The Nokia XR20 is so tough, even Robert Carlos couldn’t break it

July 27, 2021

HMD Global have announced three new Nokia phones to its refreshed portfolio, including the Nokia XR20, the Nokia C30 and the Nokia 6310.

Now the Nokia XR20 is of key interest to us. It’s supposedly built to survive anything life can throw at you.

To test its durability, Brazilian football legend Roberto Carlos and female world champion freestyler Lisa Zimouche put the new Nokia XR20 through a series of tough tests. From dunking it in icy water to being kicked, flipped and spun screen-first across a concrete gravel football pitch.

Carlos even recreated his famous banana shot from the 1997 Brazil vs France match to test the device’s durability – three Nokia XR20s were positioned on a goal post for the football sensation to hit in a free kick shootout.

The Nokia XR20 features one of the strongest of screens with Corning Gorilla Glass Victus, which is amongst the toughest of glass out there. It will withstand extreme temperatures, 1.8m drops, 1h under water and more, Put simply, the Nokia XR20 is built for conditions far harsher than the rough and tumble of everyday life.

The Nokia XR20 will retail for AED 1,849 in the UAE, with availability in September 2021, in Saudi Arabia the Nokia XR20 will retail for SAR 1,920 with availability in September 2021, while in Kuwait, the Nokia XR20 will retail for KWD 154 with availability in October 2021.

by Anil George
Avid follower of all things tech. In between his quest for the ultimate gizmo, Anil fiddles with light meters, collects rare books and feeds his fetish for Jap horror movies. As Managing Editor of T3 Middle East for the GCC, Anil oversees content direction across print and digital. He was a CES 2020 Innovation Awards Judge, reprising his role as an Innovation Awards Judge at CES 2018, CES 2017, 2016 and 2015. Anil is also the Middle East's first Brand Ambassador for Ashdown Engineering. Reach him at: