Nokia X20 Review – When Another Doesn’t Always Mean Better

  • The Nokia X20 is here, you just can’t buy a cheaper 5G phone with such a history
  • Pure Android helps performance, otherwise it’s surprisingly enough
  • Not everyone will appreciate the added value from Nokia

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Article chapters:

»1. Introduction, parameters, package contents, design, display and environment
» 2. Performance, battery, camera and pictures, evaluation

As a proper boomer, my hands still shake a little when I unpack my Nokia phones. Although, of course, I know that Nokia is no longer the original Nokia, and that under the word Symbian, younger readers may be looking for some kind of parasite rather than an operating system. In short, I belong to the generation that grew up with the original Nokia. We were amazed to play the snake on the 6110, with trembling hands fired a slider on the 7110 and installed pirate apps on the N95. But we also cried when the Windows logo shone on our nooks, and behind them the cunning director / liquidator Stephen Elop grinned at us.

The Pure View logo has now replaced Zeiss, and Nokia is merging with other budget brands that have decided to connect their destiny with Android logically and in the spirit of the time. It is not easy to stand out among the competition and Nokia is trying to fight the increasingly original weapons. This year’s ones are mainly from the soft-power category. These include, for example, promises of long support for new facilities or an emphasis on ecology. But will these attributes really be enough for today’s crazy customers?

Nokia X20: specifications

Construction plast, 168.94 × 79.7 × 9.1 mm, 220 g
Display 6.67 ″, IPS LCD, 60 Hz, 2400 × 1080 px, 20: 9 aspect ratio, 395 PPI fineness
Operating system Android 11
Chipset 8jádrový, 2,0 GHz, Qualcomm Snapdragon 480
Memory 6 GB RAM, 128 GB storage, MicroSD slot (up to 512 GB)
Camera four sensors (64 Mpx main + 5 Mpx ultra-wide + 2 Mpx depth + 2 Mpx macro), aperture f / 1.79 + f / 2.2 + 2 × f / 2.4 LED flash, Zeiss optics, artificial intelligence; front 32 Mpx
LTE 800, 900, 1800, 2100, 2600 MHz
Technology 5G, Dual SIM, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi, GPS, USB-C, NFC, 3.5 mm jack, side fingerprint reader, face reader, OZO audio
Battery 4,470 mAh, fast charging 18 W
Price and availability CZK 8,989, May-June 2021

Package contents

  • telefon Nokia X20
  • needle on SIM
  • USB-A / USB-C kabel
  • compostable eco packaging
  • technical brochure and basic guide

A little chubby lava

The emphasis on the environment has something to do with it. Anyone familiar with Nokia’s activities knows that its focus on renewable energy is being reflected in its entire business strategy. In the case of the X20 model, this sometimes manifests itself in a somewhat irritating way – the charger is missing in the Apple package. However, you can buy it and Nokia donates this amount for ecological purposes.

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The Nokia X20 is a real cat – thick, wide and long

The second green aspect is the white compostable case packed in a box. It looks good damn, and it feels better than other similar pieces that you can buy in stalls in the corridors of hypermarkets. It has only two negative aspects. On the one hand, it turns very fast from jeans to blue. And then it also enlarges the already bulky device to downright unpleasant dimensions.

The Nokia X20 is really big. Of course, the 6.67-inch display requires a larger body. But almost seventeen centimeters in height and eight in width is a bit much. After all, this is due to the more pronounced edges around the screen – the display occupies only 79% of the front area – and also the visible chin. Also, the selfie camera lens located in the middle of the upper edge of the display is just a little bigger than we have become accustomed to in recent years.

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But I’ll take good care of it

But a certain obsolescence is not always a step in the wrong direction. Thanks to this approach, Nokia also has an audiojack or a fast and high-quality fingerprint reader hidden in the side unlock button. Unfortunately, at the exact same height, there is a dedicated Google Assistant button on the opposite side. Probably no one would ask for that – if you don’t remember that it is unlocked with the recessed and the assistant is triggered with the button pushed out, Nokia will call you insane.

Even more, for example, only one speaker freezes, the absence of water resistance, and especially the all-plastic construction. Yes, the flagship of the X20 is only a matter of the brand’s portfolio. For the price of around 9 thousand, I would expect a little more. Fortunately, the body of the phone does not look cheap at all. The workmanship is at a great level, and if someone tried to tell me that my back was made of glass and my hips were made of metal, it would probably take a while to convict him of a lie.

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I look and sometimes I don’t see

Fortunately, we can find tempered glass on the display. Apparently it’s a Gorilla Glass 5. But this is where the joy of the screen ends. Under the glass we find a relatively ordinary IPS panel with a ratio of 20: 9 with 1080p resolution. The peak brightness value of around 450 nits suggests that it will not be a hit. And practice unfortunately confirms this. I would compare the display to the last iPhones equipped with LCD displays with a proper frame and with the difference that it is a bit harder to read in the sun, but again has better viewing angles. Even the rendering of colors is relatively natural. But I have to repeat myself again – this year’s phone is a panel that I would not expect in this category, where we sometimes see even above-average quality AMOLEDs.

The Nokia screen needs to be credited with having minimal brightness. It is great to read in a dark room and it does not irritate the eyes. It suits me. But I can well imagine users who would rather appreciate a higher refresh rate. 60 Hz is still the standard. However, this is an analogous situation, which I described in the case of the type of display: similarly priced competition is sometimes better. And it is the smooth movement of animations that is the famous “new big thing” in the middle and lower middle class. Despite the fact that the Nokia X20 is priced more in the upper-middle class.

In short: Nokia has equipped the X20 with something I would describe as a basic acceptable display in this category. And that seems to be small nowadays.

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Article chapters:

»1. Introduction, parameters, package contents, design, display and environment
» 2. Performance, battery, camera and pictures, evaluation

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