia X30

Are you interested in Nokia’s X30? Then take a look at our price comparison. There we map all providers with the best prices. In this way, you always have the best offer, both for a single device and with a subscription.

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