Nokia G11 Plus is the improved version of a previous Nokia smartphone named G11. The brand had a relatively hushed launch of G11 Plus earlier this year, which surprises no one when it comes to Nokia. Designed quite evidently for the entry-level smartphone segment, G11 Plus appears pretty decent on the specification sheet. As a brand, Nokia now is known for its robust designs and reliable user experience. So, let’s find out how well the Nokia G11 Plus fairs in those and other important parameters in our Nokia G11 Plus review.
Nokia G11 Plus – Unboxing
The Nokia G11 Plus box design is a standard one that highlights the three years of security updates on the side along with some basic specifications in quick detail at the back of the box. Inside the box, you get the handset, SIM ejection pin, product safety and other booklets in various languages, a see-through jelly case cover (this will mostly be depended on the region you purchase your device from), a power adapter, and USB-C to USB-A charging cable. The box also contains a not-so-impressive pair of headsets, which in all honesty are nowhere close to the quality you might expect from a brand like Nokia.
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The handset comes with a pre-applied screen protector. So, while you remove the sticker with device key features printed from the smartphone screen, make sure you do not remove the screen protector from underneath.
Design – Slim, Sleek and Super Tough
In the design department, Nokia G11 Plus has managed to fair well. The front of the smartphone comes with nice chunky bezels all around giving a perfect finish around the screen. On the right, we have the volume rocker keys and the power key while the left side houses the dual SIM slot and SD card slots. You can use two SIM cards as well as a micro SD slot to expand the memory.
Furthermore, it looks like Nokia with this handset decided to remove the dedicated Google Assistant Button from the left side. On the top, there is the 3.5 mm headphone jack and on the bottom, there’s the USB C cable and a microphone hole. The back of the G11 Plus is quite busy comparatively speaking. We have a 50-megapixel primary camera, a 2-megapixel depth sensor and also an LED flashlight. Moreover, There’s also a fingerprint scanner located in the middle of the device. And then we have a loudspeaker located near the bottom.
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The whole device is built with polycarbonate plastic and has IP52 water-resistant grading. However, when you hold the device in your hands, it feels quite solid and doesn’t have the cheap finish that some of the same material smartphone bodies usually suffer from. The back has a well-textured finish even though in hand feels smooth. The camera plate in this one, unlike the Nokia G11, isn’t glossy which prevents it from getting unnecessary scratches easily.
6.5” HD+ Display – For Entertainment and Smoother Performance
Nokia G11 Plus comes with a 6.5 inch IPS LCS high definition plus display with 720 x 1600 resolution with a waterdrop notch. Promising much smoother touch interactions, the display has a 90Hz refresh rate and a 180Hz touch sampling rate (which only works with supported apps/scenarios). The display also comes with a pixel density of 270ppi. The display in the first couple of uses appears to be perfect for an everyday smartphone experience. The scrolling, swiping and sharing through the device is smoother.
The one thing that we liked about the display of the smartphone is the narrow bezels and the chin-notch. These give the smartphone a premium-looking 89.06% of the screen-to-body ratio.
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50 Megapixel AI Powered Camera
Nokia here packed a dual-rear camera setup with a 50-megapixel main camera AF (f/1.8) and 2-megapixel depth sensor FF, supported with an LED flash and autofocus functionality. It further sports an 8-megapixel front camera for video chats and selfies. Even though a 50-megapixel camera sounds like a great lens, we have to realise that this is a budget-friendly device. And thus, the 50-megapixel camera may not provide as great results as some other smartphones with the same specifications probably can.
Nokia G11 Plus, however, does have various other supporting camera features to ensure that we enjoy an optimum photography experience. The end result shots of the smartphone look vibrant and perfect for using everyday photography or even for social media. However, the quality may seem so resolved when zoomed into the photos to see finer details.
Some of these camera interface features may sound basic at first glance but we definitely feel the photography modes including Bokeh mode, Slo-motion, Panorama, Timelapse, and Pro-mode settings among others enhance the overall everyday photography experience.
Platform, Memory and Storage
Nokia G11 Plus has a decent UI and runs on the Android v12 operating system. It is powered by an entry-grade Unisoc T606 chipset with a 1.6GHz octa-core processor. HMD will provide at least 2 versions of OS upgrades along with monthly security updates for 2 years from the date of purchase.
As per the benchmarking websites, Nokia G11 Plus managed to score 309 points during single-core testing and 1302 point during multi-core testing.
Moreover, the SoC of the Nokia G11 Plus has integrated support of 4 GB RAM as well as a Mali-G57 MP1 GPU. Together, these specifications promise improved performance in everyday tasks such as making calls, texting, internet browsing, or simply scrolling through apps.
We found that 64 GB of internal storage capacity is enough for all your important apps or other requirements considering the segment of the smartphone. In case needed, the smartphone storage can be easily expanded up to 512GB via a micro SD card.
A Big 5000 mAh Battery Support
Nokia G11 Plus comes with a 5000 mAh non-removable Li-Po battery for longer operating hours. The battery also has 10W fast charging support. For regular usage, the device can easily provide 3 days of power according to the claims made by the brand.
However, that definitely seems more like a theoretical claim since in order to achieve that many hours of power, you will have to be a lot more conservative in your approach to using the device. Practically speaking, approximately 12 hours of screen time is what one should expect when judging the battery life of this smartphone.
Nokia G11 Plus Connectivity Features
In terms of connectivity, Nokia G11 Plus supports 4G, VoLTE with dual standby, Bluetooth v5 that comes with up to 10 meters of wireless range, Wi-Fi (802.11), and a USB Type-C port. Moreover, the device also facilitates online location tracking, which is performed through the built-in GPS with A-GPS, Glonass, and Galileo.
The device provides decent call quality with speakers that you wouldn’t face any particular issues while answering calls. However, do not expect high-quality sound otherwise. The smartphone sensors include an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, proximity sensor, and in-display fingerprint sensor.