The Nokia X20 from HMD is designed to last for a true three years


HMD today announced six new mid-range devices, led by the Nokia X20, a mid-range device starting at € 349 / £ 299.99 (about $ 415). It will be released in “select markets worldwide” such as the UK starting next month, but we are still waiting for HMD to confirm exact US pricing and availability. I’ve been running the phone almost with the latest software for the past week which was enough to get a rough first impression of the device.

To be honest, the Nokia X20 is not the most exciting device. But HMD’s promises of ongoing software and hardware support for the phone make it appealing.

The Nokia X20 is specified as a device that will be expected at this price. It is powered by a modest Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 processor paired with 6 or 8 GB of RAM (my device has 6 GB), 128 GB of expandable storage and a 4470 mAh battery. It has a 6.67-inch, 1080p 60Hz display with a small cutout and four rear cameras, including an ultra-wide, macro and depth sensor.

On the right side of the device is a fingerprint sensor on the side.

The company says it will provide three years of monthly security updates for the X20 after launch, three years of OS updates, and to ensure the hardware doesn’t give up the mind before software support ends, it also extends the normal manufacturer’s warranty. with an extra year. “In most places,” said a company spokesman, “it will be extended to three years.” If everything goes according to plan, the Nokia X20 should still be under warranty when it receives the Android 14 update.

In the past, however, HMD has generally been good at updating its phones over time Computer world‘s Android 11 upgrade tracker reports that it has been slower lately. Recently, HMD has been Nokia 8.1 and Nokia 3.2released in 2018 and 2019 to Android 11 as part of an upgrade roadmap with more than a dozen of its devices

Three years of security updates is a little less than the four years Samsung recently said it offers for its Galaxy devices, but Samsung’s warranty varies between one and two years, depending on whether you already have U.S or UKApple recently updated its 2015 iPhone 6S to iOS 14 (five years after release), but the standard limited warranty also typically only covers new phones for one to two years.

In addition to aiming for three years of use, HMD has also made a number of other decisions with the Nokia X20 in the name of being environmentally friendly. First, it joins Apple and others in the EU by not including a power brick in the box, just a USB-C cable. What you To do Get in the box is a 100 percent compostable phone case. It’s a fun idea to make a suitcase that won’t end up in a landfill, but the accessory itself is frustrating to use. The portion of the case that covers the phone’s volume rocker just isn’t flexible enough, making it hard to press the side of the button I wanted.

There are four cameras on the back of the phone.

The X20’s compostable housing can get in the way.

The speed and performance of the phone was generally fine but I saw the occasional hiccup in fast switching between apps that made me wonder how this phone performs after three years of OS updates. Otherwise, I had no performance issues in daily use. The X20 supports Sub-6GHz 5G, which doesn’t matter much now, but could be in three years.

Below is a selection of photo samples, but in my time with the phone, I was impressed with the Nokia X20’s camera performance. The phone has a total of four rear cameras: a 64-megapixel main camera, a 5-megapixel ultra-wide, a 2-megapixel depth sensor and a 2-megapixel macro.

Daylight performance is generally fine, but when things are less lit you quickly lose detail and definition. Neither the ultra-wide camera nor the macro camera has the resolution to take decent photos, and the 2 megapixel macro camera in particular is a pointless and puzzling addition.

HMD’s Nokia X20 can’t make big claims of being a flagship hit, but HMD’s modest price tag and promises of ongoing support could make it a secure, reliable smartphone if that’s what you’re looking for.

Photography by Jon Porter / The Verge