Nokia X20 smartphone, Snapdragon 480 5G, 64 MP quad camera

Nokia X20 smartphone
Nokia X20

Even though the Nokia X20 is a solid mid-range phone, there are other options that offer better value. Affordable 5G phones were once a rare sight. The majority of smartphones are flagship models that can drain a consumer's savings, but low-cost phones such as the Nokia X20 might be an ideal entry point for those looking to explore the world of 5G for the first time.

Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Cheap 5G
  • Solid battery life
  • The main camera is great
Cons

Know what to expect from the Nokia X20

With the Nokia X20, Nokia is once again in the familiar low-cost territory it explored with its first 5G phone last year. This device packs a modest set of specs, including a Qualcomm Snapdragon 480, either 6GB or 8GB of RAM, and either 128GB or 256GB of expandable storage. In addition to the primary camera, there are also a pair of depth and macro sensors and a 5MP ultrawide lens.
Pre-installed on the Nokia X20 is Android 11. 3 years of monthly security updates and an extended warranty of 3 years are included. Nokia includes a USB-C charging cable and a compostable case that looks similar to terrazzo tiles. There's no wall charger in the box, but the phone does include a USB-C charging cable.
On that note, Nokia has also teamed up with the tree-planting charity Ecology. Register your IMEI number with Ecology if you buy a Nokia X20, and they will plant 20 trees for you. Receive regular updates on the location of these trees and be notified by email.

Nokia X20 smartphone

Design and features :

How does it look? The Nokia X20 combines a reflective matte finish (pictured here) with a bronze-tinted Midnight Sun or a Mystic Blue color option. Both of these colors look great and feel great as well. A circular housing holds the phone's Zeiss-branded quad-cameras, which sit nicely next to the phone's LED flash and above the oversized metallic logo at the center.
Nokia X20, on the other hand, is an absolute beast. weighing in at 220g and measuring 9.1mm thick, it might be too thick if you have a narrow handbag or tight trouser pockets.
The remaining Nokia X20 specifications are all quite reasonable, however. Moreover, the right-side-mounted power button doubles as a thumbprint reader and the charger sit on the phone's bottom, between its speaker and 3.5mm audio jack. You'll also find a dedicated Google Assistant key, as well as a SIM card tray with room for either a second SIM card or a microSD card on the left edge of the phone.

The Display :

With a resolution of 2,400 x 1,080, the 6.67in, 20:9 aspect IPS display provides a nice display on the front of the phone. There are no high-refresh scrolling or gaming capabilities on the Nokia X20's screen since it runs at just 60Hz. Xiaomi's Redmi Note 10 Pro has a 120Hz AMOLED display and costs £50 less than the Nokia model.
Additionally, the display of the Nokia X20 is quite inconsistent in terms of color accuracy. The phone's IPS panel displayed excessively saturated dark blue and green tones, as well as dull reds in my tests, with an average Delta E of 3.69.
With the adaptive brightness setting engaged, the screen measured at 635cd/m2, which is bright enough for sunny conditions. Even the phone's 1,241:1 contrast isn't bad.

Performance and battery life :

Powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 processor running at 2GHz, the Nokia X20 has an octa-core performance. There's also a 6GB version of the Nokia X20 in stores if you'd like to save a bit of cash. I was sent the top-of-the-line 8GB Nokia X20 for review. Both models have 128GB of internal storage, and the microSD card slot allows you to expand it further if you have one.
Nokia X20 scored 507 in the single-core and 1,633 in the multi-core Geekbench 5 tests, which is roughly in line with Pixel 4A, Redmi Note 9T, and OnePlus Nord N10 performance. However, the iPhone SE outperforms all the others by a wide margin, with the Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G pulling ahead slightly.
In the onscreen Manhattan 3 GFXBench test, the Nokia X20 pumped out an average frame rate of 37fps on the Adreno 619 GPU. There's little to worry about here since it is unlikely to maintain high frame rates in most games anyway, even with a 120Hz display.
It also has a pretty good battery life. In our video rundown test, the Nokia lasted 17hrs 44mins. Batteries aren't as long as those of its rivals, but they should last a day or so, if not longer.

The Cameras :

Nokia X20

A quad-camera system is incorporated into the Nokia X20, with a primary camera that has 64 MP (which can capture 16 MP images by default), a 5 MP ultrawide camera, and 2 MP depth-of-field cameras with dual 2 MP depth and macro sensors. These days and times, that is pretty much standard, and the Nokia's 32MP front-facing camera is no exception.
Was I satisfied with the Nokia X20's camera suite in my testing? I find the camera to be a mixed bag, but the main camera seems to be a delight to use, particularly in sunny environments where detail is abundant. Although I had to adjust the onscreen exposure slider a few times in order to tweak the lighting, I found the Nokia X20's default shooting mode produced images I would be happy to share on social media without more than a few post-capture adjustments.
When the darkness begins to creep in, the phone's night mode is a little on the sluggish side, with a lot of visual noise and a lot of detail being lost. However, the 5MP ultrawide camera isn't impressive, with the end result looking more like a watercolor painting, which isn't something you'd want to hang on the wall.
Nokia X20 supports video recording in both 30fps and 60fps, with a maximum resolution of 1080p. Video recorded with EIS looked clear and stable, but cheaper phones such as the Redmi Note 9T and Moto G 5G Plus can record videos in 4K.

Price and competition:

Featuring 6GB of RAM and 8GB of storage, Nokia's second-ever 5G handset is its most affordable to date. It costs £320 with 8GB of storage and £300 with 6GB. Nokia's online store sells this model exclusively, and I received the model for review.
Nokia's new UK mobile network, HMD Mobile, will also offer a 90-day 15GB free data plan if you decide to purchase through the company. As of this writing, however, this is still a 4G plan, though 5G will follow in the future.
If you're looking for a low-cost 5G device, the Nokia X20 isn't the only one. With the Redmi Note 9T, Xiaomi offers a low-cost 5G smartphone. If you purchase one of these phones, you'll save £120 (£179) on a Nokia Lumia. A price drop has also occurred since launch for the still excellent Moto G 5G Plus, now available for £230.
It's also worth mentioning that the Samsung Galaxy A52 5G (£380) and the iPhone SE (£399) are both excellent choices if you're willing to spend a little more than the Nokia.

The Verdict :

With the high-end aesthetics of the Nokia X20 gone, you're left with a handset that can't quite compete in the value stakes with its rivals. The Nokia X20 fails to stand out at all when you consider the quality of the phone you can now purchase for a lot less money.
Our top 5G value pick remains the cheaper Xiaomi Redmi Note 9T for the time being if your budget is tight and you want 5G. In the end, the Nokia X20's comparatively narrow offering just isn't good enough for us to recommend it.
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