Nokia G20 Review: A Very Basic Budget Smartphone with Android One

Nokia G20 Review: A Very Basic Budget Smartphone with Android One

The Nokia G20 has a refined but sensible design, claims to supply a 3-day battery life, and runs on Android 11 software program that is as near inventory as attainable. On paper, it looks like an honest price range smartphone, with a concentrate on construct high quality and hassle-free on a regular basis efficiency. However, after utilizing it for per week, I found that it didn’t meet a few of my expectations, making it fairly laborious to advocate.

Nokia G20 value and variants

The Nokia G20 is obtainable in a single 4GB RAM and 64GB storage configuration, which is priced at Rs. 12,999 in India. It has a triple-slot tray and accepts two Nano-SIMs together with a microSD card (as much as 512GB). While the worth just isn’t unreasonable for a fundamental smartphone nowadays, take a fast look at what the competitors provides by way of specs and value-added options, and it is simple to conclude that the Nokia G20 is overpriced.

Nokia G20 design

The design of this cellphone is a mixture of what we have seen with the Nokia 2.4 (Review) and Nokia 5.4 (Review). It weighs 197g and is 9.2mm thick. The Nokia G20’s body and again panel are made from plastic, but it surely would not look or really feel low-cost. The again panel has a positive grooved texture, which makes it simple to grip this cellphone, and likewise provides it a premium really feel. My evaluate unit got here within the Night end, which is principally a darkish blue color with a lustrous purple shine that is seen at an angle.

You’ll see a round digital camera module on the again, like on the Nokia 5.4, however the G20 has a fingerprint reader situated on the best facet as a substitute of under the cameras. Above the fingerprint reader is the quantity rocker, which was a bit laborious to succeed in given how tall this cellphone is. There’s a Google Assistant key on the left facet, and above that’s the SIM tray. While voice instructions work effectively when the cellphone is unlocked, they can’t be triggered when the cellphone is locked. This is the place the devoted button turns out to be useful.


The Nokia G20’s plastic again panel seems and feels premium.

A single speaker, Type-C USB port, and mic are on the underside, whereas the headphone jack and secondary mic are on the highest.

The 6.5-inch show incorporates a notch on the prime, which appears a bit outdated now that many of the competitors at this value stage has moved on to smaller hole-punch cameras. There’s additionally a noticeable chin on the backside, with a Nokia emblem drawing consideration. The glass entrance panel doesn’t entice mud or choose up fingerprints simply.

Nokia G20 specs and software program

The Nokia G20 makes use of a MediaTek G35 processor with eight Cortex-A53 cores operating at a most frequency of two.3Ghz, and an built-in IMG PowerVR GE8320 GPU. There’s no dual-band Wi-Fi (solely 2.4GHz is supported), however you do get Bluetooth 5 and help for GPS/AGPS, GLONASS and Beidou navigation. There’s additionally an FM radio which requires you to plug in a pair of wired earphones to function.

Powering this cellphone is a 5,050mAh battery, and Nokia features a 10W wired charger within the field. The 6.5-inch LCD panel options an HD+ decision and normal 60Hz refresh price.

HMD Global is sticking with the Android One programme, and claims to supply two years of software program updates with the G20. The software program is near-stock, however with some minor customisations like the power to regulate the color steadiness of the show, and quite a few tweaks to the digital camera app. This is likely one of the higher price range smartphones in terms of bloatware – it got here with solely two preloaded apps: My Nokia and Netflix.

Nokia G20 efficiency and battery life

With such minor software program customisation, I anticipated the Nokia G20 to perform easily when dealing with every day duties, however this was not the case. I skilled noticeable stutters every so often, particularly when utilizing social apps that had movies showing of their feeds. Multitasking between current apps was not an issue, however they didn’t stay in reminiscence for lengthy. Overall, the {hardware} struggles to maintain up with current-day apps and use case situations, so you’ll discover that typically the cellphone takes an additional second to open a contemporary app (that is not in reminiscence). These are widespread complaints that you just normally hear about when utilizing entry-level smartphones.

In specific, utilizing the digital camera app was a bit of irritating. There’s minor lag when switching between digital camera modes, and I additionally needed to wait a number of seconds after tapping the shutter button earlier than I may take one other shot. When I tapped on the thumbnail to preview a photograph I had simply taken, I needed to watch for a second or two for the cellphone to course of and show it.

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The Nokia G20 has a 6.52-inch HD+ LCD show with a 60Hz refresh price.

The 6.5-inch HD+ show was brilliant sufficient indoors, however struggled in brilliant daylight. There was additionally a noticeable blue tint on my unit. Viewing angles had been respectable. At 226ppi, it was simple to identify jagged edges round icons and textual content. Most video streaming apps together with Netflix solely appeared to help SD high quality playback so video didn’t look sharp.


The utilization expertise was a bit under expectations, and benchmark checks additionally painted the same image with scores that had been effectively under common for this value stage. The Nokia G20 scored 1,13,751 factors in AnTuTu in comparison with the Realme Narzo 30’s 3,56,846. The similar additionally mirrored in Geekbench scores: the Nokia G20 managed 162 and 914 within the single and multi-core checks respectively, whereas the Narzo 30 managed 532 and 1,700 in the identical checks.

Gaming was not all that fulfilling on the Nokia G20. The cellphone will get heat regardless of operating most 3D video games on the lowest settings attainable. I seen horrible contact enter lag when enjoying Call of Duty: Mobile on the default Low graphics and Medium body price (with all different results turned off). There was additionally loads of lag throughout gameplay. Asphalt 9: Legends was playable on the Default graphics preset, but it surely did not look good, which made for a really lacklustre expertise. This cellphone is appropriate just for informal video games.

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The Nokia G20 has 4 cameras on the again in a round digital camera module.

In our HD loop video battery check the Nokia G20 managed 16 hours and 44 minutes, which is common for a smartphone on this phase. However, it managed an excellent two days of use on a single cost. I used to be largely restricted to informal utilization as this cellphone couldn’t play video games too effectively. The bundled 10W charger managed to cost the 5,050mAh battery as much as 18 % in half-hour and 37 % in an hour. It took 3 hours and 5 minutes to cost absolutely.

Nokia G20 cameras

The Nokia G20 has 4 cameras on the again: a 48-megapixel major digital camera, a 5-megapixel ultra-wide-angle digital camera, a 2-megapixel macro digital camera, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. Selfie duties are dealt with by an 8-megapixel digital camera. The interface is the everyday Nokia digital camera app we now have seen over time. It permits fast entry to vital controls within the Photo mode. In the video mode I missed the power to alter the video decision shortly – this setting is buried about 5 faucets away, deep within the digital camera’s settings.

Nokia G20 daylight digital camera samples. Top: Primary digital camera, backside: Ultra-wide-angle digital camera (faucet to see full dimension)

Photos taken with the first digital camera in daylight got here out a bit uninteresting, although with respectable element and good dynamic vary. I seen a ghosting impact in brighter areas, the place objects had been framed in opposition to a brilliant background. The ultra-wide-angle digital camera captured blurry photographs in daylight with loads of purple fringing within the brighter areas. The macro digital camera reproduced below-average particulars and is principally solely there to refill the spec sheet.

Nokia G20 selfie Portrait digital camera samples. Top: Daylight, backside: low gentle (faucet to see full dimension)

Selfies taken within the portrait mode got here out sharp however overexposed, and with below-average edge detection. Portraits taken utilizing the rear digital camera confirmed much more element with higher saturation, however regarded a bit oversharpened. Edge detection was a lot better with the rear digital camera.

Post sundown, picture high quality took successful. Textures appeared flat, however noise appeared beneath management supplied there was some ambient gentle within the neighborhood. In dimmer circumstances, high quality dropped drastically, with pictures popping out with a number of noise and murky particulars. The Night mode didn’t assist in any respect, and solely made textures seem worse. Photos taken utilizing the ultra-wide-angle digital camera at evening had been unusable and Night mode just isn’t accessible. Selfies and Portraits utilizing the entrance digital camera at evening additionally got here out colourless and uninteresting, with unhealthy edge detection.

Nokia G20 low-light digital camera samples. Top: Auto, backside: Night mode (Tap to see full dimension)

Video recording tops out at 1080p 30fps. Videos captured in daylight confirmed respectable dynamic vary, however got here out very shaky. Selfie movies had been under common, with overexposed topics and backgrounds, and a whole lot of oversharpening. In low gentle, 1080p 30fps video got here out with common element, however was very shaky and unstable even when recorded when standing nonetheless. Footage recorded utilizing the ultra-wide-angle digital camera regarded a bit too darkish and was largely unusable even with ambient lighting within the neighborhood. While video high quality was under common at greatest, the Ozo spatial audio recording functionality did an excellent job, delivering immersive audio.


After utilizing the Nokia G20 for per week it grew to become clear that this can be a price range smartphone with entry-level efficiency. Nokia guarantees software program updates, however the lacklustre {hardware} implies that the UI struggles to maintain up with every day duties, regardless that it is operating a near-stock model of Android 11. The two-day battery life is sort of good, however charging that 5,050mAh battery takes greater than three hours. Camera efficiency is nearly okay within the daytime and the identical goes for video high quality. The high quality of the HD+ show can also be nowhere near what the competitors provides.

Take a peek on the competitors and the Nokia G20 fades into the background. There’s Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 10 (Review), which provides a really succesful processor, a full HD+ Super AMOLED panel, stereo audio system, and 33W charging on the similar Rs. 12,999 value. For Rs. 12,499, Realme’s Narzo 30 (Review) provides a 90Hz full HD+ LCD display screen, a MediaTek Helio G95 processor, 16-megapixel selfie digital camera, and 30W charging. Even Samsung’s Galaxy F22 (Review), priced at Rs. 12,499, provides a lot better {hardware} with a 90Hz HD+ Super AMOLED show, a succesful Helio G80 processor, and a 6,000mAh battery.