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Nokia XR20 is a rugged brick priced at $550

Nokia XR20 is a rugged brick priced at $550

by Vyncent ChanJuly 27, 2021
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No, it doesn’t come bricked from the box. The Nokia XR20 is the phone for those who like to make memes about how if you drop a Nokia on the ground, the earth shatters. Or maybe for those who are really clumsy. The Nokia XR20 meets the military-grade MIL-STD 810H standards and is also IP68-rated.

Nokia XR20 design

But that’s about where the excitement ends. The rest of the device is extremely mediocre, especially when you consider its $550 (~RM2328) price tag. You can easily get a much better device that’s also IP68-rated with that kind of money, but of course it isn’t a Nokia, and it won’t be MIL-STD 810H-rated, promising to survive drops from up to 1.8m high. To be able to be this tough, Nokia forgoes the usual premium metal and glass, and instead encased the Nokia XR20 in durable plastic, with Gorilla Glass Victus covering the front.

You get a Snapdragon 480 under the hood mated to up to 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. You can throw in a microSD card too, which is an increasingly rare feature nowadays. To help you fill up the storage is a 48MP main camera and a 13MP ultra-wide shooter, along with an 8MP selfie camera. While these specifications are pretty boring, it does come with 15W wireless charging and also stereo speakers, features which aren’t usually available with these sort of specifications.

Nokia XR20 Specs

  • Snapdragon 480, octa-core up to 2.0GHz, 8nm
  • Up to 6GB RAM
  • Up to 128GB storage, expandable via microSD
  • 6.67″ FHD+ display, GG Victus
  • 48MP f/1.79 + 13MP f/2.4 ultra-wide
  • 8MP f/2.0 selfie camera
  • 4630mAh battery, 18W fast charging, 15W wireless charging
  • 6GB+128GB: $550 (~RM2328)

Nokia XR20 camera

The Nokia XR20 comes with a promise for 4 years of updates, which is excellent. I guess it really depends if you want an enduring device, both in terms of hardware and software, or one that is really worth your money. Availability in Malaysia is currently unknown.


Pokdepinion: A phone that is supposed to get four years of updates, but doesn’t come with a user-replaceable battery? Just why?

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Vyncent Chan
Technology enthusiast, casual gamer, pharmacy graduate. Strongly opposes proprietary standards and always on the look out for incredible bang-for-buck.

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