Nokia XR20 is a rugged 5G phone with 4 years of updates

Ivan, 27 July 2021

The Nokia XR20 is here and it's what Nokia believes a no-compromises mobile should be - calling it life-proof. It's built to last both in hardware and in software.

Starting with the former - the Nokia XR20 has a ruggedized casing, which is MIL-STD810H-certified to withstand drops from 1.8 meters. Coupled with standard IP68 water and dust resistance and Gorilla Glass Victus on the front and the XR20 looks like a phone that won't require cases or screen protectors.

The Nokia XR20 The Nokia XR20
The Nokia XR20

Under that heavy-duty exterior is a capable smartphone with very few things missing. The 6.67-inch FHD+ IPS LCD that can light up to 550 nits and works even with wet fingers or gloves.

There's a Snapdragon 480 chipset with 6GB of RAM and 5G connectivity. There's a single configuration with 128GB of storage, which can be expanded through the microSD card slot.

On the back, the XR20 has only two cameras - a 48MP 1/2.25-inch f/1.8 main camera and a 13MP 1/3-inch f/2.4 ultrawide unit, each with its own LED flash. The selfie camera is an 8MP f/2.0 fixed-focus unit.

The Nokia XR20 is rugged, 5G and brings 3 years of OS and 4 years of security updates

The Nokia XR20 runs Android 11 and Nokia has committed to four years of monthly security updates and three years of major OS updates

Moving back to hardware, the Nokia XR20 has stereo speakers rated at up to 96dB with OZO playback technology for improved detail. A side-mounted capacitive fingerprint scanner covers biometrics. The XR20 has a top-placed custom button which you can set to any action or app you choose.

Finally the battery is an ample 4,630mAh unit that promises two days of endurance. It can be topped up by 18W of wired or 15W of wireless charging.

The Nokia XR20 is rugged, 5G and brings 3 years of OS and 4 years of security updates

The Nokia XR20 is coming in Ultra Blue or Granite Grey with a single 6/128GB configuration for $550. Sales begin August 24.


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