New research shows 62% of Australians have dropped their smartphone and smashed the screen. That’s why HMD Global created the Nokia XR21, a rugged phone built for the Australian lifestyle. It’s dust and water resistant and can withstand drops up to 1.8 metres. It’s also got a great battery and impressive cameras.


The Nokia XR21 is a successor to the rugged XR20 and comes with a bigger display, a 64MP rear camera, and a 16MP front-facing camera. The phone has a 6.49-inch IPS LCD screen with a 1080 x 2400 resolution and 120Hz refresh rate. It has Corning Gorilla Glass Victus protection and is powered by a 4800mAh battery. The device is certified for MIL-STD 810H military-grade durability and can be submerged in water up to 1.5 meters deep for an hour. It can also withstand temperatures from as cold as minus 20 degrees Celsius to as hot as 55 degrees Celsius. The phone has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G chipset, 6GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage. The company says it is made from 100% recycled aluminum, and has stereo speakers with OZO playback. It has 96 dB of loudness and has an Audio boost mode for noisy environments. There are two Quick Access buttons on the side and a fingerprint scanner on the power button. It runs Android 12 and is eligible for four years of monthly security updates and three Android OS upgrades.


The Nokia XR21 is the brand's latest rugged smartphone, and it's built to MIL-STD-810H specifications. It's capable of surviving a drop from 1.8-meters, an hour submerged in 1.5-meters of water and even being blasted with 100-bar jets of water. Interestingly, HMD has also kept the 3.5mm headphone jack, something you don't often see on waterproof phones.

The XR21 will ship with Android 12 and promises four years of monthly security updates. It also promises three years of OS upgrades, although that's a bit confusing since the phone is already playing catch-up with Android 13. The dual-SIM device will be powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G SoC paired with LPDDR4x RAM and UFS 2.1 storage. It will have a 64-megapixel primary rear camera paired with an 8-megapixel ultra-wide sensor and a 16-megapixel front-facing camera that's housed in a center-aligned hole-punch display. The XR21 will also have a 4,800mAh battery and support 33W wired charging speeds.


The original Nokia 3310 is one of the most iconic phones of all time thanks to its epic battery life and ludicrous durability. HMD Global, which now owns the brand, is hoping to replicate that success with its latest smartphone - the Nokia XR21. This rugged handset is designed to ease phone-xiety - the fear of damaging or dropping your device. It has been built with MIL-STD-810H durability and can withstand drops, dust, water submersion and extreme temperatures. The Nokia XR21 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G processor and has a 4800mAh battery that promises up to two days of use between charges. It also supports 33W fast charging, meaning it will be able to top up in a fraction of the time that other rugged phones take. It is available in either Midnight Black or Pine Green and comes with three years of manufacturer warranty, four years of monthly security updates and three Android OS upgrades.


HMD Global has added a pair of Quick Access buttons on the Nokia XR21. The phone can be operated with wet hands or while wearing gloves. It also supports Audio Boost mode to improve audio clarity in noisy environments. The phone has 96 dB stereo speakers with OZO playback for immersive sound. It features a 64 MP main camera, an 8 MP ultra wide camera and a 16 MP front camera. It runs on Android 12 and offers four years of monthly security updates and three years of OS upgrades. The XR21 is built from die-cast 100% recycled aluminum and has been MIL-STD-810H tested to survive drops of up to 1.8 meters and be submerged in water for an hour at 100 bar pressure. It has a 6.49-inch display with a 120Hz refresh rate and Corning Gorilla Glass Victus protection. It is powered by a mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G SoC, paired with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage.

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