Nokia XR21

Nokia XR21 is the latest addition to the popular and rugged XR series of devices sold by the brand, which features a military-grade body and solid internals.

Nokia XR21

Nokia XR21

Editor Rating

Nokia XR21 is a unique phone, since it has the features and performance of a mid-range smartphone, but due to its rugged build quality, its price tag has jumped up to the premium market. Despite the added price, you still get a plastic body and construction, although one thing to keep in mind is that this plastic is military-grade compliant, so you can even drop the phone on concrete from 1.8m high and it will still survive the fall. This has also made the phone slightly thicker, due to all the material used for dampening, which also adds to the weight of the device. It is still deal for anyone that requires such high damage resistance, as even the display features Gorilla Glass Victus.


Bottom Line

Nokia XR21 is a solid and reliable smartphone that features a very nice display, a reliable processor, usable main cameras, and a large fast-charging battery. But the real standout feature is the build quality, which is military-grade compliant.


  • Build Quality
  • Display


  • Cameras

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Basic Details
Form Factor Bar
Year 2023
Announced Date Wednesday May 3, 2023
Released Date Wednesday May 3, 2023
Warranty 1 Year
Variants 6GB/128GB,660
Network & Connectivity
SIM Slots Dual
SIM Size Nano-SIM
Network 2G, 3G, 4G, 5G
Network Technology GSM, HSPA, LTE, 5G
Network Speed HSPA, LTE-A, 5G
2G Bands GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Bands HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100
4G Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 20, 25, 26, 28, 32, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 48, 66, 71
5G Bands 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 20, 25, 28, 40, 41, 66, 71, 77, 78, 79 SA/NSA
Extra Network Hybrid Dual SIM
WiFi Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6
Bluetooth 5.1, A2DP, LE, aptX Adaptive
GPS GPS (L1+L5), GLONASS (G1), BDS (B1I+B1c+B2a), GALILEO (E1+E5a), QZSS (L1+L5), NavIC (L5)
Connectivity Features USB Type-C 2.0
Dual Band Wi-Fi
Body & Design
Height 168 mm
Width 78.6 mm
Thickness 10.5 mm
Weight 231 g
IP Rating IP68
Colours Midnight Black, Pine Green
Body Features Glass Front (Gorilla Glass Victus)
Plastic Back
Plastic Frame
Drop-to-Concrete Resistance from up to 1.8m
MIL-STD-810H Compliant
Screen & Display
Display Type IPS LCD
Resolution 1080 x 2400 pixels
Screen Size 6.49 inches
Screen To Body Ratio 77.0
Ppi 406
Refresh Rate 120Hz
Aspect Ratio 20:9
Touchscreen Yes, Capacitive Touchscreen, Multi-Touch
Bezel-less Display Yes, with Punch Hole Display
Screen Protection Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
Display Features 550 nits Peak Brightness
Hardware & Performance
Chipset Qualcomm SM6375 Snapdragon 695 5G (6 nm)
Processor Octa-core (2x2.2 GHz Kryo 660 Gold & 6x1.7 GHz Kryo 660 Silver)
Graphics Adreno 619
Storage 128GB
Storage Features UFS 2.1
Card Slot Yes, MicroSDXC
Camera & Multimedia
Rear Camera 64 MP, f/1.8, (wide)
8 MP, f/2.2, (ultrawide)
Rear Camera Video 4K@30fps
Front Camera 16 MP, f/2.4 (wide)
Front Camera Video 1080p@30fps
Camera Features lash shot mode
Night mode 2.0
AI Portrait
UW Capture fusion
Action cam
OZO Spatial Audio capture with wind-noise cancellation
35mm Array
Speakers Yes, with Stereo Speakers
Battery & Charging
Battery Type Li-Po (Lithium Polymer)
Battery Capacity 4800 mAh
Charging Port USB-C
Charging Speed 33W
Fast Charging 33W
OS & Software
Operating System Android OS
OS Version Android 12
Sensors & Features
Sensors Accelerometer
Magnetometer / Compass
Fingerprint - Button

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