The Nokia G20 costs around N88,000 in Nigeria and prides itself on as a budget smartphone with a relatively solid design. It offers a long-lasting battery, up to 3 days, and runs on Android 11 software. Nokia also offers up to 2 years of software and security updates. Do well to read through this article on the Nokia G20 review
The G20 is available in dark blue (polar night) and light green (glacier), the frame and the back panel are made of plastic. The back panel has a polycarbonate finish with a fine texture that makes the phone easier to grip.
Although the phone is made of plastic, it gives off a premium feel rather than the cheap feel because of its design. The phone is also a fingerprint magnet, though it’s only noticeable under direct lighting.
It weighs 197g and is 9.2mm thick. You’ll see a circular camera at the back, and the fingerprint reader can be found on the right side. On the left, there’s a Google Assistant key and the SIM tray.
It measures 6.49 x 2.49 x 0.36 inches and weighs 6.9 ounces, the phone’s weight can be attributed to the large battery and the big 6.5-inch display size. There’s also a mic and 3.5mm headphone jack on the phone’s top, the volume buttons, and a power button on the right. There are audio ports, a USB type C charging port, and another mic on the bottom.
The display of the G20 is pretty much average or uninteresting but that is to be expected given the price of the phone. It is a 6.52-inch LCD size, not OLED as it would be unreasonable to expect OLED for the price, it has 2.5D glass, a 20:9 aspect ratio, and a 1600×720 resolution.
It has a mere 60Hz refresh rate and the screen does not get bright in sunny outdoor conditions. The color contrast is quite reasonable; however, the disappointing fact is that the Nokia G20 display does not have a Full HD resolution; it comes with 720p and HD+.
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The display is fair in all honesty; it retains vivid and accurate colors. The Nokia G20 can handle streaming movies and gaming in 720p although it might be a little overwhelming for its processor.
Software and Performance
Nokia G20 is powered by MediaTek G35, runs Android 11, and is backed by 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. It does not support 5GHz wi-fi. At most, performance is average as the phone is not a powerhouse considering its specs and price.
There’s a bit of lagging when multi-tasking, however, navigating through the interface is smooth most of the time, browsing the net and social media also goes smoothly. Heavy gaming is problematic for this device while less demanding games perform well.
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Streaming videos on Netflix and other streaming apps happen mostly on SD quality as that is what is supported, which is disappointing as SD is not as clear as HD quality. The phone tends to heat up while running 3D games or heavy games. With the Nokia G20, streaming and gaming do not offer a good experience.
The Nokia G20 has a quad-camera setup: a 48MP main camera, 5MP ultra-wide-angle camera, 2MP macro camera, and a 2MP depth sensor. It also has an 8-megapixel selfie camera. The main camera takes balanced shots in good lighting while the night mode shots are quite bad.
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The Ultrawide and macro cameras take very average pictures. The pictures come out a bit blurry even in the daylight. The 8Mp selfie camera takes relatively fine shots but it is still low quality. Videos are recorded at 1080p at 30fps from the main camera.
Packed with a 5050mAh battery, the Nokia G20 battery capacity can be said to be much larger than an average smartphone. The huge battery capacity is where the true strength of the G20 lies. The phone lasts about 1 day of light to moderate usage and about 11 hours with really heavy usage. Sadly the G20 however does not come with a charging adapter in the box.
Nokia G20 Full Specifications
|Technology||GSM / HSPA / LTE|
|Announced||2021, April 08|
|Released||2021, May 17|
|Dimensions||164.9 x 76 x 9.2 mm (6.49 x 2.99 x 0.36 in)|
|Weight||197 g (6.95 oz)|
|Single||SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)|
|Size||6.52 inches, 102.6 cm2 (~81.9% screen-to-body ratio)|
|Resolution||720 x 1600 pixels, 20:9 ratio (~269 ppi density)|
|Chipset||MediaTek MT6765G Helio G35 (12 nm)|
|CPU||Octa-core (4×2.3 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A53)|
|Card slot||microSDXC (dedicated slot)|
|Internal||64GB 4GB RAM, 128GB 4GB RAM|
|Quad||48 MP, f/1.8, (wide), PDAF|
|5 MP, (ultrawide)|
|2 MP, (macro)|
|2 MP, (depth)|
|Features||LED flash, HDR, panorama|
|Single||8 MP, (wide)|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, hotspot|
|Bluetooth||5.0, A2DP, LE|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS|
|NFC||Yes (market/region dependent)|
|USB||USB Type-C 2.0, USB On-The-Go|
|Sensors||Fingerprint (side-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity|
|Type||Li-Po 5050 mAh, non-removable|
|Price||$?193.77 / N88,000|