Nokia’s new phones are battery-draining, but priced low

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Rather than offering a glitzy high-priced flagship, Nokia’s new phones focus more on affordability and durability. The C range, which includes the C21, C21 Plus and C2 2nd Edition, starts at just £75 in the UK and all three promise at least a day’s battery life. The range’s availability in the US has yet to be confirmed, but that £75 starting price converts to around $100 or AU$140.

The C21 Plus is the hero of the lineup, with a 6.5-inch screen and up to 5,050mAh battery, which Nokia says should give you up to three days of mixed use. It’s rated IP52 for water and dust resistance, with a metal chassis that Nokia says makes it well-suited to life’s knocks and bumps.

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Nokia C21 Plus

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As a hero model, the C21 Plus has the top price tag of £100 (about $140) and will go on sale in the UK and “select markets” in April.

Further down the line is the base C21, which has a 6.5-inch screen, an octa-core processor with 2 or 3GB of RAM and a single 8-megapixel rear camera. Its 3,000mAh battery is smaller than its more expensive sibling, but Nokia says you’ll be able to get a full day’s worth of use out of it. It will retail for around £83 (about $110) when it goes on sale in late March.

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Nokia C21

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Finally, there is the C2 2nd edition. The cheapest of the bunch, this basic Android phone is meant as an upgrade for those of you who might still be using a feature phone. It’s got a smaller 5.7-inch screen, 5-megapixel rear camera, “all-day” battery and what Nokia calls “premium Nordic craftsmanship” – although it’s not exactly what that actually means. clear.

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Nokia C2 2nd Edition

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The C2 2nd Edition goes on sale in the UK in May for £75 ($100).

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