The Nokia X20 is specced like a device at this price point is expected to be. It’s powered by a modest Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 processor paired with either 6 or 8GB of RAM (my device has 6GB), 128GB of expandable storage, and a 4,470mAh battery. It’s got a 6.67-inch, 1080p 60Hz display with a small hole-punch notch and four rear cameras including an ultrawide, macro, and depth sensor.
I’m glad that they have moved to use Android OS and even though they don’t seem to be in the market of high-end Android phones, their mid-range phones like the X20 and XR20 are still interesting to be looked at.
The Nokia X20 that I have for reviewing here comes with an integrated ZEISS lens, good battery life, design, and of course, that iconic Nokia tune as soon as you turn the phone on.
- – 2GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 480 Processor
- – 6/8GB RAM With 128GB ROM
- – 6.67 Inch FHD+ Display
- – Dual SIM
- – 64MP + 5MP + 2MP + 2MP Quad Rear Camera
- – 8MP Front Camera
- – 3.5mm Audio Jack
- – 5G SA/NSA
- – 4G VoLTE
- – WiFi 5
- – Bluetooth 5
- – USB Type-C
- – 4470 MAh Battery
Nokia X20 Full Specifications
|Technology / Frequency Bands
|GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz LTE: 800/900/1800/2100/2600 MHz
|Li – Po
|Midnight Sun and Nordic Blue
|2400 x 1080 pixels
Camera / Imaging / Video
|Yes 64 MP
|9216 × 6912 pixels
|Yes, Android Webkit
|MP3 and Polyphonic
|3.5mm Headphone Jack
Performance and software: Not a powerhouse but solid enough
A Snapdragon chipset from the 4 series in a mid-range smartphone? You might flinch imperceptibly at first, but the Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 actually does a pretty decent job.
What I liked:
- Pure Android 11 experience.
- Three years of guaranteed software and security updates.
- 8 GB RAM.
- 5G network support.
- Solid performance.
What I didn’t like:
- Noticeable heat during intensive use.
- Programs launch a tad slower than on rival handsets.
Retailing for just under $500 and equipped with “only” a Snapdragon 480 chipset while knowing that its competition relies mostly on Qualcomm SoCs from the 7 series? Yeah, I thought that it would be a disaster too at first, but it’s less bad than it might initially appear on paper.
The new Snapdragon 480 chipset has eight cores and up to 2 GHz clock speed is not ashamed to deliver on its performance, being able to keep up on most occasions with Snapdragon chipsets higher up the food chain such as the Snapdragon 732.
Combined with 8 GB of RAM, performance is perfectly satisfactory for the most part. Of course, you will find its performance wanting in terms of gaming when you set the graphics settings to the maximum, but it usually runs smoothly enough without any worries.
However, the X20 does heat up noticeably during prolonged gaming sessions without getting uncomfortably hot to the touch. There is nothing to complain about in the use of usual everyday applications neither in terms of overheating nor performance.
As for its software in general, purists will be happy about the pure Android 11 experience that you will find on the Nokia X20. With pure Android, Nokia promises us three years of software updates and guaranteed monthly security updates as well over the next three years. This means you will also be able to enjoy Android 12 on your smartphone!
Camera: The Zeiss brand alone isn’t enough
The Zeiss brand stands for quality and the main camera actually captured good pictures under ideal conditions. However, the rest of it falls rather short in comparison.
What I liked:
- Main 64MP camera that delivers good results under ideal conditions.
- 32 MP selfie cam works well.
What I didn’t like:
- No telephoto lens.
- Pair of 2MP cameras (macro and depth).
- Too much unnecessary blurring of elements in ultra-wide-angle shots.
- Poor detail and low contrast in low light conditions.
Most entry-level and mid-range handsets sport an unnecessary number of camera sensors, of which two of them tend to be pretty much useless. Unfortunately, the X20 is no exception: We see a 64 MP main camera, a 5 MP ultra-wide-angle camera, a 2 MP depth-sensing camera, and a 2 MP macro camera.
Hence, you can already see that Nokia has decided to forgo the telephoto camera, hoping that users won’t notice that the bokeh captured in photos and macro shots using the 2 MP shooters deliver meager results at best.
As long as the amount of light is adequate, nice-looking photos are indeed possible with the Zeiss main camera, with the color representation looking realistic while capturing a relevant amount of detail in the pictures.