The Nokia XR21 is official: And you thought an IP68 rating was great?

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May 3, 2023

Credit: Supplied by HMD Global

The Nokia XR21 has been announced for the UK.
HMD’s new phone uses the same rugged approach as the Nokia XR20.
Expect to pay ~$625 when the phone goes on sale.

HMD Global made its first foray into the rugged phone arena with 2021’s Nokia XR20, bringing a durable design and mid-range specs elsewhere. We’ve already seen a major leak last month, but HMD has officially announced a successor in the form of the Nokia XR21.

The new phone takes a similar approach to design as its predecessor, bringing an aluminum frame and presumably a polycarbonate back. HMD claims the phone has MIL-STD-810H certification as well as an IP69K rating for dust and water resistance. The latter represents a leap over the older phone’s still great IP68 rating, being able to withstand high-pressure jets of hot water. In fact, HMD even claims the new phone can withstand a pressure washer.