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

Recycled plastic and sensible specs

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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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