Nokia’s newest affordable smartphone brings upgraded photography and massive multi-day battery life to the under-$250 price range. Announced this week, the Nokia C32 is the first device in the iconic brand’s C-series phone lineup to include a big 50-megapixel camera, giving customers on a budget access to high-quality smartphone photography.
According to Nokia, the C32 includes advanced imaging algorithms that boost its ability to take nighttime and low-light snaps, both on the front selfie camera and in the back. Aside from a camera that claims to punch above its weight, the C32 also includes a large battery, durable design, and the newest Android 13 operating system.
Nokia C32: key features and specs
- $249 AUD
- 6.5-inch HD display
- 1.6Ghz Octa-core processor
- Dual rear-camera setup (80MP main + 2MP macro)
- 8MP front-facing camera
- 5,000mAh battery with 3-day battery life
- 4GB RAM + 3GB virtual RAM extension
- 64GB of internal storage, with expandable microSD card support up to 256GB
- Android 13 operating system
- Fingerprint and face unlock
- 4G connectivity
- Beach Pink, Charcoal and Autumn Green colours
Nokia’s big selling point for its newest C series model is that 50-megapixel rear camera. The C32 is the first variant in the series to feature a 50MP sensor, and this new, larger lens – combined with Nokia’s built-in imaging software – offers better results in varying lighting conditions.
The C32 includes both a 50-megapixel and 2-megapixel lens in the back, with the 50MP shooter designed to capture more light. Nokia has included a bespoke Night Mode feature on the front and rear cameras, along with HDR photography, Portrait Mode and an LED flash. While the C32 doesn’t offer the same premium level of photography as more expensive Nokia models, such as the Nokia X30 5G or ultra-tough Nokia XR21, it should deliver a great camera experience for this price point.
Outside of cameras, the Nokia C32 boasts a classic Nordic design, featuring toughened metal glass on the front and back and a two-tone finish. You’ll get a 6.5-inch HD display with a 720 x 1600 resolution, and a top-centre camera cutout; while the screen itself can’t compete with high-end displays, the overall design of the C32 is sleek and stylish. The device itself also includes IP52-rated drop and splash protection, and scratch resistance on the front screen.
The C32 runs Android 13 straight out of the box, free from bloatware for a much smoother experience and more storage space. There’s 64GB of internal storage, but buyers can take advantage of microSD card support for an extra 256GB. The C32 also includes 4GB of RAM, with extended virtual RAM of up to 3GB.
You’ll be able to secure your phone with both a side fingerprint scanner, as well as in-built Face Unlock, and Nokia has so far confirmed two years of Android security updates. The device is powered by an octa-core processor with a maximum speed of 1.6Ghz, as well as a generous 5,000mAh battery: Nokia claims this will give you up to three days per charge, with help from the phone’s Super Battery Saver.
Where to buy the Nokia C32
Nokia’s C32 is available in Charcoal, Autumn Green, and our favourite, Beach Pink. It’s priced at $249 outright, and is available now from Nokia’s online store, and selected retailers including Harvey Norman and Officeworks.
While you won’t be able to pick up the Nokia C32 on a telco plan, this does give you the freedom to pair it with a cheaper, no-contract SIM plan from any Australian provider. We’ve compiled a range of popular postpaid and prepaid SIM options below – keep in mind that while some of these plans may include 5G network access, the Nokia C32 is not a 5G-capable smartphone.
Here is a selection of postpaid plans from Canstar Blue’s database with a minimum of 10GB of data, listed in order of standard cost, lowest to highest, then by data allowance, largest to smallest. Try using our mobile phone plan comparison tool to see a wide range of plans from other providers. This table includes products with links to referral partners.
Here is a selection of prepaid plans from Canstar Blue’s database with a minimum of 10GB of data each month, listed in order of standard cost, lowest to highest, then by data allowance, largest to smallest. If you want to compare a larger range of offers from other providers, use our phone plan comparison tool. This table includes products with links to referral partners.