Nokia X20 Review: should you buy this phone in 2021? Is 5G enough to make you forget other crazy specs that should have come with the phone? What could HMD have done to make this device competitive? Finally, should you buy or Bye? You’ll find answers to the above questions via this review. Let’s get started!


  • 6.67″ IPS LCD display
   • 1080 x 2400 resolution

Nokia X20 has a large display with a FHD+ screen resolution. However, it lacks the juice that could have made it stand out. It has an average brightness of 450 nits. In a time when you can spend less to get Redmi Note 10 Pro with 1200 nits peak brightness.

Also, it lacks any fancy stuff like a high refresh rate (90Hz /120 Hz not available). In 2021, we expect any smartphone of this price range to feature at least a 90 Hz refresh rate. Simply put, the display is unimpressive.

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  • Android 11
    • 3 years Software update

During the Nokia X20 review, I came to realised that, it seems Nokia X20 only selling point is the software update. As HMD has pledged full support for three years major OS update– this means three years of Android and security updates.

Now, that’s a very good one by HMD. Software update is important as every other feature of a smartphone. But just that alone is not enough. Why? Because other brands out there offer years of Software update too.

Chipset | Performance | 5G

  • Snapdragon 480
    • Adreno 619
    • 5G
    • 6/8 GB RAM
    • 128 GB storage

Nokia X20 is 5G enabled. At this time when the next-gen network is fast growing globally, a 5G device is cool to have depending on your location anyway. The Adreno 619 GPU is cool. But not fantastic.

The Snapdragon 480 chip was actually made for entry level devices. And such devices are supposed to be affordable. Sadly, that is not the case with the Nokia X20.

There is a spacious memory, 6/128GB and 8/128GB. Nokia X20 can equip microSD cards up to 512GB (but note that it’s a hybrid dual-SIM slot).


• 64 MP main camera
    • 5 MP ultrawide camera
    • 2 MP macro
    • 2 MP depth
    • 32 MP selfie camera

Camera is another selling point of the Nokia X20. The 64MP primary lens takes brilliant and warm picture. Simply the main highlight of this camera setup. However, the 5MP ultrawide is soft and dull (nothing spectacular in terms of quality) But has cool feature.

For example, the Dual Sight feature enables you to snap photos and record videos using two cameras simultaneously. While the 32MP selfie camera is another high mark of the Nokia X20 device.

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Nokia X20 Review: Battery

Nokia X20 use 4,470 mAh battery, which can easily sustain you for two days. For charging it supports 18W fast charge.

Nokia X20 Price

Nokia X20 price is $412 (~₦135,000) for the 6GB RAM + 128GB storage. It will be available in May for general purchase. For now only review units are sent for reviews by HMD.

Nokia X20 Review: Verdict/Conclusion

The price of the smartphone is over expensive for the specs you are getting. While 5G is cool, while 3 years of Android software update is awesome. But overall, you can get something better at that price range from Xiaomi and Samsung.

Will you even buy a smartphone in 2021 without 90 Hz refresh rate or 120 Hz refresh rate? Nokia is a 2021 weirdo.

One Comment

  1. From my point of view a 90 Hz ir 120 Hz refresh rate is useless (when i buy a new smartphone i don’t pay attention to the screen refresh rate). Having said that, this smartphone is really expensive at the moment. I guess that in a few months It will be much cheaper ( maybe around 250€ /275$), and then It will be an interesting option.

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