Our Opinion

The Samsung Galaxy M21 (4GB RAM, 64GB) is a slightly better phone than the Nokia 7.2 (4GB RAM), and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Samsung Galaxy M21 (4GB RAM, 64GB)!

Nokia 7.2 (4GB RAM)  Samsung Galaxy M21 (4GB RAM, 64GB) 
Nokia 7.2 Samsung Galaxy M21
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Excellence Score
30.5
34.1
Value for Money Score
61.9
77.0
Price ₹ 16,999 onwards ₹ 12,499 onwards
Launch Date (India) Sep, 2019 Mar, 2020
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android versionAndroid One series Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.3 inches 6.4 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2280 pixels (~ 400 pixels per inch) 1080x2340 pixels (~ 403 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Display Type IPS LCD AMOLED
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
Display Features HDR10, Always-on Display Super AMOLED
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.2 GHz 2.3 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 660Ranked #47 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Samsung Exynos 9611Ranked #37 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 512 Mali-G72 MP3
RAM 4 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
5G
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 48MP + 8MP + 5MP 48MP + 8MP + 5MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 48MP: F/1.8 Aperture; 1/2" Sensor Size; 0.8um Pixel Size; PDAF; Zeiss optics; EIS, 8MP: F/2.2 Aperture; 13mm Focal Length; Ultrawide lens, 5MP: Depth Sensor, Panorama, HDR, Video: [email protected]; [email protected] 48MP: f/2.0 aperture; 26mm Focal Length; 1/2.0" Sensor Size; 0.8um Pixel Size; PDAF, 8MP: f/2.2 aperture; 12mm Focal Length; Ultra-wide; 1/4.0" Sensor Size; 1.12um Pixel Size, 5MP: f/2.2 aperture; Depth Sensor, Panorama, HDR, Video: [email protected]; [email protected]; EIS
Secondary Camera 20MP 20MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, Zeiss optics, HDR f/2.0 aperture, 26mm Focal Length, HDR
Internal Memory 64 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 512 GB Yes, up to 512 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes (Wireless)
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM
Thickness 8.25 mmMedium 8.9 mmMedium
Weight 180 gmMedium 188 gmMedium
Width 75.2 mmOk for one-handed use 75.1 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3500 mAh 6000 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Support Yes, 15W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger Yes, 15.0W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Noise Filtration Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Top notch build quality and premium, elegant glass-back design - the front and back are made out of glass, whereas the frame is a "high-tech polymer that's twice as strong as polycarbonate and half the weight of aluminum" - it's technically plastic, but it has a sturdy feel to it that does make it feel like aluminum in the hand
  • The back glass has a nice matte finish - it's soft to the touch and stands out a bit from traditional glass back designs
  • The green colorway variant is especially attractive and stylish (the black one is more sober)
  • The front is modern and sharp too - with a teardrop notch
  • The power button has a built-in LED light that pulses when you receive a notification, and it's equal parts subtle and cool
  • Dedicated Google Assistant button
  • Very good rear fingerprint sensor
  • Overall, the phone feels like it was built with love and care, with a sturdy frame, clicky buttons, and a nice bit of heft giving it the essence of a much more expensive phone
  • Very good, crisp, colorful, 6.3-inch IPS display
  • Nokia's HDR PureDisplay technology, in addition to supporting native HDR content, also allows the Nokia 7.2 to natively convert SDR videos into HDR ones — resulting in a picture that's brighter and more colorful - it gives everything you watch a noticeable pop, making movies, TV shows, and YouTube clips that much more enjoyable
  • You can also enable the Nokia 7.2's "Dynamic Mode" to have it automatically adjust your screen's color, contrast, brightness, and white balance based on what you're doing - for example, if you're reading a book in the Kindle app, your screen will become warmer as to be easier on your eyes
  • Being part of Android One series, you get clean, simple stock Android backed by guaranteed updates
  • Decent performance with a solid Snapdragon 660 powering the phone - day-to-day tasks, and games are usually smooth
  • Pretty decent triple camera setup for the price bracket - a 48MP primary camera, 8MP ultra-wide-angle camera, and a 5MP depth sensor that's used for portrait shots
  • The 48MP camera captures a lot of detail and generally showcases vibrant colors
  • Portrait mode is pretty good too - the detail and color of the primary camera shine through, and Nokia allows you to change the effect and intensity after the fact
  • Overall, this is a pretty decent camera phone for this price category (though it's not up to the level of the category leaders from the likes of Xiaomi, Realme)
  • The single speaker gets loud enough and sounds fine
  • Good battery life with a 3500 mAh battery - you will comfortably get a day of use, even with heavy usage
  • Decent looks and build quality - very similar to the Samsung Galaxy M31, with a a unibody polycarbonate design, and glossy finish on the back panel - the only major difference is the camera module which houses a triple rear camera
  • The plastic body keeps the phone feeling relatively lightweight at 188 grams, which is mighty impressive for a phone packing a big 6000 mAh battery
  • It also feels great to hold with a seamless curved panel that meets the display up front
  • Modern, Infinity-U front - bezels around the screen are slim, except for a slightly thick chin - you still get around 90 per cent screen-to-body ratio, which is great
  • Fingerprint sensor at the back is easy to reach and work very well
  • Gorgeous, 6.4-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED display with excellent viewing angles, and brightness levels - easily one of the best displays in the price bracket
  • It also comes with "Widevine L1" certification, which helps stream content in crisp HD resolution
  • Blacks are deep on the AMOLED display, which looks good with Night mode enabled
  • Samsung's OneUI is today one of the more clean, refined Android UIs that's especially well optimised for large displays like this
  • One UI also brings in other useful stuff, like a System-wide Dark mode (which turns the background completely black, and looks great on the M21's AMOLED display), and Always On Display option
  • Decent performance with the Exynos 9611 at the core (similar to Snapdragon 665) - the device is fairly quick to load up apps - multitasking is a breeze
  • Decent triple rear camera setup - a 48MP primary snapper, an 8MP ultra-wide lens and a 5MP depth sensor
  • In broad daylight, you'll get consistent, crispy shots with decent dynamic range and sharpness levels are respectable with the primary lens
  • The ultra-wide sensor, like on any budget phone, is a good addition - it takes social media-worthy images in great lighting conditions (in low-light, the quality dips and pictures look grainy and noisy, wide-angle shots also have barrel distortion at the edges)
  • Live Focus shots are quite good and the camera app does give you the option to set the level of blur before taking a shot - edge detection is very good and the Galaxy M21 does a good job of separating the subject from the background
  • The 20MP selfie camera is quite good and takes detailed selfies (though, in low light, the quality goes down a notch and results are grainy)
  • Monster 6000 mAh battery delivers an incredible 2-3 days of usage easily, making for one of the largest battery life smartphones currently available
  • Supports 15W fast charging
  • If you're someone who consumes a lot of content on their phone, the Galaxy M21 is a good phone for you, it has great AMOLED display, outstanding battery backup that will last you for days
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • It's significantly behind the best performers in this price bracket though, with its relatively old processor
  • Images from the 48MP camera can occasionally be overly sharpened
  • Low light photography is average
  • The 118-degree ultra-wide camera is a lot of fun to use and opens up new possibilities with the types of photos you can take, but similar to a lot of other phones with an ultra-wide lens, there's a noticeable decrease in image quality compared to the primary camera
  • No fast charging support
  • Overall, while the Nokia 7.2 is a pretty decent phone on its own, it faces some pretty tough competition in its price category at the moment from Xiaomi and Realme, which it will find tough to beat, primarily on account of its average performance and cameras - if, however it's the software experience that matters most to you, it's still worth looking at
  • The power button and volumes are quite flush with the frame which means they lack that tactile, clicky feel
  • Design feels a bit dated and underwhelming, there is no spark in Galaxy M21's design as we see in other brand's phones like Xiaomi and Realme
  • However, this is an old chipset and heavy gaming isn't best on this phone - the Redmi Note 9 Pro and the Realme 6 are much better options that will handle gaming better than the Galaxy M21
  • Photos taken in low-light are average - focusing gets worse in low light and the extreme noise-correction makes images look like water paintings
  • Overall, the cameras on the M21 are decent, but there are better cameras available in this price bracket, including the Galaxy M31, which is just a tad bit pricier
  • Samsung Galaxy M11 falls behind in fast charging as competitors are offering close to 30W fast charging, the 15W on M21 feels low
  • Having said that, the Redmi Note 9 Pro and the Realme 6 will still offer you more bang for your buck, overall and when it comes to intensive tasks like gaming, you’ll be better off choosing the Realme 6 or the Redmi Note 8 Pro that are probably the best phones for gaming in this segment
Expert Reviews
  1. Hard to recommend to anyone but the die-hard Nokia brand loyalist on a budget
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The Nokia 7.2 is a solid, affordable smartphone that caters to those who enjoy clean Android software
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The whole package comes at a good price, it’s only when the phone tries to go above and beyond with features like a wide-angle camera that it stumbles.
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. A decent proposition for its price, but the competition has more to offer in terms of power
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. The competent and capable Nokia 7.2 is still top o, but there are a number of other challengers that are getting closer
    forbes.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Good as a complete package
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  7. Decent, but lacks the ‘wow’ factor
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. Set to be overshadowed by Redmi Note 8 Pro
    hindustantimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. If stock UI is something you can't compromise on, Nokia 7.2 has you covered
    ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  10. A bit of a mixed bag
    expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  11. A well-built midrange phone, but not the best value
    tomsguide.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. Nokia's latest mid-ranger is a good value, but the increased competition give it a run for its money
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. Acceptable in this price range
    pocketnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. A fairly competent device...but it is hard to see how Nokia can match up to the Xioamis and Realmes in the market
    thequint.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. Not quite the best cheap (mid-range) phone around, but comes close
    stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  16. Unlike its mid-segmented predecessors that used to lag well behind offerings from the competition, the Nokia 7.2 actually manages to go toe to toe with them
    techpp.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. A tough one to judge as in some areas it excels, but at the same time, other areas fall short of what’s on offer from the competition
    techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  18. Provides a heck of a lot of value
    neowin.net in-depth Read Review »
  19. Decent midranger
    androidpolice.com in-depth Read Review »
  20. Good battery life, lightweight software, and a decent camera make this an interesting value-for-money proposition
    t3.com in-depth Read Review »
  21. The competition is pretty stiff in the sub-Rs 20,000 segment with phones like the Realme XT and Redmi K20...But the Nokia 7.2 is able to match up to them with its own strengths
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  22. A great software experience and an extremely flashy design aside, I believe that users will find no extra value for money in the Nokia 7.2...only for Nokia die-hard fans
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  23. One of HMD Global’s most comprehensive midrange smartphone in recent times
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  24. Quite a good offering if you want an Android One device that promises a decent mix of good performance, optics, and design
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  25. The Nokia 7.2 is a solid and reliable handset in most respects, but the existence of so many high-quality competitors sadly makes the Nokia 7.2 less compelling.
    finder.com.au in-depth Read Review »
  26. notebookcheck.net in-depth Read Review »
  27. androidauthority.com hands-on Read Review »
  28. digitaltrends.com hands-on Read Review »
  29. trustedreviews.com hands-on Read Review »
  30. themobileindian.com hands-on Read Review »
  31. gadgetsnow.com hands-on Read Review »
  32. pocket-lint.com hands-on Read Review »
  1. All the battery life you need
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Great battery in an average package
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  3. A judicious mix of features and performance gets the day-to-day work done easily
    economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Buy This For The Battery and Vivid AMOLED Display
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. A Phone That Caters Best To Video Content Consumers
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Sharp display, good cameras, decent performance and an amazing battery life, though the Galaxy M31 is better
    zeebiz.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. A good option if you are out in the market looking for a capable smartphone that is not Xiaomi or Realme
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. Big battery and display at an affordable price
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  9. gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. gsmarena.com hands-on Read Review »
  11. ibtimes.co.in hands-on Read Review »
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