Nokia’s new top-of-the-line model delivers the goods.
[EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a review in progress. Since the Nokia X20 we have for review is a pre-release unit, we will be skipping the hardware and camera performance and update it once we get our hands on the retail unit.]
The Nokia X20 shines with its decent feature set headlined by superfast 5G support and great battery life.
I managed to get my hands on an early Nokia X20 unit that was just announced and after spending a few days with it, I can definitely say that it is one of the best smartphones you can purchase for its price. The Nokia X20 is part of HMD Global’s new lineup of smartphones grouped into the X-series, G-series, and C-series.
The announcement of the new series of Nokia smartphones also includes HMD Global’s new message ‘Love it, Trust it, Keep it’. These three messages highlight the key points of these smartphones: long battery life, extended support for security patches as well as future operating system upgrades.
The Nokia X20 comes in a familiar design reminiscent of previous devices. The matte exterior is great, and I personally prefer this since fingerprints are almost non-existent. At 220 grams, the Nokia X20 is definitely big and bulky, something that may not sit for everyone. After using big screen devices over the years I’ve come to love oversized smartphones and the Nokia X20 is no exception.
You’ll find most of the physical buttons on the side of the device: the volume rockers and the power button with the embedded fingerprint sensor are on the right side, while a dedicated Google Assistant button is on the left just beside the dual SIM/microSD card tray. A 3.5mm is still present on the bottom, next to the USB-C port used for charging and data transfers.
The front houses the large 6.67-inch Full HD+ display which was actually very bright and sharp. The 2400-by-1080 pixel resolution was very capable of showcasing images and video with detailed clarity. The display also has a punch hole that houses the front-facing 32-megapixel camera.
Inside, the Nokia X20 runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G chipset with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage (an 8GB/128GB version is also available). Performance is good, but we will update this review with a proper evaluation of its performance once we get the release unit.
It runs Android 11 out of the box, and since it’s an Android One-branded device, you’re getting a near-stock Android experience that doesn’t include the annoying bloatware that other devices have. It also comes with the promise of three years of OS upgrades as well as security patches, making sure your device is always updated. This promise also means you have a reason to keep the smartphone for a longer time, eliminating the pressure of buying another device once the software support has ended. There’s also a 4,470 mAh battery.
The Nokia X20’s quad-camera setup consists of the primary 64-megapixel sensor, 5-megapixel ultra-wide sensor, 2-megapixel depth sensor, and the 2-megapixel macro sensor. What’s more, the cameras support Dual Sight mode that allows you to shoot from the front camera and any of the rear cameras at the same time. A detailed camera performance rating will be provided soon as well once we have our hands on a retail unit.
The Nokia X20 will be available in the UAE from May in Midnight Sun and Nordic Blue (tested here) at a retail price of AED 1,349.
We Didn’t Like:
– Big and bulky size might not be for everyone
Final Rating: TBA