Is Nokia making a comeback with the budget friendly C10?

Is Nokia making a comeback with the budget friendly C10?

The Nokia C10 is a basic entry-level smartphone that features a 6.5-inch HD+ display. 

The Nokia C10 (C10) smartphone will be released on June 7, 2021 and is part of Nokia’s new C-series entry level smartphones. Priced at 3.990Php , the Nokia C10 is a basic entry-level smartphone that features a 6.5-inch HD+ display. 


You get a circular rear camera on the back and the phone is available in Gray and Light Purple color schemes. UIt’s worth mentioning that since this is the most basic of basics, the phone does not come with a fingerprint scanner. The phone has a weight of  191 grams and  has a 6.52 inches HD LCD screen with 720p resolution with a maximum of 400 nits brightness.   Despite the  dewdrop notch, there are still very notable bezels on the four sides, especially below the display, which also houses Nokia branding. It’s also a good thing that you get Panda Glass on the screen for  added protection.  The Power button and volume rockers are on the right hand side. The top of the phone has a 3.5mm audio and that the  device is even preloaded with FM Radio out of box which is rare to see on smartphones nowadays. The charging port and the phone’s audio receiver are located in the bottom of the phone; however, the loud speaker is moved to the back. The Nokia C10 has a removable back cover and the battery is removable too, which is something we hardly see these days. The device has three dedicated slots for your SIMs and SD-card, and all of these are kept under the removable panel. 



Camera should be the last reason why anyone will be buying any cheap smartphone such as the C10. The main camera and the selfie camera are similar in that they both are 5 MP sensors with  LED flash.  So image quality isn’t something to be super impressed about especially in slightly dark lighting conditions. The image quality for the  front and back  are what you would expect from a 5MP sensor. It is worth noting as well that both cameras are able to take 720P resolution videos as well . 


Battery & Performance 

The Nokia C10 runs on a Unisoc SC7331E chipset clocked at 1.3GHz with 2GB of RAM and an Android 11 Go Edition operating system. There’s also 16GB of expandable storage and 3G HSPA+ connectivity.  You’ll still be able to run some games and apps but don’t expect to run games on the maximum settings though . The impressive part about the OS is that you will be getting 2-years major OS updates for the C10, meaning it will be upgradable up to Android 13 . It is worth noting though, that the Nokia C10 is only a 2G/3G smartphone, and 4G LTE network is not supported.  As for the battery, I find myself reaching for the charger more often . That is because the outdated removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery lasts for one day in normal use and 5 hours of screen time. It’s a standard size, but nowadays phones need more power and fast charging. As I mentioned before, this phone is a Basic smartphone. 


“Let’s face it. The C10 is not for everybody.  On the other hand, if budget is a constraint, and you can make do without 4G LTE network, or say the possibility of future Android update is of any value to you, then go with the C10 as nothing comes close to what this “little” phone offers for the price point. It’s also worth mentioning that Nokia is famous for its build quality so you can say this phone is more durable than most smartphones out there”  – (Geoffrey D.  Techg3 tech reviewer )






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