Nokia releases its cheapest 5G phone and first-ever tablet device

Nokia is making even more steps to compete in the tech space with the release of its cheapest 5G phone yet, the Nokia G50, and its first-ever tablet device, the Nokia T20.

This puts Nokia, which is produced by HMD Global, in a more competitive position than previously. With more manufacturers now offering cheaper 5G phones, this next-generation technology has become easier to access for those with a tighter budget. Even though you can pick up cheaper 5G phones from other brands, Nokia’s new G50 is still reasonably priced. The first Nokia tablet device is also a big step for the brand, looking to cement itself as a more full-service technology provider to compete with the bigger players like Samsung and Apple.

“The Nokia T20 marks an incredibly important milestone for HMD Global with our very first tablet,” said James Robinson, ANZ Country Manager at HMD Global.

“Over the past two years in Australia, we’ve experienced an increase in working from home, online learning and the growing use of social media, video calling platforms and streaming services. All of this has contributed to a significant uplift in demand for tablets, with 3.4 million sold in 2020, a 12% increase on the previous year.”

2021 has been a big year for Nokia, with the brand launching plenty of new releases and re-organising the way it releases phones, set up in ranges based on price and focus. The release of this more affordable 5G phone, and the company’s first tablet, looks set to position the Nokia brand more firmly in the market.

The Nokia G50 — Nokia’s cheapest 5G phone to date

Nokia G50 phones in both blue and pink colour options
Source: Nokia

Positioned in the more ‘mid-range’ of the Nokia G series, the Nokia G50 is the latest phone in the line-up, and also Nokia’s cheapest 5G phone to date. While there are lower-priced 5G phones available from other manufacturers, such as Samsung and OPPO, the $449 AUD RRP price point is well within that ‘cheap’ 5G phone range.

You’ll get a 6.82-inch HD+ display, packaged into a sleek Finnish-designed device, with the G50 continuing that unique design Nokia has really made its own in in recent years. There’s a Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G processor, 5,000mAh battery with two-day battery life, and the phone is also 18W quick-charging compatible. You’ll get 4GB of RAM along with 128GB of internal storage, and up to 512GB of expandable micro SD storage.

As for the cameras, you’ll have a triple rear camera setup with 48MP main camera, 5MP ultra-wide and 2MP depth camera, along with the 8MP front-facing camera. You’ll also get a couple of different photo features, including the ability to add a watermark to your images, plus selfie stabilisation and Night Selfie mode, to optimise your selfies in different conditions.

Android 11 is included out of the box, with three years of monthly security updates and two years of OS updates to help future-proof your device. The Nokia G50 is available in Ocean Blue and Midnight Sun colours, and you’ll be able to pick it up for $449 AUD RRP from retailers including JB Hi Fi, Amazon, Harvey Norman and Officeworks.

  • $449 AUD RRP
  • 5G compatibility
  • 6.82-inch HD+ display
  • 5,000mAh battery
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G processor
  • Facial unlocking
  • Triple rear-camera setup (48MP + 5MP ultra wide + 2MP depth)
  • 8MP front-facing camera
  • 4GB RAM
  • 128GB internal storage + up to 512GB expandable micro SD storage
  • Android 11

Pick up a SIM-only plan

If you’re looking at buying the Nokia G50 phone, you’ll need a SIM-only phone plan to bundle with your device. In order to take advantage of the 5G coverage, you’ll need a 5G phone plan, such as those available from Telstra, Optus and Vodafone, along with smaller telcos like SpinTel and Aussie Broadband.

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.


Related: Telstra now stocking cheap Nokia phones — the new Nokia C30 and Nokia G20


The Nokia T20 — a new direction in portable technology

Front and back of Nokia T20 tablet
Source: Nokia

The introduction of Nokia’s first-ever tablet device, the T20, is also the launch for the new ‘T series’ from Nokia, which will no doubt see more tablets released as part of this range in the future.

Nokia has designed the T20 with work-life balance in mind, thanks to its versatility and reliability, featured alongside that stalwart of Nokia devices — great battery life. Much like the way its phones are being produced — with a ‘love it, trust it, keep it’ slogan — the focus for the T20 is very much about creating a useful and reliable device that you’ll want to keep around. There’s a three year warranty, three years of monthly security updates and two years of OS updates.

As for the features and specifications, you’ll get a 2K 10.4-inch display, OZO Playback Panorama, plus stereo speakers for a great viewing experience, along with built-in dual microphones. You’ll also have access to Google Kids Space, which is available to Android tablet devices, designed to help nurture your child’s creativity and curiosity through videos, books and recommended apps. If you do choose to make this a family tablet, parents are able to manage their child’s access through Family Link parental controls.

All of this is powered by an Octa-core chipset for a great performance, not to mention a 8,200mAh battery life with 15W charging compatibility, capable of lasting through 10 hours of movies or 15 hours of web browsing. There’s also a headphone jack, 5MP front-facing camera, and 8MP rear camera with auto-focus. You’ll also have 64GB of internal storage, with up to 512GB of expandable micro SD storage and 4GB of RAM.

You’ll be able to pick up the Nokia T20 in its Deep Ocean colourway, for $349 AUD RRP from the online Nokia store.

  • $349 AUD RRP
  • 10.4-inch 2K display
  • OZO Playback Panorama, stereo speakers
  • Built-in dual microphones
  • 8,200mAh battery
  • Octa-core processor
  • 5MP front-facing camera + 8MP rear camera
  • Nano SIM card slot
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB internal storage + up to 512GB expandable micro SD storage

Mobile broadband plans for tablets

If you like the sound of the Nokia T20 tablet, you may want to pick up a mobile broadband plan so you can access internet on your tablet when on the go. Mobile broadband, or data-only SIM plans, are available from a wide range of telcos, including Telstra, Optus, Vodafone, Amaysim and ALDI Mobile.

Telstra Mobile Broadband Plans

The following table shows a selection of published Telstra mobile broadband plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest. This is a selection of products with links to referral partners.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
Telstra Logo

Extra Small

  • SIM only plan – pay upfront via AutoPay
  • No excess data charges in Australia
  • No 5G access
  • Share your data with up to 10 plans across your account

min. cost $15 over one month

5GBMax Data**/billing period $15Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go to Site
Telstra Logo

Small

  • SIM only plan – pay upfront via AutoPay
  • No excess data charges in Australia
  • No 5G access
  • Share your data with up to 10 plans across your account

min. cost $25 over one month

30GBMax Data**/billing period $25Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go to Site
Telstra Logo

Medium

  • SIM only plan – pay upfront via AutoPay
  • No excess data charges in Australia
  • 5G access included
  • Share your data with up to 10 plans across your account

min. cost $55 over one month

75GBMax Data**/billing period $55Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go to Site
Telstra Logo

Large

  • SIM only plan – pay upfront via AutoPay
  • No excess data charges in Australia
  • 5G access included
  • Share your data with up to 10 plans across your account

min. cost $85 over one month

400GBMax Data**/billing period $85Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go to Site
View all NBN plans listed on Canstar Blue

Vodafone Mobile Broadband Plans

The following table shows a selection of published Vodafone mobile broadband plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest. This is a selection of products with links to referral partners.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
Vodafone Logo

10GB Mobile Broadband Plan

  • SIM Only plan

min. cost $20 over first month

10GBMax Data**/billing period $20Advertised Cost^^/billing period

Link to provider unavailable

Vodafone Logo

40GB Mobile Broadband Plan

  • SIM Only plan

min. cost $40 over first month

40GBMax Data**/billing period $40Advertised Cost^^/billing period

Link to provider unavailable

Vodafone Logo

100GB Mobile Broadband Plan

  • SIM Only plan

min. cost $60 over first month

100GBMax Data**/billing period $60Advertised Cost^^/billing period

Link to provider unavailable

View all NBN plans listed on Canstar Blue

Amaysim Mobile Broadband Plans

The following table shows a selection of  published Amaysim mobile broadband plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest. This is a selection of products with links to referral partners.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
Amaysim Logo

SIM Only 7GB

  • SIM Only

min. cost $15 over 28 day billing period

7GBMax Data**/billing period $15Advertised Cost^^/billing period

Link to provider unavailable

Amaysim Logo

SIM Only 50GB

  • SIM Only

min. cost $40 over 28 day billing period

50GBMax Data**/billing period $40Advertised Cost^^/billing period

Link to provider unavailable

Amaysim Logo

SIM Only 90GB

  • SIM Only

min. cost $60 over 28 day billing period

90GBMax Data**/billing period $60Advertised Cost^^/billing period

Link to provider unavailable

View all NBN plans listed on Canstar Blue

Southern Phone Mobile Broadband Plans

The following table shows a selection of published Southern Phone mobile broadband plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest. This is a selection of products with links to referral partners.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
Southern Phones Logo

Extra Small

  • SIM Only

min. cost $180 over 12 month plan period

7GBMax Data**/billing period $15Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go to Site
Southern Phones Logo

Small

  • SIM Only

min. cost $300 over 12 month plan period

15GBMax Data**/billing period $25Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go to Site
Southern Phones Logo

Medium

  • SIM Only

min. cost $480 over 12 month plan period

50GBMax Data**/billing period $40Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go to Site
Southern Phones Logo

Large

  • SIM Only

min. cost $780 over 12 month plan period

100GBMax Data**/billing period $65Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go to Site
View all NBN plans listed on Canstar Blue

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