Nokia G11 smartphone review

Nokia G11 smartphone review
Nokia G11 smartphone review

In comparison with the Nokia G11, the Nokia G21 differs mainly in its camera and memory. There is also not a large price difference. Is the Nokia G11 ever justified in its existence? This test will help us answer this question.

Plastic Case and excellent features

In comparison with other smartphone options, Nokia's G11 is an affordable one: 32 GB of storage and 3 GB of RAM can be had for just 160 Euros (~$174). Nokia decided to offer the G11 in two additional color variants based on its similarity to the Nokia G21, Charcoal, a sophisticated dark brown color, and Ice, a dark turquoise color. Its plastic back has the same wave pattern, and it has the same shiny metal camera module. They are the same size and weight, so you can consider them twins. When the phone was tested, it was only available directly from Nokia in Germany but is now sold out across the country. Bluetooth 5.0 and NFC are both available on both models to support near-field communication (NFC), such as using Google Pay for mobile payments. Using our reference card Angelbird V60, the microSD reader achieves good transfer rates in parallel with two SIM cards.

Software and - Communication

Similarly, the Nokia G11 does not have a 5G reception because it also uses the same SoC. There is not a large variety of 4G networks either, but it should be enough for travel to foreign countries nearby. A short random test of the smartphone's reception results in poor reception. The network stability on this phone is adequate for everyday use, but be aware that there are more reliable phones on the market.
Wireless 5 connectivity is included in the Nokia phone. With our reference router, the GT-AXE11000 from ASUS, the smartphone achieved pretty consistent data rates of about 300MBit per second, which is pretty good considering its price. Our test device still came preinstalled with Android 11, but the manufacturer offers two system upgrades and three years of security updates, which is quite a promising announcement for a device at this price point. The Nokia software is based on Android, but you should accept a few advertising apps from third parties. With a screen that provides 90Hz, Nokia provides a great product in this price range that makes operations smooth. The fingerprint sensor and face recognition make it more secure. These work well and respond quickly as well.


The Nokia G11 is equipped with a 13-megapixel camera instead of the 50-megapixel lens found on its more expensive sibling. This difference is probably the most notable attribute between the two phones. A pixel binning feature on the G21 allows it to typically take only 12-megapixel photos. In low light, this technique becomes especially effective. It is difficult to make out details in the Nokia G11's photos. Despite illuminating conditions, it is apparent that a high-quality camera sensor is not installed here: The sharpness in details is lacking and there are visible artifacts in large areas, as in the sky in the nearby picture. The system allows users to record videos in 1080p and at 30 frames per second. As well as picture quality is a bit blurry and autofocus not being the fastest, the autofocus in this example is slow as well. Despite having an 8-megapixel front-facing camera, Nokia's G11 takes pictures that appear a bit blurry but have a good dynamic range.


With a screen size of 6.5 inches and a resolution of 720p, it is common for a tablet in this class to have an expanded resolution. We assume that the screen in the Nokia G21 has exactly the same size as the screen in the Nokia G21. Both maximum and average brightness are adequate even in bright outdoor conditions. It appears that there is a blue cast, but we did not measure PWM. Nokia's G11 screen can often display colors inaccurately, so you shouldn't try to judge printed colors based on the display.
One of Nokia's best features in this price range is its 90 Hz panel. The refresh rate can also be adapted dynamically based on the content and thus save energy in certain cases.

Performance, battery life, speakers

The Nokia G11 has class-typical power values from its SoC Unisoc T606. With a 90 Hz screen, the system can seem faster, but even when loading lighter loads, such as volume control in more demanding apps, you can notice that the phone is unable to run at full capacity. In a price range of this price, a slow memory is standard. In our testing, the underside reached a temperature of 43.5 °C (110.3 °F) when a prolonged load was applied. Even at that temperature, the underside can become uncomfortable in hot environments. There is also a small mono speaker at the bottom, which offers good sound quality even at maximum volume without being too treble-heavy. Bluetooth 5.0 and a 3.5 mm jack are included, as is a 3.5 mm jack for speakers or headphones. There is support for aptX HD and LDAC, at least, but not for the quite new aptX adaptive or aptX TWS+ formats.
With a battery of 5,050 mAh, Nokia's G11 has an excellent runtime: It lasted more than 18 hours in our WLAN test, so if you're not too demanding on your mobile device, you can survive several days without a power outlet. Additionally, Nokia provides a charger that can charge the battery fully in 120 minutes with a power output of 18 watts.


This is an even cheaper version of the Nokia G21 and has mainly different memory configurations and cameras. The result is that if you don't need so much storage on your phone, you can save a few Euros here because the core features of the slightly more expensive model are retained, such as the bright screen and the long battery life. In spite of the plastic back, the casing appears fairly high quality, and the performance is good. Despite this, its differences are clear, especially in low light: Nokia's G11 struggles to capture details in this range. Although the pictures look sharp in bright light, their sharpness is somewhat lacking. Its small number of 4G frequencies makes traveling with this phone a bit difficult.
The Nokia G11 is a decent entry-level phone if you need a good screen, don't care much for the camera, and aren't looking for an advanced phone. Those who are willing to pay an extra cost for the Nokia G21 will get a slightly better camera, especially in low light, and slightly more RAM, but this is barely noticeable during our benchmarks. Motorola's Moto E20 is considerably less expensive but has the same SoC as the Motorola Moto G.


A manufacturer's stock of the phone was unavailable at the time of testing. The 3/32 GB variant is available for 155 - 160 Euros (*$169 - $174) from online retailers such as Cyberport,, and notebooksbilliger


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