HMD Global revamped the Nokia smartphone line-up for 2021 and introduced six models in the brand C, G and X series. Digital Trends was given the opportunity to see the new top-of-the-line phone, one of the first Nokia X20 phones, just before the announcement.
The X Series, along with other new phones, is built to embody HMD Global’s new missions that you trust, love and want to keep. Seems pretty standard when just seen, but the company is going about reaching its goal in an unusual way – it is using good value and longevity through software and support, not just a large number of fillies Gone from a spec sheet. Our first look tests whether it is likely to succeed.
It is important to know that although the phone we tried here is almost final, at least the software will be tweaked before launch, so it is not suitable for a full review or very in-depth examination. Instead, it is a comprehensive first look at the X20.
What makes it special?
Let’s talk about Mann. This is definitely a better place to start with the new Nokia phones as the specs and design are not breaking any new ground. The X20 is the range-topping phone at the moment, and even with its 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage in its top spec, it’s just 320 British pounds, which converts to $ 440. Buy the version with 6GB of RAM and it is 299 pounds or about $ 410. For reference, the Google Pixel 4a 5G was priced at £ 499 at the time of launch in the UK and $ 499 in the US.
Pixel comparisons can continue, as the Nokia X20 has 5G and Android One software, which looks and operates on Pixel in almost the same way as Android, plus it has guaranteed OS and security updates for the next three years. , So it ‘eventually you will get Android 14. Plus, if you are buying a phone in Europe, HMD Global will add another year to the standard two-year warranty, for a total of three years.
Three years of Android updates and three years of manufacturer warranty, all for £ 300. This is a strong value. HMD Global says its tagline for the new range is, “Love it, trust it, keep it,” and based on a customer-centric approach to software and warranties, this is definitely a phone to be called. You will be ready to keep, but what about it?
Would you love it
The Nokia X20 is not far from the established Nokia style, despite the new name. It still has a top-center circular camera module, a flat rear panel, curvy sides and a noticeable chin bezel under the screen. It is similar to the Nokia 8.3, which is just below the side-mounted fingerprint sensor in the power button. It seems about as adequate as the phone though. Not like brick, just solid and heavy. A proper Nokia, in other words.
The phone you are seeing here is in Midnight Sun color, and while the rear panel looks like shiny metal, it is definitely polycarbonate or any other type of plastic. I found it to be quite smooth, but it could be because it is not a retail version. The chassis is smooth and thick, and also appears to be made of plastic. It is quite elaborate, using one hand is quite challenging. I like the feature of the side-mounted fingerprint sensor, but changing the way it unlocks the phone requires tweaking the software, at the moment, it needed to press the power button first and not always very accurate. was.
It is not a style icon, but it is a Nokia phone, as a result of having the same design as the brand over the years. It is not a thin, sluggish phone, although the larger body has a 3.5 mm headphone jack, and there is also room for a microSD card for the SIM tray. The curves make it comfortable to hold, but people with small hands want to try it on for the first shape.
Would you like it as HMD Global wants? Love is a very strong word. It doesn’t feel particularly modern, and as it doesn’t feature glass bodies, swooping lines, or standout designs, it struggles to feel special. You will not like it, but you will like it as a trusted friend.
There is scope to keep the Nokia X20 for three years, depending on the support provided after purchasing it, but a decent specification and a high enough level of capacity to do so still need to feel fresh, or Fresh-ish After 36 months. The X20 features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 processor with 6GB or 8GB of RAM, a 6.67-inch screen with 2400 x 1080 pixel resolution and a 4,470mAh battery.
The Snapdragon 480 processor comes with a Qualcomm X51 5G modem and is Qualcomm’s first 4-series 5G platform, designed explicitly for low-cost phones such as the X-20. In my short time with the phone, and the software with the Cavity is not the last, it has been a good performance. It is very happy Asphalt 9: Legends, Provided that you do not have a slight slump when the screen is too busy. Generally, I have found it to be snapper and more responsive than the old Qualcomm 662 chip.
Although the display is adequate for the price, the screen is not so good. It is large, but it is not very bright, and the viewing angles are quite tight. Again, although things may have changed before the software release, I’ve found it a bit curious to recognize a tap when I was actually trying to swipe. The screen’s middling brightness makes the camera a pain to use in sunlight, as you can’t really see the viewfinder very well.
The question then becomes, do you want to use the camera? It has a 64-megapixel main camera with 5MP ultra-wide (with fixed focus) and a pair of 2MP cameras for macro and depth duty. I hope there will be further software tuning to improve the cameras, as there is clearly still some work to be done from the test shots I make. HDR becomes very aggressive, and portrait mode’s edge recognition is not very effective. You can see them here, but they should not be considered completely representative of how the retail version of the phone would perform, although it is at least good for the main camera.
Whether this is enough for the X20 to be a protector will depend on how your own usage changes over the next few years. If your demand is also moving towards more gaming, media watching, and potential photography, it may feel its age after a year or two. However, Android One software, general speed of the processor, and 5G connectivity will mean that if your demand is modest then it should be a reliable companion in the long run.
Long term appeal
HMD Global’s emphasis on price, once inspired by things other than high specs, is quite unusual at this end of the smartphone scale, and the Nokia X20’s savvy reliance makes it attractive. Motorola does not support its cheap phones like this, nor does OnePlus. Although there is still some serious competition on the horizon in the shape of Samsung’s new A52 and A52 5G phones, which are slightly more expensive, but have more technical appeal.
First impressions of the Nokia X20 are good, and HMD Global’s focus on long-term ownership-related benefits is refreshing. When it becomes available we will review the final version of Nokia X20. The phone will be released in the UK during May, with US availability to be announced.