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The Nokia G60 5G is an eco-minded phone for not much cash

Recycled plastic and sensible specs

Nokia G60 smartphone hot stuff

Meet the two newest entries in Nokia’s affordable line-up, which are part of the firm’s effort to greatly step up its sustainability game. The Nokia G60 5G leads the way with mid-tier specs and a triple camera setup, and it’s joined by the even more wallet-friendly C31.

With 60% recycled plastic and no power brick included in the box, the G60 5G should make a smaller environmental dent than rival handsets. Nokia’s 3-3-3 approach (three OS updates, three years of security updates, and a three-year warranty) is pretty much unmatched at this price, too.

It’s not short on tasty hardware, though, with a 5G-friendly Snapdragon 695 CPU, 4 or 6GB of RAM, and 64 or 128GB of on-board storage. There’s a 4500mAh battery to keep the lights on, and it’s rated for 800 charging cycles – an improvement over similarly-priced rivals. Expect 20W wired fast charging.

The 6.58in LCD screen gets a Full HD-and-a-bit 2400×1080 resolution, along with a speedy 120Hz refresh rate, and comes protected by Gorilla Glass 5. It should manage up to 500 nits peak brightness in boost mode.

On the back there’s a 50MP, f/1.8 main camera with autofocus, along with a 5MP, f/2.0 ultrawide and a 2MP depth snapper. Up front you get an 8MP, f/2.0 selfie cam. Nokia’s Capture Fusion and Dark Vision camera modes are on-board to add detail to ultrawide and low-light shots respectively.

A mottled finish on the rear should make for a distinctive handset, whether you go for the Ice Grey or Pure Black colour option. The G60 5G should be going on sale later this month for around €319 (about £270).

Nokia C31

It’s the Nokia C31 that’s the more wallet-friendly of the pair. The spec sheet isn’t quite so flashy, but it still ticks plenty of boxes considering the €129 (around £110) starting price.

You’re looking at a 6.7in HD+ LCD display up front, with a trio of cameras at the rear led by a 13MP main snapper. It’s joined by a 2MP macro and 2MP depth cam for better bokeh blur. There’s also a 5MP selfie cam up front.

Inside power comes from a Unisoc 9863A1 CPU, paired with either 3 or 4GB of RAM and 32, 64 or 128GB of on-board storage. There’s also a microSD card slot for adding more capacity later.

A 5050mAh battery should be able to manage several days of juice between top-ups, given the modest screen resolution and processor. An IP52 resistance rating isn’t too shabby for an entry-level handset, and it’s also packing a fingerprint sensor for convenient unlocks.

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A tech addict from about the age of three (seriously, he's got the VHS tapes to prove it), Tom's been writing about gadgets, games and everything in between for the past decade, with a slight diversion into the world of automotive in between. As Deputy Editor, Tom keeps the website ticking along, jam-packed with the hottest gadget news and reviews.  When he's not on the road attending launch events, you can usually find him scouring the web for the latest news, to feed Stuff readers' insatiable appetite for tech.

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