Nokia X30 5G Review: An eco-friendly affordable smartphone

By Ramsha Umer - Nov 26, 2022

The Nokia company has been in the tech business for decades and is producing competitive products. An impressive step by the revived brand is introducing an eco-friendly smartphone that is equally capable as any other promising handset. There is extensive recycling in the Nokia X30 5G, a midrange device that uses recycled materials. The company's great initiative should encourage other top manufacturers to play their part in minimizing the ever-expanding plastic waste problem. The 5G smartphone comes in a recycled paper box that contains a USB type C cable and SIM ejecting tool. The recycled box doesn’t have a charger, and a user must use a well-matched charger to benefit from its fast charging capabilities.

Nokia X30 5G Review: An eco-friendly affordable smartphone

In a nutshell, this standard smartphone is an attempt by the company to rejuvenate itself in the tech industry. Moreover, a user gets great quality camera sensors at an affordable price.

Nokia X30 5G at a glance:


  • Arrived with the concept of recycling
  • Lightweight and elegant design
  • Fast charging quality
  • Durable structure
  • 50MP OIS camera
  • Decent Ultra-wide sensor


  • Underwhelming battery backup
  • Average performance
  • No wireless charging
  • Limited color options
  • Single speaker
  • No original power adapter
Nokia X30 5G Review: An eco-friendly affordable smartphone

Design and body structure:

The smartphone has a 6.43-inch HD+ AMOLED display screen with 1080 x 2400 pixels (409 PPI density). With a refresh rate of 90Hz and a peak brightness of 700 nits, the device provides an enhanced user experience. The display panel is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass Victus to improve its durability. A fingerprint scanner is accommodated in an OLED display to maintain privacy.

Nokia X30 5G has a durable body, yet it is a lightweight handset that weighs 185 grams with 158.9 x 73.9 x 8 mm dimensions. The back panel is made of 65% recycled plastic on a 100% recycled aluminum frame. It supports dual sim slots; one is an eSIM, and the other is a 5G network Nano-SIM. The device also comes with IP67 dust and water resistance up to 1m for 30 mins.

Does its performance meet expectations?

The Nokia X30 5G is powered by an adequate processor from Qualcomm Snapdragon 695-5G, a 6nm chipset. The smartphone comes with an octa-core CPU and a GPU Adreno 619. As for the reliable software, it runs on the Android 12 operating system. The company would provide three years of security updates per month, and the 5G smartphone would also get three Android version upgrades. The smartphone does not have a microSD card slot and arrives with two internal memory configurations of 128GB + 6GB RAM and 256GB + 8GB RAM.

Nokia presented this handset with reasonable hardware and software. However, in a world of the latest technology gadgets, consumers desire the most advanced features in their smartphones. The Nokia X30 5G performance may disappoint buyers to get a 6nm chipset or a slightly older OS. But, in terms of its inexpensive price range, it would make its notable place in the tech market.

Dual camera module with an OIS sensor:

The two camera sensors are housed in a rectangle camera unit featuring a 50MP OIS camera and a 13MP ultra-wide angle to capture clear pictures in proper lighting. Besides, the brand doesn’t make claims for capturing vibrant images in the dark or night mode. The Nokia X30 5G features a flash LED light, panorama, and HDR. Both cameras are protected with Gorilla Glass of the DX+ variety. The punch-hole front camera is a 16 MP wide-angle to take selfies from broader angles but lacks the autofocus feature.

The video recording capacity of the rear camera sensors is 1080p@30/60fps, and the selfie camera features 1080p@30fps video recording.

Nokia X30 5G Review: An eco-friendly affordable smartphone

Battery life and fast charging:

The smartphone comes with a non-removable Li-Po battery of 4200mAh with fast charging of 33W. Unfortunately, it does not support wireless charging. The handset does not have a long battery backup. Nonetheless, it supports QC 3.0, PD 3.0, and PPS standards. A user can compensate for the lack of long-lasting battery life with the frequent use of sturdy power adaptors. However, the smartphone can almost stay up to a whole day when it is 100% charged.

Misc. Features of Nokia X30 5G:

  • The remaining notable specs of the X30 include some more sensors and specs.
  • The smartphone is available in only two colors: cloudy blue and white ice.
  • Conforming to EU rules of shifting to USB-C ports to reduce plastic waste, the company gives a USB type-C cord along with the smartphone.
  • It comes with dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 and a 5.1 Bluetooth range. The handset also supports FM radio and RD.
  • The featured sensors include fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, and compass to compete with other leading mobile phones of prevailing companies.

Pricing and Availability:

The mid-range Nokia X30 5G is priced at $560 US dollars. Nokia's premium-style smartphone is indeed affordable, but there is still room for improvement. One can buy the Nokia X30 from the company's website or from any reputable online platforms like Amazon, Alibaba, and eBay at minimal differences in prices.


Ramsha Umer

Ramsha is a tech writer and a blogger with a degree of Masters in English Literature. A passionate writer who loves to weave words to produce engaging content about technology, books, lifestyle, and fashion. She is a reader by heart so whenever she isn’t writing, you can find her reading her favorite books.