HMD Global has just announced a range of new affordable Nokia smartphones running Android 11. The new Nokia X, G and C series mark HMD’s move away from numeric naming and return to alphanumeric names, just as they did in the late 2000s and early 2010s. Among those smartphones, the Nokia X10 and X20 headline today’s announcement, packed with exciting features like 5G connectivity and ZEISS lenses for enhanced photography. In terms of software, these X-Series phones also benefit from three years of Android operating system updates, down from two updates earlier.
Most HMD Global Android smartphones launched after the Nokia brand was discontinued received similar treatment in terms of software updates. Regardless of their price, HMD Global has promised or has already delivered two Android version updates and three years of security updates for these devices. However, the Nokia X10 and X20 are the first phones from the Nokia warehouse to receive software updates for an additional year. Since these phones work out of the box on Android 11, they will receive updates for Android 12, Android 13, and even Android 14. In addition, HMD Global offers monthly security updates for three years.
This promise of three years of Android updates puts the Nokia X10 and X20 on par with Google’s Pixel devices and some of the OnePlus flagships after the OnePlus 3 / 3T. Incidentally, Samsung announced three generations of Android updates for the Galaxy A52 and Galaxy A72 smartphones as well as four years of security updates.
The Nokia X smartphones are powered by Qualcomm’s affordable 5G chipset – Snapdragon 480 – which ensures the phones are ready for the next generation of mobile connectivity. In addition to the hardware, the promised three-year updates also ensure a long service life for the X-series smartphones. With this advantage, the Nokia X-series devices can easily beat many of their competitors from specification-driven brands like Xiaomi and Realme.