Nokia T20 Review – Affordable but Enduring Tablet

Along with smartphones, the demand for good tablets is slowly increasing and that’s why various companies are interested in making tablets these days. Similarly HMD Global launches their first budget-friendly tablet Nokia T20 on November 2nd. It’s a value for money product and mainly targets the masses who want an affordable device for their day-to-day work.

When we think about mobile phones in our childhood days, we could easily remember one household name that spreads everywhere. Yes, that’s right Nokia was the Lord of the Rings. Even in the early twentieth century, Nokia brought their groundbreaking multimedia handset that is still fresh in our memory.

Everything changes today and there is a whole story behind it, we don’t get to that rather than in this post we focus on the new tablet Nokia T20 with its good and bad and try to find out is there any sense to buy this new Tablet or its just device using the famous name.

The Nokia T20 is an affordable tablet made by HMD Global and they have combined everything well to offer a good and clean device smart enough to handle almost everything.

A very practical design, good screen, adequate power in terms of RAM and processor, ok cameras for video calling, a huge all-day-long battery, and on top of that the clean and clear stock Android made T20 a perfect all-round Tablet great for professionals and students with their work from home schedules and online classes.

The new Nokia Android tablet is an affordable option for anyone who wants to do a lot of video calling and web browsing and binge-watch movies or shows. It has got a big display, stereo speakers, and a front camera to let you do all of that – for a price of Rs 15,499 in India ($249) for the entry model.

The Specifications:

Display
10.4 inch (26.42 cm) IPS LCD with  Brightness boost,
SGS Low blue light certification, Brightness: 400 nits max
Aspect ratio: 5:3,  Toughened glass
Pixel density 224 PPI 1200X2000 2K cell resolution
Dimensions 247.6 x 157.5 x 7.8 mm (9.75 x 6.20 x 0.31 in)
Weight 465 g (Wi-Fi), 470 g (LTE) (1.03 lb)
Build Glass front, aluminum back
Software Android 11 with two future upgrades
Rear Camera 8MP Autofocus with LED flash
Front camera 5-megapixel FF (GC5035, lens HX M0530 3P, 77°, f/2.4)
Video 1080p@30fps
Processor, GPU Unisoc t610 12nm Octa-core (2×1.8 GHz Cortex-A75 & 6×1.8 GHz Cortex-A55)
Storage 32GB/64GB with UFS 3.1
RAM 3GB/4GB RAM
Face Unlock Using the front camera
Battery Li-Po 8200 mAh  non-removable
Charging Fast charging 15W, with 10watt charger in the Box
Memory Expansion microSDXC (dedicated slot) supports up to 512GB
Headphone Jack Yes, 3.5 mm
Special features IP 52 rating, Stereo speakers, Widevine L3 support, FM radio
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Bluetooth 5.0,
Location A-GPS  LTE model only
Price (INDIA) ₹15499 ($208)for 3GB/32 GB model and ₹18499 ($249) for 4GB/64GB

Design and Display of Nokia T20:

Slim metal body

The t20s construction is made out of sandblasted aluminum and it feels solid and nice in the hand and in terms of color the deep ocean is the only option here. The tablet is soft to touch, and the curved edges look premium.

The matte finish on the blue color looks nice but it catches the fingerprints pretty quickly so our suggestion is you should use the  Nokia T20 Rugged Flip Cover which Protects the device and act as a hands-free stand.

The weight is 465 to 470 grams depending upon the model you choose. Yes, the Wi-Fi version is lighter than the LTE-enabled model. The weight is evenly distributed neither too heavy nor too light and it’s only 7.8 millimeters thick it does look good for its class but nothing spectacular.

The dark blue aluminum is also a fingerprint magnet the tablet is IP52 rated so it has some very minimal protection against dust and splashes of water and the front glass is tough enough to resist small scratches.

The Nokia T20 is quite thin and easily slide into your bags, the power button is placed on the top and the volume rocker right next to it on the top of the right edge. This type of button placement works both in horizontal and landscape usage

HMD Global also minimizes bezels to maximize the screen size. The gesture navigation works beautifully on the Nokia T20, as we felt the experience is similar to what you get on Android smartphones.

The backside looks pretty clean as we have the single 8MP camera with flash at the top left and the Nokia branding. In terms of ports and sensors, there is a 3.5mm headphone jack on the right along with a USB connector, two speakers are placed on both sides.

Additionally, in the LTE model, you have a sim tray on the top along with two microphones. The tablet measure 247.6 x 157.5 x 7.8 mm (9.75 x 6.20 x 0.31 in) and the display protected by a scratch-resistant Glass.

LCD display with bezel

The front of the T20 has a 10.4-inch LCD with a 2k resolution and a 5×3 aspect ratio it can go up to 400 nits of max brightness and comes with low blue light certification good for your eyes. The screen has a 1200 x 2000 pixels resolution, 5:3 aspect ratio with a 224 PPI density.

The screen quality is good but the brightness is low but nothing bad here and considering the price range we don’t have any complain. It’s not suitable for creative tasks such as photo editing but we had no trouble watching movies and reading e-Books on the Nokia T20’s screen.

Although the Light sensor is not good and the automatic adjustment is not responsive enough, we face some issues when playing games in indoor lighting conditions. There is a 5MP selfie camera at the front bezel along with Hall and Light sensor.

The stereo speakers are adequate but not the loudest but you are still able to listen to different sound effects with no issues. You can use wired and wireless quality headphones for better outputs.

Performance and Battery Life:

Unisoc T610 processor

There is a big concern when you look at the processor name and it says UNISOC T610, maybe your first time heard about it. UNISOC is an integrated circuit design industry and many mid and low-end mobile phones are powered by their chips.

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Unisoc T610 is an octa-core 12nm processor that clocks up to 1.8GHz. The CPU consists of two high-performance A75 cores at 1.8GHz and six power-saving A55 cores at 1.8GHz. The GPU is the energy-efficient Mali G52, which can reach up to 614.4MHz.

On paper maybe you think the performance is slow but when you used the tablet you are amazed by its performance, we don’t see a huge difference between the Nokia T20 and other tablets running on a Snapdragon processor, which is quite impressive.

The day-to-day experience and performance of the device were a lot better than we expected, you have to consider that we have the 3GB RAM variant but still, most of the apps launch pretty quickly and the experience was generally speaking quite smooth, not mind-blowingly fast or super smooth but perfectly adequate.

We would imagine that the version with 4 gigs of ram would probably hold up slightly better and we sometimes complain about stock android is a bit too bare-bones but this is a perfect example of where it shines thanks to being lightweight and fairly efficient.

The Nokia T20 is even capable of playing games such as call of duty mobile and PUBG on medium graphical settings at an acceptable level and for an average consumer wouldn’t have any issues with the performance of this device.

We love connecting our XBOX controller to the T20 and utilizing Xcloud or even streaming directly from the console so we end up spending a lot of time playing my Xbox library games on this tablet.

And being realistic the tablet had enough power to carry all the casual stuff like plying Videos at HD on both youtube and Netflix, browsing the web, editing doc’s using the editor, taking some video conferencing calls, playing light games we never had any lag or pause in our time with the device.

The tablet is available in two configurations, one with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage and the other with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. The latter variant, which costs a little more than the base version, comes with 4G support. Both variants have a microSD card slot for memory expansion.

On the 32GB model, you only get 20.53 gigabytes of available storage so you will want to get an sd card for it if this is the version you want to go for.

Battery: 

One area where the T20 shines for a long time is the battery. We have a large 8200 mAh lithium polymer battery inside the tablet and honestly speaking we get a huge battery backup. After using the phone all day we tend to get 7-8 hours of screen on time which is quite impressive.

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Although HMD Global claims up to 7 hours of online meetings, 10 hours of movies, or 15 hours of surfing the web in real-life scenarios the battery backup is good and we think the battery will last slightly longer depending on the usage which varies from person to person.

But here are the negative part of the T20 although supports fast charging this tablet is best suited for charging
overnight even at 15 watts of charging it will take as long as 4 to 4:30 hours to full charge and the worse thing is you only get the 10-watt charger inside the box which takes even more time to fully charge the tablet.

Camera and Software of Nokia T20:

Rear Camera

Cameras on tablets are not used the way they are on smartphones. But still, you somehow find yourself clicking photos. If not that, the front camera is what you primarily bought the tablet for video calls. With the video-call business growing more than ever, tablets are undeniably important because they offer a bigger screen in a body that is usually lighter than a laptop.

Despite their not so attractive specifications on paper, we found the Nokia T20 cameras good enough than other tablets in this range. However, I am a bit surprised by HMD’s decision to pack an 8-megapixel camera on the back and a 5-megapixel front camera.

Usually, rear-facing cameras are less important in tablets because cameras are used more often for video calls but the 8MP camera here has autofocus and a LED flash and is also captures 1080p video at 30 FPS.

The front-facing 5MP camera is decent enough to capture good quality videos and the performance over zoom and teams are quite good, they’re also perfectly adequate at scanning documents.

This tablet is not going to give you awesome images so don’t get overwhelmed by the camera here. But nothing worse the cameras are capable of capturing images are fine for casual works and for scanning or video calling purpose the camera done it’s part well.

Android inside:

Android 11

HMD Global is always known for using stock Android inside their smartphones and the same thing continues here. Android is not the most fluid operating system for tablets, and with the Nokia T20, you are getting Android 11 with no customized touch added to improve the user experience.

When first time you power on the device you may find an update and here HMD Global promises you two major Android upgrade guarantees for the Nokia T20 and three years of patch and Security updates as well.

Additionally, you get the Google Kids space with some specific apps for the kids and a desktop mode where the T20 acts like a chrome book. The Kids mode gives you a lot of parental control over what they have access to you can also use youtube kids on this and it has a low blue light certified display so it’s easy on their eyes.

Nokia T20 Rugged Flip Cover:

Nokia Rugged Flip Cover

If you’re planning to hand over the tablet to your kids or Childers be assured that you must use a cover to protect the device. Although the build quality is very solid and there is some scratch-resistant Glass at the front but we highly recommend you to use a Rugged Flip cover.

The Nokia Rugged Flip Cover features rugged bumpers for increased drop and scratch protection. The easy-grip materials offer enhanced handling and its premium soft-touch felt liner keeps your device looking good for longer.

The detachable flip cover adds a sleek layer of protection to your screen when closed. With the sleep and wake functions, your device will save power when the cover is closed and will wake when opened. Effortlessly switch it to a hands-free stand for viewing on the go.

Right now if you buy the Rugged Flip cover with Nokia T20 you get a 50% off and buy the cover at $29.99 which is a fair deal. Buy from nokia.com.

Other features:

  • The tablet comes with an IP52 rating means it can resist the occasional raindrops and dust, AER (android enterprise recommendation) certified, Google premier tier device.
  • There are a 3.5mm headphone jack and Bluetooth 5.0 support so you can easily plug in your favorite wired and wireless headphones.
  • The tablet supports Dual-band Wi-Fi and the connection speed is great and additionally, if you need all-time connectivity then go for the LTE version which supports 4G and also comes with A-GPS functionality.
  • You also get the Widevine L3 support means you can enjoy all the Netflix content in HD quality and an easy-to-use face unlock feature.

Purchase and Buying Options:

The Nokia T20 tablet comes in two different models, the regular Wifi enabled version comes with 3GB/32GB storage priced at ₹15,499.00 ($208) and the Wifi+4G variant comes with 4GB/64GB priced at ₹18,499.00 ($249). 

Nokia launches different variants for different countries so the storage and the LTE-based models are varied. Check description before buying.

You can buy the tablet directly from nokia.com/phones worldwide or you can buy from other top E-commerce websites like Amazon or Flipkart.

Should you Buy Nokia T20?

The Nokia T20 may be a budget tablet but it feels right for the price. After a long time, I have seen a device from HMD Global that performs the way it has been advertised.

The Nokia T20 is perfect for people who consume a lot of media like  Youtube, Netflix, Amazon Prime, etc. It works well if you want to use it for work and zoom and teams calls, research purposes, and it’s perfectly suited for educational purposes.

For children and Kids, it’s a great device for learning as well as entertainment and casual gaming, so if you’re looking for a tablet that can last you ages on a single charge and you spend a lot of time away from a charger then you can buy this one.

But if you’re looking for a tablet for content creation, heavy multitasking relies heavily on a stylus, love to play high-end graphics-intensive games, want to use a tablet for photography or artwork then we do not recommend this tablet. The iPad or Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus may be a good choice for you.

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  1. I did not know that they still make Nokia phones, let alone tablets. I am actually shocked. Tell me, is it really that good? Can it compete with other brands like Apple, Samsung, and Huawei? I will do more research and look into it, but it seems like a pretty interesting product.

    1. First of all, let me clarify one thing Nokia T20 tablet is an affordable one, not a top-end premium device. So considering its price the product is really good for day-to-day tasks like reading, research work, watching videos and movies, browsing, playing lightweight games, etc. But if you are looking for a tablet for content creation and love to use a stylus, want to play high-end games, take great photos then you should look for other premium brands.

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