Nokia G20 (Review): Android One at an Amazing Price And The Most Basic Budget Smartphone

Powered by Android 11, Nokia’s G20 smartphone can remain charged for 3 days on one charge. Built for everyday use and offers a high level of build quality, this smartphone sports a subtle yet practical design. I found it disappointing after using it for a week, making it hard to recommend.

Price and variants

The Nokia G20 has just one configuration: 64GB of storage and 4GB of RAM. A microSD card (up to 512GB) along with two Nano-SIMs can be used. These days, a basic smartphone is not outrageously expensive, but it is overpriced. The device costs Rs. 12,999 in India.

Nokia G20 Design

Despite being built from plastic, the Nokia G20 looks and feels high-quality. At this price point, most competitors at this price point have smaller hole-punch cameras, so the 6.5-inch display feels dated. Battery life on the G20 lasts for two days, despite its 197g weight and 9.2mm thickness.

 

Nokia G20

With the Nokia G20, the camera module is also circular, just like the Nokia 5.4, and the fingerprint reader resides on the right side rather than at the bottom of the device. On the left, there’s a Google Assistant key, and above that, a SIM tray. A single speaker, a Type-C USB charging port, and a microphone can be found on the bottom of the phone, while a headphone jack and a second microphone are located on the top of the device.

Software and Specs

With an integrated IMG PowerVR GE8320 GPU and an eight-core MediaTek G35 processor, the Nokia G20 runs at 2.3GHz with four Cortex-A53 cores.  

If you’re looking for one of the better budget smartphones with little bloatware, then the Nokia G20 will not disappoint. A 6.5-inch LCD panel has a resolution of HD+ and a 60Hz refresh rate. 

Wi-Fi is only available at 2.4GHz (no dual-band), but Bluetooth 5 is included, and satellite navigation via GLONASS and Beidou. It was announced that HMD Global would offer a two-year subscription of software updates with the G20.

In addition to a wired charger of 10 Watts, Nokia includes a battery constructed of 5,050mAh in its box.

Performance and Battery

On the Nokia G20, the screen’s 6.5-inch HD+ resolution provides adequate brightness indoors, but it is a little dim in bright sunlight. The shutter button lags when changing modes, and after I tapped the shutter button, I had to wait a few seconds before taking another picture. Even with the lowest 3D settings possible, the phone still gets warm. 

Nokia G20 Display

Generally speaking, the hardware struggles to keep up with today’s apps and use case scenarios. The Nokia G20 is capable of lasting for two days in full charge.

Charge time for the bundled 10W charger was approximately 30 minutes and 37 minutes for the battery of 5,050mAh. I charged fully in three hours and five minutes. Battery life was 16 hours and 44 minutes in our loop video battery test, which is on par with a smartphone.

Camera

Specifically, the Nokia G20 offers four cameras: a primary 48-megapixel camera, a wide-angle 5-megapixel camera, a macro 2-megapixel lens, and a depth sensor 2-megapixel. A camera with 8-megapixels is used for selfies. Nokia’s camera app interface is typical, with quick access to essential controls in Photo mode. Video mode lacked quick access to the resolution settings – this option is buried about five taps away.

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The primary camera took dull photos in daylight, but they were detailed and had good dynamic range. There was a great deal of purple fringing in some bright areas of the images taken with the wide-angle camera in daylight. 

In portrait mode, self-portraits are sharp but overexposed, and the edge detection is below average. A rear-facing lens provided much better definition and saturation, although the portraits might have appeared slightly oversharpened. The rear camera was much better at detecting edges.

Under the dim light, quality plummeted, with some murky details and a lot of noise. In addition, the macro camera does not have a Night mode, so nighttime photos cannot be used. Portraits and selfies taken with the front-facing camera at night came out dull and colorless.

Video

With the Ozo, you can record up to 30 frames per second of video. 1080p 30fps video recording is the top resolution, but video recorded in daylight was shaky and unstable. Even when standing still, the video appears very shaky, even in low light. Despite poor video quality, Ozo’s spatial audio recording feature delivered immersive audio.

Nokia G20 Review
Verdict
It is an entry-level smartphone at a budget price. The UI struggles to keep up with daily tasks due to the lack of hardware. Even though the battery can last for two days, it takes over three hours to charge up to that 5,050mAh battery. The display quality of the HD+ model is also nowhere near what is offered by its competitors. The camera performs about okay during the daytime, and the same applies to video quality.
Design
80
Display
60
Performance
60
Battery
95
Software
75
Camera
60
Value For Money
70
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Pros
Android updates guaranteed
Looks premium
Very little bloatware
Plenty of battery life
Cons
The UI is slow.
Display is below average.
Charging takes a long time.
Cameras that are weak.
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