The Nokia X30 5G and G60 5G are recently released devices by Nokia and recently made available in the Nigerian market. They are priced significantly differently but it might interest you how many similarities exist between them on specifications and to some extent, the lesser G60 seems like the better value for money, even though it has that hideous waterdrop notch display.
But there’s plenty to talk about the X30 which I believe is Nokia’s first AMOLED display device, correct me if I’m wrong.
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Nokia G60 5G vs Nokia X30 5G Price In Nigeria
When I saw the specs of both devices I got confused for a bit especially as the X30 is significantly more expensive costing about N360,000 in Nigeria, which is around $450 but packs the Snapdragon 695 which is not a bad processor but seems the least offered at this price point. It becomes more interesting when you realize the same processor powers the G60 which costs about N140,000 less.
Nokia G60 5G vs Nokia X30 5G Specifications
September 1st, 2022
September 1st, 2022
Type of Screen
Size Of Screen
1080 x 2408
1080 x 2400
166 x 75.9 x 8.6 mm
158.9 x 73.9 x 8 mm
A Glass front made of Gorilla Glass 5, a plastic frame, and a back.
A Glass Front made Gorilla Glass Victus, an aluminum frame, and a plastic back.
But there are actually a couple of things that separate them that may be good enough reasons for you to pick up the Nokia X30 5G. It boasts the most premium build as far as midrange smartphones go with a Gorilla Glass Victus-protected display and an aluminum frame.
Pretty much flagship build quality. According to Nokia, it was built from 100% recycled aluminum and 65% recycled plastic, so it’s their most eco-friendly phone to date. When a brand starts saying stuff like eco-friendly you can guess where they’re headed. Both phones are 5G capable and will work with MTNs 5G here in Nigeria. The X30 as you probably noticed does not get a headphone jack.
The charger is out of the box, they’re “saving the planet”. Ironically, the G60 in contrast, comes with a charger and earphones. I’m no expert on planet-saving but it looks like the G60 does a better job at being eco-friendly as it saves you from spending money on extra accessories with extra packaging.
Android Operating System & Sofware Upgrade
They’re both Android One devices and promise 3 years of OS upgrades. Currently running stock Android 12, so that’s Android 15 guaranteed. As far as software is concerned, I’d say the efficiency and smoothness of stock Android cannot be overemphasized. It’s the closest to the Pixel experience you’ll ever get and it’s nice to see Nokia still giving that to us with their devices.
Display & IP Rating
Speaking of smoothness the more affordable Nokia G60 has a higher refresh rate display at 120hz compared to the 90hz we get on the X30 5G. I know, it’s annoying but it is what it is. They’re both set to either adaptive or 60hz. So you don’t get to choose the high refresh rate always. In the defense of the X30 though, it gets a lovely AMOLED display with a much better design. What it lacks in refresh rate, it gains in display quality.
I would’ve complained more about its 90hz, but the Google Pixel 7 has 90hz and the far more expensive iPhone 14 has 60hz so I guess Nokia gets a pass. Now looking at both devices, it’s easy to see which looks the more premium, and not only does it look premium it also feels premium. I’m referring to the X30 5G of course. It also gets IP67 water and dust resistance so as far as build quality goes, you’re getting your money’s worth.
If this had like a Snapdragon 778G it would’ve been hands down a contender for the best value for money. As a matter of fact, its pricing puts it as a contender with the Samsung Galaxy A73 or even Google Pixel 6a. That’s pretty competitive. The G60 on the other hand which I’d say is more fairly priced, has a waterdrop notch LCD display, probably the only device at this price point with that display design. It compensates in other areas as the Snapdragon 695 is fitting for this price point.
RAM & Internal Memory
The Nokia X30 5G has as much as 256GB of storage and 8GB of RAM, while the G60 gets 128GB base storage for this region and 6GB of RAM. It gets an SD card slot and keeps the headphone jack. Both devices support dual sim cards, and you can also use eSIM with the X30 5G.
The Nokia X30 applies an optical fingerprint scanner which is convenient to use and as fast as you’d expect from a good one. The G60 uses a side-mounted scanner on the power button. Both work just fine. One thing I’ve noticed about the software is that while stock and has proper material U integration, it doesn’t apply to the icons as we have on the pixels or Samsung.
From my little usage of both so far, I can’t deny the X30 does feel premium. In time we’ll know how well it’s worth the price tag. Actually, I’m more inclined to use the X30 because of that premium feel.
Battery Capacity & Charging
The Nokia G60 gets a higher battery capacity at 4500mAh and supports 20 watts of fast charging while the X30 gets the faster 33 watts of fast charging.
In the camera department, both get a 50MP Main camera but the X30 has a better configuration with OIS, a better Ultra-wide, and a selfie camera. Not used both long enough but the few photos I’ve shot of both look good.
What are your thoughts about these two devices? I think they’re both solid but lacking features that make them competitive but specs don’t tell the whole story.