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Nokia XR21 review - Robust smartphone for everyday tasks with IP69K certification

Safety first! The Nokia XR21 aims to be a smartphone that emphasizes sustainability and a long battery life. Not only is it water, dust, and shock proof, but it is also provided with updates for a long time and even gets an expanded warranty. Find out in our test, whether the XR21 keeps its promises. Update: Android 13 rollout is now in full swing.

The Nokia XR21 from HMD Global is the direct successor to the Nokia XR20. The manufacturer keeps the same design concept, aiming to offer a particularly robust and long-lasting smartphone to the customers, without getting as bulky as classic rugged smartphones.

This already worked really well last year, and HMD has improved the XR21 in many areas, particularly its robustness. The battery capacity has increased, the refresh rate is higher, there is a new camera, and a more current SoC is also included. To make up for this, the MSRP has increased by 20 Euros (~$22) to 599 Euros (~$656), and the more affordable entry-level model with reduced storage is not available anymore.

27.07.2023: Android 13 is now available for the phone.

Nokia XR21 (XR Series)
Processor
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G 8 x 1.7 - 2.2 GHz, Kryo 660 Gold (2x Cortex-A78) / Silver (6x Cortex-A55)
Graphics adapter
Memory
6 GB 
, LPDDR4x
Display
6.49 inch 20:9, 2400 x 1080 pixel 406 PPI, capacitive, TFT-LCD, Corning Gorilla Glass Victus, glossy: yes, 120 Hz
Storage
128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash, 128 GB 
, 114 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), Audio Connections: 3.5 mm audio port, USB-C, 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: barometer, G-sensor, eCompass, gyroscope, proximity sensor
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6/), Bluetooth 5.1, 2G (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz), 3G (Band 1, 2, 4, 5, 8), LTE (Band 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 13, 20, 25, 26, 28, 32, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 48, 66, 71), 5G-Sub6 (Band 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 20, 25, 28, 40, 41, 66, 71, 77, 78, 79), Dual SIM, LTE, 5G
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 10.45 x 168 x 78.58 ( = 0.41 x 6.61 x 3.09 in)
Battery
4800 mAh Lithium-Ion, QC 3.0, PD 2.0
Charging
fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Android 12
Camera
Primary Camera: 64 MPix (OV64B40, f/1.8) + 8 MPix (ultra wide, OV08D10, f/2.2); Camera2 API: Level 3
Secondary Camera: 16 MPix (OC16A1Q, fixfocus, f/2.5)
Additional features
Speakers: dual, Keyboard: onscreen, USB cable, SIM tool, 36 Months Warranty, DRM Widevine L1, GNSS: GPS (L1, L5); Galileo (E1, E5a), GLONASS (L1), Beidou (B1, B1C, B2a), QZSS (L1, L5) ,NavIC (L5), two configurable buttons, impact protected polycarbonate, impact absorbing TPU bumpers, IP68/IP69K, fanless, ruggedized, waterproof
Weight
231 g ( = 8.15 oz / 0.51 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
599 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Possible Competitors in Comparison

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Drive
Size
Resolution
Best Price
82.3 %
06/2023
Nokia XR21
SD 695 5G, Adreno 619
231 g128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash6.49"2400x1080
82.6 %
12/2022
Gigaset GX6
Dimensity 900, Mali-G68 MP4
278 g128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash6.60"2412x1080
81.9 %
08/2022
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
SD 778G 5G, Adreno 642L
235 g128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash6.60"2408x1080
88.5 %
11/2022
Google Pixel 7
Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7
197 g128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.30"2400x1080
79.7 %
05/2023
CAT S75
Dimensity 930, IMG BXM-8-256
268 g128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash6.58"2408x1080

Case - The Nokia XR21 resists a 100-bar water stream

The Nokia XR21 is available in the colors Midnight Black and Pine Green. At a thickness of 10.45 mm (~0.41 in), it definitely is not a slim smartphone, but it is still slimmer than a classic rugged phone such as the CAT S75 and especially also noticeably lighter. However, the design still looks a bit aged, with the rather mediocre display-to-surface ratio of 77% also contributing to this impression.

The rubberized smartphone corners aren't very visible, but you can still feel them. HMD Global calls them dampening TPU shocks. The back is made of shock resistant polycarbonate, and the front is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass Victus. The Nokia XR21 leaves a high-quality and particularly robust impression, presenting itself with clean workmanship.

The smartphone is not only dust and waterproof according to IP68 but also offers an IP69K certification, allowing it to withstand a water stream with a pressure of 100 bars. Drops from a height of 1.8 meters (~5.9 ft) won't create any problems for the XR21. According to the MIL-STD-810H standard, it is certified against drops from a height of 1.5 meters (~4.9 ft) and can be used in temperatures between -20 and +55 °C (-4 to 131 °F).  It can also be operated with wet hands or gloves.

The case of the Nokia XR21 is made of 100% recycled aluminum, and HMD Global also makes a short environment impact profile of the smartphone available.

 (photo: Alexander Schmidt)
 (photo: Alexander Schmidt)
 (photo: Alexander Schmidt)
 (photo: Alexander Schmidt)
 (photo: Alexander Schmidt)

Size Comparison

171 mm / 6.73 inch 80 mm / 3.15 inch 11.9 mm / 0.4685 inch 268 g0.591 lbs170.7 mm / 6.72 inch 82.2 mm / 3.24 inch 11.9 mm / 0.4685 inch 278 g0.613 lbs171.6 mm / 6.76 inch 81.5 mm / 3.21 inch 10.6 mm / 0.4173 inch 248 g0.547 lbs168.8 mm / 6.65 inch 79.9 mm / 3.15 inch 9.9 mm / 0.3898 inch 235 g0.518 lbs168 mm / 6.61 inch 78.58 mm / 3.09 inch 10.45 mm / 0.4114 inch 231 g0.509 lbs155.6 mm / 6.13 inch 73.2 mm / 2.88 inch 8.7 mm / 0.3425 inch 197 g0.4343 lbs148 mm / 5.83 inch 105 mm / 4.13 inch 1 mm / 0.03937 inch 1.5 g0.00331 lbs

Equipment - Nokia smartphone without microSD

In contrast to the XR20, the Nokia XR21 only offers a USB-2.0 port without giving the option for storage expansion via microSD card.

But at least, the audio port remains. Since connected headphones also serve as an antenna, the port is also necessary to operate the analog radio receiver. In addition, Bluetooth 5.1, NFC, and two quick access keys are also available.

Top: microphone, quick-access key, audio port (photo: Alexander Schmidt)
Top: microphone, quick-access key, audio port
Left: power port (photo: Alexander Schmidt)
Left: power port
Right: volume rocker, power button (photo: Alexander Schmidt)
Right: volume rocker, power button
Bottom: speaker, USB, microphone, SIM slot (photo: Alexander Schmidt)
Bottom: speaker, USB, microphone, SIM slot

Software - Android 12 with 4 years of updates

The Nokia XR21 is still delivered with Google Android 12, which is kept very purely. But there are also several third-party apps preinstalled, which can all be uninstalled. HMD Global promises three large updates for the XR21 and monthly security patches for four years, starting from the global market introduction. While this initially sounds good, unfortunately the XR21 isn't delivered directly with Android 13, although version 14 is already in the starting blocks and the predecessor has even received the update already last year. In addition, the plan to distribute the security patches monthly is already not working, since at the time of this test, our test unit is still at the level of March 5, 2023.

July 27, 2023 update: An update to Android 13 is now available that includes July 2023 security patches.

Communication and GNSS - Wi-Fi 6 with the brakes applied

The Nokia XR21 supports all the current mobile communication standards including 5G-Sub6, offering an extensive amount of frequency bands, so that it should be able to create a connection without any trouble in most parts of the world. The communication characteristics are good in the city environment during our test.

Nominally, the XR21 supports Wi-Fi 6 just like last year's model. However, in the test with our Asus ROG Rapture GT-AXE11000 reference router, the transfer speeds turn out surprisingly low, even though they remain stable. The speeds are at the level of a rather mediocre ac WLAN. Although the speed was already not outstanding in the XR20, it was still significantly higher. Probably HMD Global will still make some improvements in this regard.

Networking
Nokia XR21
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
iperf3 receive AXE11000
346 (min: 320) MBit/s ∼38%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
360 (min: 326) MBit/s ∼38%
Gigaset GX6
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 900, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
892 MBit/s ∼52%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
743 MBit/s ∼42%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
944 (min: 866) MBit/s ∼55%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
910 (min: 677) MBit/s ∼52%
Google Pixel 7
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
iperf3 receive AXE11000
904 (min: 816) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
936 (min: 863) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
1716 (min: 845) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
1757 (min: 1694) MBit/s ∼100%
CAT S75
IMG BXM-8-256, Dimensity 930, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
iperf3 receive AXE11000
345 (min: 331) MBit/s ∼38%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
372 (min: 353) MBit/s ∼40%
Nokia XR20
Adreno 619, SD 480, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
iperf3 transmit AX12
630 (min: 561) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 receive AX12
649 (min: 589) MBit/s ∼100%
Average of class Smartphone
 
iperf3 receive AXE11000
635 (min: 34.8) MBit/s ∼70%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
668 (min: 40.5) MBit/s ∼71%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
1510 (min: 229) MBit/s ∼88%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
1368 (min: 598) MBit/s ∼78%
iperf3 transmit AX12
392 (min: 42.9) MBit/s ∼62%
iperf3 receive AX12
394 (min: 50.4) MBit/s ∼61%
03570105140175210245280315350385420455490525560595630665Tooltip
Nokia XR21 Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Qualcomm Adreno 619; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø346 (320-352)
Nokia XR20 Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Qualcomm Adreno 619; iperf3 receive AX12; iperf 3.1.3: Ø648 (589-673)
Nokia XR21 Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Qualcomm Adreno 619; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø360 (326-373)
Nokia XR20 Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Qualcomm Adreno 619; iperf3 transmit AX12; iperf 3.1.3: Ø630 (561-645)
GPS Test: indoors
Indoors
GPS Test: outdoors
Outdoors

The Nokia XR21 is able to use all global satellite networks and can even create a connection indoors. Even though the latter takes more time, it still finds a fairly accurate location within several seconds. As expected, this works much faster and is more accurate outdoors.

We compare the smartphone with a Garmin Venu 2 on a short bike ride. The difference in the recorded route is 60 meters (~197 ft) over an almost 10 km (~6,2 miles) total route, but XR21 reported a significantly higher amount of altitude traversed. The route recording is fairly accurate in the detail view, allowing us to attest the Nokia smartphone with good locating capabilities.

GNSS test route: around the lake
GNSS test route: around the lake
GNSS test route: turning point
GNSS test route: turning point
GNSS test route: overview
GNSS test route: overview

Telephone Functions and Voice Quality

Phone app
Phone app (Settings)

The Nokia XR21 offers full dual-SIM support, either with two physical Nano-SIM cards or alternatively, you can also replace one of them with an eSIM. Other functions such as VoLTE and WLAN calls are also supported.

The voice quality is decent. In quiet surroundings, both conversation partners are easy to understand, sounding natural with a low amount of noise. Minor noise interference is filtered out. In speaker mode, we hear some slight accompanying crackling noise, and the microphones record spoken words only quietly.

Cameras - Nokia XR21 with a new dual-camera

Selfie with the XR21 (Portrait mode)
Selfie with the XR21 (Portrait mode)

The front camera of the Nokia XR21 has a 16-MP resolution, but since it uses pixel binning, the resulting pictures have a resolution of only 4.1 MP. The pictures are fairly decent and able to impress with an attractive image composition. But the sharpness could have turned out a bit higher. Videos are only recorded in Full HD at 30 FPS, and fast movements can also result in some visible streaking.

The dual-camera system in the back uses a main sensor with a 64-MP resolution. Unfortunately, it doesn't offer optical image stabilization (OIS). The images are characterized by a very natural color representation but in some places a bit dark. Although many details are lost in low light conditions, the resulting pictures are still decent with the objects still easily recognizable. You can only zoom digitally (8x max). The quality is okay up to a 2x zoom level, but at higher levels the results are hardly usable. The ultrawide angle offers a lower resolution than that of the XR20 but still does a decent job. The depth sharpness is okay, but the images could also be slightly brighter here.

The Nokia XR21 also offers a Pro mode including RAW support. The full 64-MP resolution of the main sensor can also be used. Videos can be recorded in 1,080p (16:9) at 30 or 60 FPS at best. The electronic image stabilization works fairly well, but unfortunately the autofocus refocuses from time to time. Using cinema mode, you can also record videos in 21:9 format at 24 FPS, with the user having the choice of recording at either 20 or 50 Mbps. Thanks to OZO audio, voices are recorded fairly clearly.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

HauptkameraHauptkameraUltraweitwinkel5-facher ZoomLow-Light
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ColorChecker
4.8 ∆E
2.3 ∆E
3.5 ∆E
8.1 ∆E
2.1 ∆E
1.1 ∆E
5.4 ∆E
2.2 ∆E
5.7 ∆E
2.4 ∆E
3.6 ∆E
5.7 ∆E
2.3 ∆E
2.9 ∆E
4.3 ∆E
6.6 ∆E
4.4 ∆E
1.5 ∆E
8.2 ∆E
4.2 ∆E
2.4 ∆E
2.5 ∆E
2.6 ∆E
4.5 ∆E
ColorChecker Nokia XR21: 3.89 ∆E min: 1.13 - max: 8.25 ∆E
ColorChecker
27.9 ∆E
49.8 ∆E
36.8 ∆E
34 ∆E
41.7 ∆E
59.8 ∆E
50.3 ∆E
32.7 ∆E
38.6 ∆E
25.8 ∆E
61.5 ∆E
62.4 ∆E
28.8 ∆E
45.9 ∆E
34.3 ∆E
71.7 ∆E
40 ∆E
43.3 ∆E
79.2 ∆E
67.8 ∆E
49.6 ∆E
35 ∆E
22.3 ∆E
12.6 ∆E
ColorChecker Nokia XR21: 43.83 ∆E min: 12.64 - max: 79.22 ∆E

Accessories and Warranty - Charger not included with the XR21

The box of the Nokia XR21 only includes a USB cable and a SIM tool. A corresponding charger is not included, but HMD Global optionally offers one for around 35 Euros (~$38).

The XR21 has a 36-month warranty and a one-year warranty for replacing a defective display.

Input Devices and Operation - Two quick-access keys

The capacitive touchscreen of the Nokia XR21 recognizes up to ten touch points simultaneously, implementing the commands quickly and accurately. The sliding characteristics of the glass surface are very good. The ERM vibration motor is powerful enough to be easily noticeable, but it has a rather spongy feedback.

The XR21 offers two quick access keys: one on top and another on the left side of the frame. Both can be configured individually and occupied with either system elements, apps, or an emergency function. The keys can distinguish a short or long press, allowing you to assign two functions to each of the keys.

A fingerprint sensor integrated into the power button is available for biometric security. While its speed is fairly decent, the recognition rates are rather average. Additionally or alternatively, you can also configure less secure face recognition using the front camera, which works very quickly and reliably. The user's face is still recognized in the dark, since the smartphone increases the brightness of the panel for this purpose.

Display - LCD with 120 Hz and rich contrast in the XR21

Subpixel grid
Subpixel grid

The LCD display of the Nokia XR21 has shrunk to 6.49 inches and offers a high pixel density at Full HD+. The refresh rate can be adjusted by the system, switching between 60 and 120 Hz automatically in this case. You can also set it directly to 60 Hz. Nominally, the panel supports the HDR standards HLG and HDR10, but this might be rather questionable due to the low brightness.

HMD Global specifies the brightness in sunlight at up to 550 Nits. We reach a maximum of 503 cd/m2 in our measurements with the brightness sensor remaining deactivated. When we activate it, we are only able to get a maximum of 495 cd/m2 from the smartphone. At 0.45 cd/m2, the black value is decent, resulting in a high contrast ratio of 1,118:1.

The advantage of an LCD is that pulse width modulation (PWM) isn't used to control the brightness. Using our oscilloscope, we only see a high-frequency flickering, but this shouldn't create any problems for even very sensitive users.

494
cd/m²
494
cd/m²
495
cd/m²
487
cd/m²
503
cd/m²
483
cd/m²
481
cd/m²
475
cd/m²
474
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
tested with X-Rite i1Pro 3
Maximum: 503 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 487.3 cd/m² Minimum: 1.8 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 94 %
Center on Battery: 503 cd/m²
Contrast: 1118:1 (Black: 0.45 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 2.4 | 0.5-29.43 Ø5.1
ΔE Greyscale 1.9 | 0.57-98 Ø5.3
99.5% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.22
Nokia XR21
TFT-LCD, 2400x1080, 6.49
Gigaset GX6
IPS, 2412x1080, 6.60
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
PLS, 2408x1080, 6.60
Google Pixel 7
OLED, 2400x1080, 6.30
CAT S75
IPS LCD, 2408x1080, 6.58
Nokia XR20
IPS, 2400x1080, 6.67
Screen
-8%
-96%
52%
-34%
-11%
Brightness middle
503
505
0%
510
1%
936
86%
566
13%
599
19%
Brightness
487
491
1%
495
2%
947
94%
529
9%
598
23%
Brightness Distribution
94
93
-1%
92
-2%
95
1%
83
-12%
99
5%
Black Level *
0.45
0.3
33%
0.46
-2%
0.47
-4%
0.33
27%
Contrast
1118
1683
51%
1109
-1%
1204
8%
1815
62%
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
2.4
4.32
-80%
7.41
-209%
1.3
46%
5.02
-109%
4.52
-88%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
6.6
7.22
-9%
13.26
-101%
2.7
59%
9.6
-45%
7.6
-15%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
1.9
3
-58%
10.6
-458%
1.4
26%
4.4
-132%
4.2
-121%
Gamma
2.22 99%
2.268 97%
2.518 87%
2.25 98%
2.248 98%
2.279 97%
CCT
6602 98%
7098 92%
10050 65%
6664 98%
7173 91%
7309 89%

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 55100 Hz

The display backlight flickers at 55100 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) .

The frequency of 55100 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 18732 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

The color reproduction of the display cannot be adjusted by the user, so we were very surprised that the white balance is at a very good level. Even though the color calibration isn't quite as exact and successful, it is still at a good level.

Grayscale (target color space: sRGB)
Grayscale (target color space: sRGB)
Colors (target color space: sRGB)
Colors (target color space: sRGB)
Color space (target color space: sRGB)
Color space (target color space: sRGB)
Saturation (target color space: sRGB)
Saturation (target color space: sRGB)

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
22.54 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 8.912 ms rise
↘ 13.63 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.1 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 43 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (21.8 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
42.05 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 18.9 ms rise
↘ 23.15 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.2 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 65 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (34.3 ms).

The brightness sensor responds a bit sluggishly to changing light conditions, but this can be tolerated. Unfortunately, the maximum brightness isn't particularly high, so that you can hardly see anything on the display in bright sunlight.

In terms of the colors, the viewing angle stability of the LCD is very good. Even from very steep viewing angles, there are hardly any color inversions, but the brightness drops sharply. In the dark, there are neither any noticeable ghosting effects nor halos. 

Viewing angle stability of the Nokia XR21
Viewing angle stability of the Nokia XR21

Performance - The Nokia XR21 uses the Snapdragon 695 5G

The Nokia XR21 is run by a Snapdragon 695 5G with 6 GB of working memory. In terms of its performance, the SoC is positioned in the lower midrange, enabling an attractive system performance.

In the benchmarks, the SoC performs at the expected level, placing almost at the same level as the Dimensity 900 in the Gigaset GX6 in terms of the CPU speed. But it has no chance against the Snapdragon 778G from the XCover 6 Pro.

Geekbench 5.5
Single-Core
Google Pixel 7
Google Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7, 8192
1050 Points +56%
Average of class Smartphone
  (119 - 2138, n=225, last 2 years)
850 Points +26%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 6144
773 Points +15%
Gigaset GX6
MediaTek Dimensity 900, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
693 Points +3%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G
  (659 - 697, n=21)
676 Points 0%
Nokia XR21
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
673 Points
CAT S75
MediaTek Dimensity 930, IMG BXM-8-256, 6144
641 Points -5%
Nokia XR20
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
504 Points -25%
Multi-Core
Google Pixel 7
Google Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7, 8192
3265 Points +70%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 6144
2802 Points +46%
Average of class Smartphone
  (473 - 5538, n=225, last 2 years)
2717 Points +41%
Gigaset GX6
MediaTek Dimensity 900, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
2095 Points +9%
Nokia XR21
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
1923 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G
  (1663 - 2038, n=21)
1914 Points 0%
CAT S75
MediaTek Dimensity 930, IMG BXM-8-256, 6144
1787 Points -7%
Nokia XR20
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
1662 Points -14%
Geekbench 6.2
Single-Core
Average of class Smartphone
  (193 - 2930, n=53, last 2 years)
1361 Points +51%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G
  (893 - 918, n=5)
906 Points 0%
Nokia XR21
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
903 Points
Multi-Core
Average of class Smartphone
  (845 - 7244, n=53, last 2 years)
3568 Points +73%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G
  (2058 - 2189, n=5)
2097 Points +2%
Nokia XR21
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
2064 Points
Geekbench 6.0
Single-Core
Average of class Smartphone
  (188 - 2531, n=44, last 2 years)
1279 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G
  (888 - 898, n=2)
893 Points
CAT S75
MediaTek Dimensity 930, IMG BXM-8-256, 6144
832 Points
Multi-Core
Average of class Smartphone
  (512 - 6460, n=44, last 2 years)
3412 Points
CAT S75
MediaTek Dimensity 930, IMG BXM-8-256, 6144
1998 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G
  (1918 - 2067, n=2)
1993 Points
Antutu v9 - Total Score
Google Pixel 7
Google Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7, 8192
773655 Points +109%
Average of class Smartphone
  (102602 - 1478071, n=160, last 2 years)
701406 Points +90%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 6144
505982 Points +37%
CAT S75
MediaTek Dimensity 930, IMG BXM-8-256, 6144
394141 Points +7%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G
  (344344 - 416086, n=15)
391243 Points +6%
Nokia XR21
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
369861 Points
Nokia XR20
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
322933 Points -13%
PCMark for Android - Work 3.0
Gigaset GX6
MediaTek Dimensity 900, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
12444 Points +36%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 6144
12113 Points +32%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4761 - 19783, n=217, last 2 years)
11038 Points +20%
Google Pixel 7
Google Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7, 8192
10530 Points +15%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G
  (6897 - 11732, n=20)
9511 Points +4%
Nokia XR21
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
9180 Points
Nokia XR20
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
7090 Points -23%
CrossMark - Overall
Google Pixel 7
Google Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7, 8192
898 Points +50%
Average of class Smartphone
  (200 - 1408, n=158, last 2 years)
801 Points +34%
CAT S75
MediaTek Dimensity 930, IMG BXM-8-256, 6144
606 Points +1%
Nokia XR21
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
599 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G
  (521 - 604, n=15)
581 Points -3%
BaseMark OS II
Overall
Google Pixel 7
Google Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7, 8192
6247 Points +72%
Average of class Smartphone
  (411 - 9730, n=159, last 2 years)
5319 Points +46%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 6144
4079 Points +12%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G
  (3171 - 3848, n=16)
3644 Points 0%
Nokia XR21
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
3642 Points
CAT S75
MediaTek Dimensity 930, IMG BXM-8-256, 6144
3527 Points -3%
Nokia XR20
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
3265 Points -10%
System
Google Pixel 7
Google Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7, 8192
9601 Points +20%
Average of class Smartphone
  (2376 - 15148, n=159, last 2 years)
9066 Points +14%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 6144
8858 Points +11%
Nokia XR21
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
7987 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G
  (6789 - 8231, n=16)
7756 Points -3%
CAT S75
MediaTek Dimensity 930, IMG BXM-8-256, 6144
6635 Points -17%
Nokia XR20
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
6296 Points -21%
Memory
Average of class Smartphone
  (670 - 11617, n=159, last 2 years)
5784 Points +41%
Google Pixel 7
Google Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7, 8192
5392 Points +32%
CAT S75
MediaTek Dimensity 930, IMG BXM-8-256, 6144
4352 Points +6%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G
  (3167 - 4836, n=16)
4264 Points +4%
Nokia XR21
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
4094 Points
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 6144
3988 Points -3%
Nokia XR20
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
3847 Points -6%
Graphics
Google Pixel 7
Google Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7, 8192
16001 Points +269%
Average of class Smartphone
  (697 - 32002, n=159, last 2 years)
12133 Points +180%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 6144
6594 Points +52%
Nokia XR21
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
4339 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G
  (3975 - 4426, n=16)
4334 Points 0%
CAT S75
MediaTek Dimensity 930, IMG BXM-8-256, 6144
4298 Points -1%
Nokia XR20
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
3765 Points -13%
Web
Google Pixel 7
Google Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7, 8192
1838 Points +48%
Average of class Smartphone
  (10 - 2044, n=159, last 2 years)
1462 Points +18%
CAT S75
MediaTek Dimensity 930, IMG BXM-8-256, 6144
1276 Points +3%
Nokia XR20
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
1247 Points +1%
Nokia XR21
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
1239 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G
  (1078 - 1382, n=16)
1233 Points 0%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 6144
1188 Points -4%
UL Procyon AI Inference - Overall Score
Google Pixel 7
Google Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7, 8192
42556 Points +536%
Average of class Smartphone
  (207 - 84787, n=128, last 2 years)
22507 Points +236%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G
  (5442 - 9348, n=12)
7036 Points +5%
Nokia XR21
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
6693 Points
CAT S75
MediaTek Dimensity 930, IMG BXM-8-256, 6144
5039 Points -25%
AImark - Score v3.x
Average of class Smartphone
  (298 - 128240, n=75, last 2 years)
12411 Points +2628%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G
  (445 - 3080, n=4)
1115 Points +145%
Google Pixel 7
Google Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7, 8192
1002 Points +120%
CAT S75
MediaTek Dimensity 930, IMG BXM-8-256, 6144
953 Points +109%
Nokia XR21
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
455 Points

The Adreno 619 is already an old hat, and unfortunately this is also noticeable in the benchmarks, with the Nokia XR21 placing more at the lower end of the comparison field in the GPU benchmarks.

3DMark / Wild Life Extreme Unlimited
Google Pixel 7
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1800 Points +408%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
684 Points +93%
Gigaset GX6
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 900, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
594 Points +68%
Nokia XR21
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
354 Points
Nokia XR20
Adreno 619, SD 480, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
287 Points -19%
3DMark / Wild Life Extreme
Google Pixel 7
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1841 Points +409%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
686 Points +90%
Gigaset GX6
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 900, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
607 Points +68%
Nokia XR21
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
362 Points
Nokia XR20
Adreno 619, SD 480, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
294 Points -19%
3DMark / Wild Life Unlimited Score
Google Pixel 7
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
6660 Points +451%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2472 Points +105%
Gigaset GX6
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 900, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
2167 Points +79%
Nokia XR21
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
1208 Points
Nokia XR20
Adreno 619, SD 480, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
977 Points -19%
3DMark / Wild Life Score
Google Pixel 7
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
6513 Points +437%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2464 Points +103%
Gigaset GX6
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 900, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
2179 Points +80%
Nokia XR21
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
1212 Points
Nokia XR20
Adreno 619, SD 480, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
980 Points -19%
CAT S75
IMG BXM-8-256, Dimensity 930, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
Points -100%
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited Physics
Gigaset GX6
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 900, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
3068 Points
CAT S75
IMG BXM-8-256, Dimensity 930, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2986 Points
Nokia XR20
Adreno 619, SD 480, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
2613 Points
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited Graphics
Gigaset GX6
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 900, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
4050 Points
CAT S75
IMG BXM-8-256, Dimensity 930, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2754 Points
Nokia XR20
Adreno 619, SD 480, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
2250 Points
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited
Gigaset GX6
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 900, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
3781 Points
CAT S75
IMG BXM-8-256, Dimensity 930, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2778 Points
Nokia XR20
Adreno 619, SD 480, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
2322 Points
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics
Google Pixel 7
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
4086 Points +18%
Gigaset GX6
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 900, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
4025 Points +16%
Nokia XR21
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
3468 Points
Nokia XR20
Adreno 619, SD 480, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
3090 Points -11%
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics
Google Pixel 7
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
11491 Points +285%
Gigaset GX6
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 900, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
4217 Points +41%
Nokia XR21
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2984 Points
Nokia XR20
Adreno 619, SD 480, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
2448 Points -18%
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited
Google Pixel 7
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
8192 Points +166%
Gigaset GX6
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 900, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
4173 Points +35%
Nokia XR21
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
3080 Points
Nokia XR20
Adreno 619, SD 480, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
2566 Points -17%
CAT S75
IMG BXM-8-256, Dimensity 930, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
Points -100%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7 / T-Rex Onscreen
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
108 fps +35%
Google Pixel 7
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
90 fps +13%
Nokia XR21
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
80 fps
CAT S75
IMG BXM-8-256, Dimensity 930, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
64 fps -20%
Gigaset GX6
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 900, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
60 fps -25%
Nokia XR20
Adreno 619, SD 480, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
59 fps -26%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7 / T-Rex Offscreen
Google Pixel 7
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
249 fps +165%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
132 fps +40%
Gigaset GX6
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 900, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
102 fps +9%
Nokia XR21
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
94 fps
Nokia XR20
Adreno 619, SD 480, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
81 fps -14%
CAT S75
IMG BXM-8-256, Dimensity 930, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
73 fps -22%
GFXBench 3.0 / Manhattan Onscreen OGL
Google Pixel 7
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
90 fps +120%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
68 fps +66%
Gigaset GX6
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 900, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
54 fps +32%
CAT S75
IMG BXM-8-256, Dimensity 930, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
52 fps +27%
Nokia XR21
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
41 fps
Nokia XR20
Adreno 619, SD 480, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
37 fps -10%
GFXBench 3.0 / 1080p Manhattan Offscreen
Google Pixel 7
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
132 fps +181%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
77 fps +64%
Gigaset GX6
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 900, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
64 fps +36%
CAT S75
IMG BXM-8-256, Dimensity 930, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
61 fps +30%
Nokia XR21
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
47 fps
Nokia XR20
Adreno 619, SD 480, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
41 fps -13%
GFXBench 3.1 / Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen
Google Pixel 7
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
88 fps +193%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
48 fps +60%
Gigaset GX6
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 900, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
37 fps +23%
Nokia XR21
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
30 fps
Nokia XR20
Adreno 619, SD 480, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
26 fps -13%
CAT S75
IMG BXM-8-256, Dimensity 930, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
18 fps -40%
GFXBench 3.1 / Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen
Google Pixel 7
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
89 fps +162%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
56 fps +65%
Gigaset GX6
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 900, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
42 fps +24%
Nokia XR21
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
34 fps
Nokia XR20
Adreno 619, SD 480, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
29 fps -15%
CAT S75
IMG BXM-8-256, Dimensity 930, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
28 fps -18%
GFXBench / Car Chase Onscreen
Google Pixel 7
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
62 fps +265%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
28 fps +65%
Gigaset GX6
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 900, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
21 fps +24%
Nokia XR21
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
17 fps
CAT S75
IMG BXM-8-256, Dimensity 930, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
16 fps -6%
Nokia XR20
Adreno 619, SD 480, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
14 fps -18%
GFXBench / Car Chase Offscreen
Google Pixel 7
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
68 fps +240%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
33 fps +65%
Gigaset GX6
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 900, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
25 fps +25%
Nokia XR21
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
20 fps
CAT S75
IMG BXM-8-256, Dimensity 930, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
17 fps -15%
Nokia XR20
Adreno 619, SD 480, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
16 fps -20%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen
Google Pixel 7
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
48 fps +300%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
19 fps +58%
Gigaset GX6
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 900, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
16 fps +33%
Nokia XR21
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
12 fps
Nokia XR20
Adreno 619, SD 480, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
10 fps -17%
CAT S75
IMG BXM-8-256, Dimensity 930, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
10 fps -17%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Google Pixel 7
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
33 fps +302%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
13 fps +59%
Gigaset GX6
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 900, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
11 fps +34%
Nokia XR21
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
8.2 fps
CAT S75
IMG BXM-8-256, Dimensity 930, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
6.6 fps -20%
Nokia XR20
Adreno 619, SD 480, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
6.5 fps -21%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen
Google Pixel 7
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
65 fps +242%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
30 fps +58%
Gigaset GX6
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 900, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
24 fps +26%
Nokia XR21
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
19 fps
CAT S75
IMG BXM-8-256, Dimensity 930, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
17 fps -11%
Nokia XR20
Adreno 619, SD 480, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
16 fps -16%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen
Google Pixel 7
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
71 fps +223%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
34 fps +55%
Gigaset GX6
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 900, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
28 fps +27%
Nokia XR21
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
22 fps
CAT S75
IMG BXM-8-256, Dimensity 930, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
20 fps -9%
Nokia XR20
Adreno 619, SD 480, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
18 fps -18%
GFXBench / 4K Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Google Pixel 7
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
14 fps +289%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
5.9 fps +64%
Gigaset GX6
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 900, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
4.4 fps +22%
Nokia XR21
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
3.6 fps
CAT S75
IMG BXM-8-256, Dimensity 930, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2.6 fps -28%

Surfing the web works without any problems with the Nokia XR21, but more complex websites tend to take a bit more time, which is also reflected in the benchmarks. 

Jetstream 2 - Total Score
Google Pixel 7 (Chrome 106)
96.314 Points +54%
Average of class Smartphone (21.2 - 351, n=167, last 2 years)
95.1 Points +52%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro (Chrome 104)
72.887 Points +17%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G (48.6 - 102.7, n=16)
65.8 Points +5%
CAT S75 (Chrome 114)
64.737 Points +4%
Nokia XR21 (Chrome 114)
62.469 Points
Nokia XR20 (Chrome 92)
46.44 Points -26%
Speedometer 2.0 - Result
Google Pixel 7 (Chrome 106)
100 runs/min
Average of class Smartphone (14.9 - 445, n=154, last 2 years)
90.8 runs/min
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro (Chome 104)
53.8 runs/min
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G (38.7 - 72.6, n=13)
49.2 runs/min
CAT S75 (Chrome 114)
44.1 runs/min
Nokia XR20 (Chome 92)
37.62 runs/min
WebXPRT 4 - Overall Score
Google Pixel 7 (Chrome 106)
93 Points +37%
Average of class Smartphone (25 - 202, n=122, last 2 years)
92.4 Points +36%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro (Chrome 104)
74 Points +9%
CAT S75 (Chrome 114)
69 Points +1%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G (58 - 107, n=15)
68.1 Points 0%
Nokia XR21 (Chrome 114)
68 Points
WebXPRT 3 - ---
Average of class Smartphone (37 - 304, n=132, last 2 years)
120.7 Points
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro (Chrome 104)
104 Points
Google Pixel 7 (Chrome 106)
98 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G (75 - 156, n=11)
97.1 Points
CAT S75 (Chromee 114)
93 Points
Nokia XR20 (Chrome 92)
69 Points
Octane V2 - Total Score
Google Pixel 7
45158 Points +105%
Average of class Smartphone (4633 - 89112, n=198, last 2 years)
31312 Points +42%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro (Chrome 104)
25445 Points +15%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G (17849 - 30733, n=18)
23062 Points +4%
Nokia XR21 (Chrome 114)
22080 Points
Gigaset GX6 (Chrome 107)
21753 Points -1%
CAT S75 (Chrome 114)
20342 Points -8%
Nokia XR20 (Chrome 92)
17816 Points -19%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Nokia XR20 (Chrome 92)
2383 ms * -25%
CAT S75 (Chrome 114)
1985.5 ms * -4%
Nokia XR21 (Chrome 114)
1913 ms *
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G (1309 - 2501, n=15)
1856 ms * +3%
Average of class Smartphone (388 - 9999, n=165, last 2 years)
1806 ms * +6%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro (Chrome 104)
1708.8 ms * +11%
Google Pixel 7 (Chrome 106)
1021.8 ms * +47%

* ... smaller is better

The Nokia XR21 offers 128 GB of UFS 2.2 storage, which turns out slower than we might expect from the specifications. However, this can be traced back to the SoC, since we have been observing the same behavior in all the smartphones with the SD695.

Nokia XR21Gigaset GX6Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 ProGoogle Pixel 7CAT S75Nokia XR20Average 128 GB UFS 2.2 FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
3%
21%
76%
60%
-7%
15%
74%
Sequential Read 256KB
509.76
953.5
87%
841.6
65%
1280.81
151%
991.21
94%
485
-5%
714 ?(303 - 1038, n=55)
40%
1272 ?(215 - 4512, n=223, last 2 years)
150%
Sequential Write 256KB
465.31
454.7
-2%
484.7
4%
879.39
89%
878.23
89%
452
-3%
521 ?(105.3 - 903, n=55)
12%
875 ?(57.5 - 3202, n=223, last 2 years)
88%
Random Read 4KB
187.51
194.9
4%
170.6
-9%
210.47
12%
221.56
18%
174.8
-7%
186.3 ?(89.3 - 297, n=55)
-1%
221 ?(22.2 - 543, n=223, last 2 years)
18%
Random Write 4KB
167.51
39.9
-76%
204.2
22%
253.92
52%
233.91
40%
146.2
-13%
182.3 ?(70.5 - 419, n=55)
9%
234 ?(13 - 584, n=224, last 2 years)
40%

Games - They run but it's rarely pretty

Although the integrated Adreno-619-GPU is already somewhat aged, it continues to be completely sufficient for most casual games. However, things can look very different with graphicly demanding games, two of which we analyzed in more detail with GameBench.

In PUBG Mobile, you can select the HD setting at best and that is then also limited to 30 FPS. But at least those remain stable. In Genshin Impact, you should forego the highest detail level, since there continue to be some clear stutters with that setting. On the other hand, if you use the medium detail settings, you can already play fairly comfortably, even if the frame rates are reduced.

Genshin Impact
Genshin Impact
PUBG Mobile
PUBG Mobile
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Nokia XR21; Genshin Impact; lowest 120 fps; 3.7.0_14806628_14807925: Ø45.1 (25-60)
Nokia XR21; Genshin Impact; medium 120 fps; 3.7.0_14806628_14807925: Ø35.9 (29-47)
Nokia XR21; Genshin Impact; highest 120 fps; 3.7.0_14806628_14807925: Ø28.3 (18-41)
Nokia XR21; PUBG Mobile; Smooth; 2.6.0: Ø39.9 (38-41)
Nokia XR21; PUBG Mobile; HD; 2.6.0: Ø29.9 (28-31)

Emissions - The Nokia XR21 can get quite hot

Temperatures

While the surface temperatures of the Nokia XR21 give absolutely no reason for concern during idle operation, they increase under constant load. We simulated this using the Burnout benchmark, reaching higher than the 50 ºC mark (122 ºF). However, since such a high load will only very rarely occur in everyday operation, we don't consider this critical.

The SoC is not impacted by all the stress tests, always delivering a stabile performance.

Max. Load
 50.8 °C
123 F
49.6 °C
121 F
47.6 °C
118 F
 
 51 °C
124 F
50.6 °C
123 F
46.3 °C
115 F
 
 50.7 °C
123 F
50.4 °C
123 F
45.7 °C
114 F
 
Maximum: 51 °C = 124 F
Average: 49.2 °C = 121 F
44.7 °C
112 F
48.2 °C
119 F
53.5 °C
128 F
44.2 °C
112 F
48.2 °C
119 F
51.9 °C
125 F
45.2 °C
113 F
47.1 °C
117 F
50.2 °C
122 F
Maximum: 53.5 °C = 128 F
Average: 48.1 °C = 119 F
Room Temperature 22 °C = 72 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated) & Voltcraft IR-260
(-) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 49.2 °C / 121 F, compared to the average of 32.7 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(-) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 51 °C / 124 F, compared to the average of 35.1 °C / 95 F, ranging from 21.9 to 374.5 °C for the class Smartphone.
(-) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 53.5 °C / 128 F, compared to the average of 33.8 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 31 °C / 88 F, compared to the device average of 32.7 °C / 91 F.

3DMark Wild Life Stress Test

3DMark
Wild Life Stress Test Stability
Gigaset GX6
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 900, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
99.7 % 0%
Nokia XR20
Adreno 619, SD 480, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
99.6 % 0%
Nokia XR21
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
99.4 %
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
99 % 0%
Google Pixel 7
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
65.5 % -34%
Wild Life Extreme Stress Test
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
Adreno 642L, SD 778G 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
99.6 % +1%
Gigaset GX6
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 900, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
99.4 % 0%
Nokia XR20
Adreno 619, SD 480, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
99.1 % 0%
Nokia XR21
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
99 %
Google Pixel 7
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
72.9 % -26%
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Nokia XR21 Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.1.0.2: Ø2.15 (2.14-2.16)
Gigaset GX6 Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 900, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.1.0.2: Ø3.65 (3.63-3.65)
Google Pixel 7 Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.1.0.2: Ø9.65 (8.06-11.1)
Nokia XR21 Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability: Ø7.22 (7.22-7.26)
Gigaset GX6 Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 900, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø13.1 (13.1-13.1)
Google Pixel 7 Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability: Ø32.8 (25.8-39.3)
Google Pixel 7 Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Unlimited Stress Test Stability: Ø34.4 (28.6-40.2)

Speakers

The two speakers of the Nokia XR21 can get very loud, although their sound is only average. Particularly at full volume, they sound very tinny and make clanging noises. But if you don't turn up the volume too high, you will still get an acceptable quality.

The sound output via the 3.5 mm audio port (SNR: 70.21 dBFS), which is able to deliver a decent signal-to-noise ratio, is better. For a wireless connection, you can use Bluetooth 5.1, which supports a wide range of audio codecs (SBC, AAC, aptX, aptX HD, aptX Adaptive, aptX TWS+, and LDAC).

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2035.932.72526.234.43129.428.14028.733.25036.635.8632234.98019.734.110017.937.112518.536.916017.747.120015.146.825015.550.931516.554.5400135950013.467.563014.272.28001377.6100012.880.1125013.880.3160013.777200013.677.1250013.278.331501480.3400013.579.8500013.680.4630013.977.5800013.671.71000013.671.71250013.864.61600013.162.4SPL25.890N0.781.8median 13.7median 72.2Delta0.811.839.441.139.143.531.537.629.832.433.438.126.630.922.320.720.52415.627.514.733.711.437.21043.28.848.6953.610.558.312.262.514.366.411.670.11271.410.271.210.465.111.165.812.769.614.466.214.268.214.769.515.668.816.567.816.558.417.348.325.480.20.646.6median 12.7median 65.12.610.8hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseNokia XR21Gigaset GX6
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Nokia XR21 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (90 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 26.7% lower than median
(+) | bass is linear (6.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 6.1% higher than median
(+) | mids are linear (6.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 5.2% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (3.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (19.8% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 23% of all tested devices in this class were better, 8% similar, 69% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 39%, worst was 134%
Compared to all devices tested
» 44% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 49% worse
» The best had a delta of 4%, average was 26%, worst was 134%

Gigaset GX6 audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (80.2 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 29.4% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (8.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | reduced mids - on average 5% lower than median
(+) | mids are linear (6.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2.9% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (3.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (22.4% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 39% of all tested devices in this class were better, 7% similar, 54% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 39%, worst was 134%
Compared to all devices tested
» 59% of all tested devices were better, 6% similar, 34% worse
» The best had a delta of 4%, average was 26%, worst was 134%

Battery Life - Nokia smartphone with 4,800 mAh

Power Consumption

The power consumption of the Nokia XR21 is not too high overall. However, it could have been lower at the maximum brightness level, even though it isn't very bright.

The battery has a capacity of 4,800 mAh and can be charged at up to 33 watts. To do that, the charger has to either support QC 3.0 or PD 2.0. Using a fast charger that fulfilled this requirement, the smartphone is fully recharged after 136 minutes. The 25% mark is reached after 17 minutes, the 50% mark after 67 minutes, 80% after 96 minutes, and 90% after 103 minutes.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.02 / 0.22 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 0.83 / 2.29 / 2.32 Watt
Load midlight 4.41 / 6.12 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Currently we use the Metrahit Energy, a professional single phase power quality and energy measurement digital multimeter, for our measurements. Find out more about it here. All of our test methods can be found here.
Nokia XR21
4800 mAh
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
4050 mAh
Google Pixel 7
4355 mAh
CAT S75
5000 mAh
Nokia XR20
4630 mAh
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G
 
Average of class Smartphone
 
Power Consumption
3%
26%
12%
32%
18%
5%
Idle Minimum *
0.83
0.9
-8%
0.89
-7%
1.1
-33%
0.7
16%
0.85 ?(0.56 - 1.1, n=15)
-2%
0.886 ?(0.44 - 2.37, n=159, last 2 years)
-7%
Idle Average *
2.29
1.4
39%
1.07
53%
1.5
34%
1.1
52%
1.601 ?(0.91 - 2.47, n=15)
30%
1.464 ?(0.69 - 4.26, n=159, last 2 years)
36%
Idle Maximum *
2.32
1.8
22%
1.2
48%
1.9
18%
1.6
31%
1.738 ?(0.98 - 2.52, n=15)
25%
1.667 ?(0.79 - 4.45, n=159, last 2 years)
28%
Load Average *
4.41
4.7
-7%
3.27
26%
3.2
27%
2.7
39%
3.55 ?(2.4 - 5.34, n=15)
20%
4.79 ?(2.4 - 15.3, n=159, last 2 years)
-9%
Load Maximum *
6.12
8.1
-32%
5.5
10%
5.2
15%
4.9
20%
5.19 ?(4.32 - 6.5, n=15)
15%
7.67 ?(3.85 - 17.8, n=159, last 2 years)
-25%

* ... smaller is better

Power Consumption: Geekbench (150 cd/m²)

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Nokia XR21 Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G; Geekbench 5.5 Power Consumption 150cd: Ø3.13 (1.139-5.64)
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G; Geekbench 5.5 Power Consumption 150cd: Ø5.72 (2.8-9.91)
Nokia XR21 Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G; Idle 150cd/m2: Ø1.299 (1.27-1.415)
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G; Idle 150cd/m2: Ø1.385 (1.097-2.05)

Power Consumption: GFXBench (150 cd/m²)

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Nokia XR21 Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G; 1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Offscreen: Ø3.65 (3.42-3.76)
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G; 1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Offscreen: Ø5.65 (5.06-7.73)
Nokia XR21 Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G; Idle 150cd/m2: Ø1.299 (1.27-1.415)
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G; Idle 150cd/m2: Ø1.385 (1.097-2.05)

Battery Life

In terms of the battery life, just because of its large battery, the Nokia XR21 is able to leave many competitors in the comparison field behind. While it also delivers good run times during our test, the battery life of up to two days advertised by HMD Global can probably only be reached in practice, if the smartphone is used moderately.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
39h 04min
WiFi Websurfing (Chrome 113)
14h 35min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
18h 05min
Load (maximum brightness)
6h 40min
Nokia XR21
4800 mAh
Gigaset GX6
5000 mAh
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro
4050 mAh
Google Pixel 7
4355 mAh
CAT S75
5000 mAh
Nokia XR20
4630 mAh
Battery Runtime
15%
-28%
-21%
2%
-15%
Reader / Idle
2344
1321
-44%
1063
-55%
1786
-24%
H.264
1085
856
-21%
1230
13%
895
-18%
WiFi v1.3
875
1002
15%
768
-12%
731
-16%
896
2%
927
6%
Load
400
266
-33%
302
-24%
301
-25%

Pros

+ resistant against water, dust, and shocks
+ long period of updates
+ good battery life
+ two quick-access keys

Cons

- WLAN slower than expected
- mediocre speakers
- only Android 12 at its introduction
- dark display

Verdict - A slim rugged phone for everyday tasks

Testing the Nokia XR21. Test unit provided by HMD Global (photo: Alexander Schmidt)
Testing the Nokia XR21. Test unit provided by HMD Global

The Nokia XR21 doesn't really want to be seen as a real rugged smartphone but more as a robust companion for everyday tasks. With its IP69K certification, shock proof construction, and wide range of operating temperatures, the smartphone from HMD Global can easily fulfill this aspiration. In addition, the manufacturer also includes two quick access keys for a total of four different actions on button press. The powerful 4,800-mAh battery also delivers a really good battery life.

The Nokia XR21 is a tough everyday companion with a potentially long life.

With the competitors, you will also look in vain for a similar expanded warranty of 36 months with an additional warranty on the display. The nominally long update periods is slightly marred by the fact that the XR21 is still delivered with Android 12, even though the XR20 predecessor has already received Android 13. The WLAN speed also turns out slightly slower than expected. On the other hand, you get full dual-SIM including eSIM support. Only the display could have been brighter.

With an even more modular design, the Gigaset GX6 presents itself as an alternative, and the Galaxy XCover 6 Pro is probably also an interesting choice.

July 27, 2023 update: Android 13 is now available.

Price and Availability

The Nokia XR21 can be purchased directly from the manufacturer's online store for ~$500

Nokia XR21 - 06/21/2023 v7
Daniel Schmidt

Chassis
90%
Keyboard
66%
Pointing Device
94%
Connectivity
48%
Weight
88%
Battery
91 / 86 → 100%
Display
88%
Games Performance
34%
Application Performance
72 / 90 → 80%
Temperature
77%
Noise
100%
Audio
74%
Camera
66%
Average
76%
82%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

Transparency

The present review sample was made available to the author as a loan by the manufacturer or a shop for the purposes of review. The lender had no influence on this review, nor did the manufacturer receive a copy of this review before publication. There was no obligation to publish this review.

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