HMD announced several smartphones yesterday, the most interesting being the Nokia X20, a ($415) €349 device aimed at wide distribution. The HMD line represents a new model number scheme for the “Nokia X” company, which previously used decimal numbers such as “6.1.” Nokia X models phase out when Microsoft first started selling Android phones (not the second time Microsoft began to selling Android phones).
The main feature of the X20 is the new Snapdragon 480 SoC from Qualcomm, which was announced back in January. The Snapdragon 480 is an 8 nm chip with six 1.8 GHz Cortex A55CPUs and two 2GHz arm Cortex A76 CPUs. Qualcomm’s first low-end SoC that supports 5G if it’s helpful to you, and there’s an option (although Nokia didn’t use it on the X20) for the mmWave antennas. More importantly, Qualcomm says the CPU and GPU should be double that of the old Snapdragon 460.
Today’s big news is that Nokia is now extending support for three years, with three years of major OS updates and three monthly security updates. Previously, the company was in the midst of a major update two years ago. It seems like everyone – even lame-duck makers like LG – has been increasing their Android support recently.
Other specs include a 6.67-inch LCD, 2400×1080, 128 GB storage, 6 GB RAM, 4470 mAh battery, and Android 11. You get a side fingerprint sensor, NFC, headphone jack, microSD slot, and dual-band Wi-Fi support up to 802.11ac. There are many rear cameras, 64 MP primary camera, 5 MP Ultra Wide, 2 MP depth camera, and 2 MP macro camera. On the head, you get a 32MP (megapixel) camera in a circular cutout.
Nokia also has a cheaper variant of the X20 called the X10. It has the same design and mostly identical specs, except that you can upgrade to 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage. A cheaper 48MP main sensor has replaced the primary rear camera, and the front uses an 8MP sensor. They will start at €309, or $367.
There is no word till on a US release, but Nokia HMD’s phones with Qualcomm SOC’s usually end up in the US. The X10 and X20 will be in Europe starting May.