Sustainable Nokia X30 5G phone made from recycled aluminium and plastic

Nokia X30 5G eco-friendly phone

Sustainability continues to be a major focus for tech companies, with HMD Global launching the Nokia X30 5G, a smartphone the company claims is its most eco-friendly yet.

Made from a 100% recycled aluminium frame and 65% recycled plastic back, the Nokia X30 5G has a 6.43-inch AMOLED 1,080 x 2,400 resolution display. It maxes out at a 90Hz refresh rate and 700 nits peak brightness, which is fairly bright for a mid-range phone.

Under the hood, the Nokia X30 5G runs on the Snapdragon 695 5G processor, the same chipset found in the Motorola Edge 30 Neo. Although the phone ships with the previous Android 12 OS, it supports three years of updates – both OS and security – including the current feature-packed Android 13. Depending on which model you choose, other internals include either 128GB storage plus 6GB RAM, or 256GB storage and 8GB RAM.

Although the Nokia X30 5G does away with a charging adapter to reduce the packaging size and subsequent carbon footprint, it does have a reasonably sized 4200mAh battery, and a USB-C cable is included. The phone doesn’t appear to support wireless charging and has 33W fast charging, which is slower than the 68W of its Motorola classmate.

For taking photos, the Nokia X30 5G has a main 50 MP PureView OIS camera that uses AI technology to assist with night photos and portraits. Alongside this, the phone has a 123-degree 13 MP ultrawide camera which pairs with the main lens using Capture Fusion technology to snap detailed landscapes, while selfie-takers get a 16 MP front camera. Also, if you drop the phone in water while taking photos, the device’s IP67 waterproof rating means you should be fine.

Nokia X30 5G pricing and availability

Out now, the latest phone from HMD Global starts at $799 for the 128GB Cloudy Blue model from Telstra, while the 256GB version costs $899 and has the additional colour of Ice White. This makes it noticeably more expensive than the $599 Edge 30 Neo, although some differences remain.

For example, the Motorola handset only comes with a one-year manufacturer warranty and two years of OS updates, while the Nokia X30 5G includes three years across the board: warranty, security, and OS updates. Additionally, only Nokia’s construction includes largely recycled materials.

It’s also a good idea to recycle your old phone via a service like MobileMuster. More recently, local telco Boost Mobile launched a phone trade-in app you can use to receive money in exchange for unused handsets. Recycling your phone means components and materials are used again instead of ending up in landfill.

In terms of the Nokia X30 5G’s price, value is always a subjective measure, and it’s common to pay more for sustainable choices. Similar to the Philips Eco Collection – a toaster and kettle set made from recycled cooking oil – early adoption of eco-friendly tech may cost extra now, but the sustainable techniques used will hopefully soon be the norm and therefore become cheaper over time.

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