Nokia had not meddled in the rugged mobile market for a long, long time. It is not that this new Nokia XR 20 is an off-road terminal like the one that comes to mind, but it does have the firm intention of being a phone that remains in the power of users for a long time.
Be it extreme temperatures, 1.8m drops, withstand 1 hour underwater or any other torture you can think of, the brand’s new phone is prepared to withstand this and much more, while maintaining an elegant and timeless design. To this must be added noteworthy features such as the premiere of a next-generation 5G processor and interesting bonuses such as up to 3 years of operating system updates and 4 years of monthly security updates, and up to a year of free screen replacement!
A mobile made to last
This is a fairly heavy phone, no one hides it and this is the fault of that bomb-proof design. It has a thickness of just over 10 cm and despite the fact that its screen is not excessively large, it weighs a quarter of a kilo.
In terms of design, it features a rough design on the back, which meets the military standard MIL-STD-810H, where a square module for its double camera is housed. In front of the screen, with Corning Gorilla Glass Victus protection, one of the most resistant glasses that exists, it has a perforation in the upper part for the front camera.
The display is strong enough to withstand drops and scratches, bumps and any type of accident. In addition, the brand promises that it is sensitive enough to react to the touch of wet hands and gloves. And if it breaks, we can always replace it during its first year of life.
We are talking about a panel that is within expectations, neither very bad nor very good, with IPS technology (with lower color quality but greater viewing angle), a size of more than 6.6 inches and full HD + resolution. The use of the hole in the upper part affects the development of a 20: 0 aspect ratio to which mobile apps adapt without problems.
Although the mobile is 5G, it does not have a high-end processor. The brand has chosen to house within the Nokia XR 20 a Snapdragon 480 processor that has an X51 modem compatible with 5G SA and NSA networks below 6 GHz and has been developed under the 8 nm format. It allows you to connect to the new communications standard but you miss a performance bonus that, over the years, can be a headache. It is accompanied by an Adreno 619 GPU sufficient to run almost all Android games and apps without problems.
The smartphone is sold with 4 or 6 GB of LPDDR4 RAM and storage options of 64 or 128 GB. To this we have to add the presence of a MicroSD card slot of up to 512 GB that saves us possible space problems on the phone.
The dual camera setup , again from ZEISS, the Nokia XR20 features a 48 MP sensor, a 13 MP ultra-wide sensor and a dedicated flash to capture every last detail, whatever the lighting. It really does not give us many possibilities but at least we can enjoy captures with a wide angle of vision thanks to the wide angle that the phone boasts, perfect for landscapes, architecture or group photos.
Add to that the new SpeedWarp mode with super stabilization that allows you to advance to key moments in the recording, and OZO spatial audio capture with wind noise cancellation ensures that you only record the sounds that matter to you.
In front is an 8 MP lens that also allows you to record 1080p videos at 30 fps. This is the same recording quality that we can run with the main camera on the back case.
Nokia assures that its smartphone offers autonomy of more than 24 hours although it does not offer specific data on under what conditions. What is appreciated is that the possibility of 15W wireless charging is added, somewhat slower than the 18W cable charging.
With these specs, hopefully we can fully charge the phone, with a 4630 mAh cell, in just under 3 hours.
Many good things and some bad
Being able to use a smartphone until 2025 is something that we can hardly imagine today. With its 4-year update policy, its 36-month warranty, and the possibility of replacing the display during the first year of use, we have a mobile that will last us a long time.
To this we have to add interesting pluses such as high quality audio thanks to OZO Playback technology to enjoy every detail through the powerful stereo speakers. This way you can immerse yourself in your music and isolate yourself from the outside world even if you are practicing sports, thanks to the resistance of the phone.
There are also a number of extras, such as Spotify installed by default or the possibility of enjoying a free 30-day trial of ExpressVPN, exclusively for Nokia phones, which add value to the phone.
Unfortunately, it seems that the brand has focused too much on the durability of the phone but this means that you have to wait with a processor and a camera that is well behind what is expected in a mobile of almost 600 euros. To this add that it does not work with a “pure” version of Google’s operating system, but with Android One, a system designed for mobiles under 300 euros with limited specifications. In addition, its 4630 mAh battery is not so large as to justify the weight of the terminal.
Of course, at least we can connect to 5G networks without major problem.
Price and purchase options
Backed by an attractive “4-3-3-1” promise, the Nokia XR 20 comes with four years of monthly security updates, three years of operating system updates, and a three-year extended warranty. If something unexpected happens, you also get a one-year free screen replacement.
You can buy it in Forest color, that is, green, or Snow color (white) starting at 569 euros from August 3, 2021.