Nokia XR20 – built to take it

Nokia XR20

The new Nokia XR20 is a phone that focuses on life’s rough and tumble.

It also meets MIL-STD-810H – something to look for if you want a ruggedised device. MIL-STD is just an acronym for US military standards for a device that meets some or all of the mechanical shock, vibration, temperature, low pressure (altitude), humidity, fungus, salt fog, and explosive atmosphere certifications. Nokia states that it meets two tests – 1.8M drop protection and IP68, 1.5M water submersion for up to 1 hour.

Part of Nokia’s appeal is pure Android 11, three years of OS upgrades and four years of monthly security updates.

HMD Global’s research found that nearly three-quarters of Australians would keep their phone for longer if their device was maintained over time. Our newly refreshed X-Series provides people with products that they can love, trust and keep for longer. The Nokia XR20 is truly life-proof. 

James Robinson, ANZ Country Manager, HMD Global

Here is what we know about the Nokia XR20

International websitehere
PriceFrom $879 in Ultra Blue and Granite
FromJB Hi-Fi, Officeworks, Harvey Norman, Big W, Good Guys and Nokia Online
Warranty3-years and one free screen replacement
Screen6.67” 2400×1080, LCD
Processor/etcQualcomm SD 480 5G and 4/64 and 6/128 with microSD to 512GB
CommsWi-Fi AC (AX ready), BT 5.1, GPS, NFC, USB-C 3.0 (5Gbps)
CameraRear: 48+13MP and Front: 8MP Zeiss optics
Battery4630mAh 18W charger, Qi 15W
Size171.64 x 81.5 x 10.64mm x 248g
PhoneHybrid slot
4G: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 20, 28, 32, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 66
5G n1, n2, n3, n5, n7, n28, n41, n66, n77/n78 (sub-6Ghz and low-band)
SoundStereo speakers, dual mics OZO spatial recording, 3.5mm combo audio
OtherMore GadgetGuy Nokia news and reviews here

GadgetGuy’s take

While it uses one of the lower-powered Qualcomm 5G chipsets (fit for purpose), its other specs are pretty respectable. We particularly like the Android upgrade commitment and the three-year warranty.

We will be reviewing the new X-series over the coming month. Interestingly the X20 and X10 also use the SD480 and 6.67” display.