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The new Nokia XR20 is a modern smartphone that might look a bit old school in some ways, and it’s all the better for it. You know when you accidentally drop your phone and make efforts to save it? Well, Luckily for you, the Nokia XR20 is kind of phone that will survive accidental drops. Information Guide Nigeria

According to Nokiamob.com, Nokia XR20 can survive drops of up to 1.8 meters. Nokia XR20 has military-grade protection against damage, IP68 water, and dust resistance, and can even survive in extreme temperatures.

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All of this naturally reflects on the design, which looks like nothing else you’ve seen recently. The XR20 is built like a tank. It also feels very substantial in the hand. It uses an aluminum frame mixed with a polymer back cover to resist damage. Which btw won’t lose its color even when scratched. Its frame extends ever so slightly over the display to protect the most vulnerable part, the glass screen.

Not that they didn’t try making it tough, as they’ve used Gorilla Glass Victus. But glass is glass, and luckily in many markets, you can get the screen replaced for free within the first year of purchase if you somehow shatter it. Even the camera has an oversized ring around it to protect it. Yet somehow despite all of that, the phone still manages to look good to me in a quirky way. The design team deserves a lot of credit for this. Just look at other rugged smartphones for comparison.


The hardware also has two cool additions, a red reprogrammable emergency key at the top, and a lanyard hole at the bottom. Both really useful, unlike the non-reprogrammable google assistant button on the left, which is nicely designed but can only be disabled. The power button with an integrated fingerprint scanner. It’s not very clicky, and even though the fingerprint scanner works reliably, it’s a bit too twitchy. Sometimes when trying to switch off the display, it will switch back on because it has already scanned your finger again!

The haptic feedback on the XR20 is superb btw, and the device includes an SD card slot and a 3.5mm headphone jack too. All in all the device just feels quality.

Nokiamob.com reports that the XR20 is a very large phone. It also weighs 248, making it also one of the heaviest phones around. You do get used to the size and heft quickly, but if you want a compact slim device, this isn’t it at all.

Display and Multimedia

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you get a run-of-the-mill 6.67″ 1080p IPS LCD panel. It’s adequate for an LCD in terms of viewing angles, saturation, and watching content, but with no fancy tricks except one, it can actually work with gloves. Even the refresh rate is still at 60Hz, so scrolling doesn’t feel as smooth as many competitors. Jamb Result

According to Nokiamob.com, outdoors, it can go up to 500nits, so it’s perfectly usable under the sun, although the contrast suffers a bit. For multimedia consumption, you’ll be pleased to know the XR20 has dual speakers that can get ridiculously loud. Naturally, at max volume, the quality suffers a bit, but even at 80% volume, this is still louder than most phones while keeping the audio quality decent. Other people in public will really appreciate hearing your WhatsApp videos assault their ears, just choose your WhatsApp friends carefully.

Software and Performance

The XR20 is running on stock Android 11, as a part of the Android One program. Nokia promises 3 years of OS updates, and 4 years of security updates, so you should be good to keep this phone for a long period of time. Stock android is pretty lightweight and the SD480 chipset coupled with 6 gigs of RAM on my unit provides a snappy and fairly smooth experience.

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For most people, you will be fine, but the performance isn’t flawless and compared to a more mainstream device, you’re taking a hit on overall firepower which is notable in certain areas like gaming at maximum graphics in heavy games like Genchin Impact, or the extra second or 2 the phone takes to process HDR images from the camera. Not to say you can’t play games on it. COD and PUBG both run smoothly at high graphical settings. No, it wasn’t the phone making you lose, it’s your mediocre skills.

According to Nokiamob.com, although the XR20 lacks in high-end performance, it makes up for in battery life. 4630mAh may not sound like much, but coupled with stock android and a power-efficient chipset, and this thing cannot be killed in a single day.

Nokiamob.com reports that full charge takes just over 2 hours, at a rate of about 12% charge every 10 minutes till the 90% mark. One of my favorite aspects though is that the phone also supports wireless charging at up to 15watts, a feature I wasn’t expecting but I’m glad it’s present.


The XR20 has a dual-camera setup on the back, a 48mp main shooter, and a 13mp ultra-wide camera, both with Zeiss optics. I know 2 cameras sound too little these days but there are no silly sensors just for the sake of adding to the count. The main shooter is capable of capturing excellent images in daylight, with good dynamic range and nicely saturated colors. Captured details might not be class-leading but you’ll be satisfied with what you can get out of the main camera.

According to Nokiamob.com, in good light, the ultra-wide camera is decent too, though still lacks sharpness, a common issue amongst midrangers. In lowlight, assuming you’re not shooting in total darkness, you’ll be impressed with what the main shooter is capable of. It almost always exceeded my expectations, even in tough shots.

Having said that, even if the image appears bright and nice on the screen, details naturally suffer when you start pixel peeping. And the camera also suffers from very notable lens flair. I also wasn’t very happy with the white balance in low light, which is a bit too sensitive and prefers to go warm even when I don’t want it to. Having said that, the night mode on the XR20 is by far the most impressive implementation I’ve seen so far from Nokia mobile. It’s working with a mediocre sensor here, but if applied to something fancier, this has huge potential. The 8-megapixel front-facing camera is doing the absolute minimum. Don’t expect much.

A very unique aspect of the XR20 is that it carries 3 LED flashes on the back. A dual-LED and a single unit. You can fully control how many of them you want on for a super bright, and I mean blindingly bright torchlight if you want to. A really cool feature to help fend off serial killers if you’re camping alone at night in the middle of nowhere.


Video recording, you’re sadly limited to 1080p at 60 frames per second. No 4k here. Quality is average, but stabilization is decent. You also get plenty of features, like cinema mode for advanced video controls, action cam for super steady footage, and speed warp which is like hyperlapse that you can control when to slow down or speed up. Cool stuff. For audio, the phone utilizes 2 microphones for better sound capturing and reducing wind noise, which Nokia mobile calls OZO audio, and they work well enough.

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Idongesit Akpa-Ayang

Idongesit is a graduate of Communication Arts, University of Uyo. Currently working as a news reporter at InfoGuide Nigeria.

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