Smartphone review: Nokia X20: Alone against Asia

Nokia is focusing on more sustainability with its mid-range smartphone X20. In the test, however, some weaknesses are also revealed, especially with the camera. […]

With new model names and more sustainability, HMD Global wants to bring its Nokia brand forward. The X-Series stands for the upper middle class, the X20, which is offered for 399 euros, is the current top model. We have tested whether it can stand up to the strong attackers from China and Korea in this price range.

Although Nokia claims the trend topic of sustainability for itself, but you really do not dare much with the X20: It does not have a replaceable battery or even a modular design like the Fairphone, even the production takes place under unspecified conditions. Like Apple and Samsung, you do without at least an enclosed charger and a headset, instead you find in the flat packaging a visually somewhat rustic-looking protective case made of fully compostable material.

A much more weighty argument for buyers should be the Android updates and the warranty of at least three years, which should bring a longer life of the smartphone. On a positive note, Nokia also always has the” pure ” Android, in which only Amazon and Netflix are installed as additional apps, but they can be deleted.

The look of the X20 is unspectacular, the rounded plastic housing looks particularly elegant in matte blue and is well processed. The fingerprint sensor is practically housed in the side power button. With its 220 grams, however, the Finn is a small heavyweight. In addition, the wide frame above and below the screen now appears a bit stale.

The large 6.7-inch display, unlike many Asian competitors, does not use OLED technology, but only IPS, which is noticeable in less luminosity and paler colors. Even the low refresh rate of only 60 Hz is hardly up-to-date in this price range.

Decent performance

As a processor, a current mid-range model from Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 480 5G, is used, which is supported by the powerful Adreno-619 graphics chip and lush 8 GB of memory. In everyday life, the performance of this combo is quite enough for most applications, only in demanding games there are slight jerks. The achieved Antutu benchmark of around 320,000 points is on average for devices in this price range.

At 4,470 mAh, the battery is quite generously dimensioned and lasted for about two days in everyday use. However, competitors such as Xiaomi or OnePlus can charge quickly much better: The X20 needs almost two hours with 18 W for a complete filling of the power dispenser, which is also not wireless to charge.

The four lenses of the main camera with optics from partner Zeiss are visually appealing arranged in a circle on the back. The 64-megapixel main lens is supported by a wide-angle lens with only five megapixels of resolution, a macro and a lens for depth of field. Pictures in daylight still look neat, if a little pale, but in less light they become blurred too quickly, despite night mode. The digital zoom is not very powerful, but the videos that can be recorded in Full HD are quite good in terms of stability and colors. The 32-megapixel front camera, which is housed in a drop notch, on the other hand, offers above-average performance in good lighting conditions.

(c) Telecom Trade

* Boris Boden leads the test editorial team for the magazines Telecom Handel and com!, he is also deputy editor-in-chief of Telecom Handel. He has been dealing with mobile phones, smartphones and tablets for many years. No device is safe from his urge to try technical toys.

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