As part of a slew of fresh releases, HMD Global has just unveiled the new Nokia XR20, which it claims is “the most durable smartphone we have ever made.”
Entries like the original Nokia 3210, 3310 and 5210 helped build the brand’s reputation for producing phones with rock-solid build quality that, in the eyes of fans, bordered on indestructible.
While the Nokia name and the products tied to it have experienced a tumultuous journey since their heyday, it’s hard not to be excited about a new Nokia handset that promises to deliver on the same fundamental hardiness that helped those signature feature phones stand out, all those years ago.
Even recent ruggedised Nokias – like the Nokia 800 Tough – have only ever remained within the company’s feature phone portfolio, rendering this the most durable smartphone in the company’s history because it also happens to be their first ‘tough’ smartphone outright.
As the name alludes to, the XR20 leverages similar underpinnings to the company’s recent 5G-capable Nokia X20, paired with a hardier exterior; in a similar fashion to Motorola’s freshly-revived Defy. This manifests in elements like a Gorilla Glass Victus-protected 6.67in display, that’s optimised to work with gloves or wet hands.
IP68-certification and a MIL-STD 810H-approved design mean it’s also rated to withstand drops onto hard surfaces from up to 1.8m or take a dunk in (fresh) water for up to 30 minutes, at a depth of up to 1.5m, without croaking.
For a device that has a likely chance of finding itself in noisy environments, HMD has also considered such scenarios and embued the XR20 with the stereo speakers deliver up to 96dB of output too.
Here’s the Nokia XR20’s full spec sheet:
6.67in Full HD+ (2400×1080) 20:9 IPS LCD
Protected by Gorilla Glass Victus
Glove and wet hands compatible
Peak brightness = 550 nits
One year free screen replacement included
MIL-STD 810H approved
3D nanotexture back cover
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 SoC
4GB or 6GB RAM
64GB or 128GB storage
microSD support up to 512GB
48Mp f/1.79 AF main (Samsung ISOCELL GM1)
13Mp f/2.4 FF ultrawide w/ 123° FoV
8Mp hole-punch front-facing camera
Android 11 (w/ 3 years of OS updates + 4 years monthly security updates)
Bluetooth 5.1 (supports aptX Adaptive, aptX Voice)
Side fingerprint sensor
Programmable top button
Google Assistant button
Biometric face unlock
15W Qi wireless charging
18W fast charging (wired)
Dimensions: 171.64 x 81.5 x 10.64mm
Weight: 248 grams
Colours: Granite, Ultra Blue
If you’re in the market to pick up a new hardened HMD Mobile-made Nokia, then the XR20 is available right now (as of 27 July), priced at £399 or £449 for the 4GB RAM/64GB and 6GB RAM/128GB models respectively, in the UK.
Of course, the XR20 was only one entry in an aforementioned slew of new products, with the Android Go-powered Nokia C30, Originals series Nokia 6310 and a number of new audio accessories also making their debut.
Running on Android 11 (Go Edition), the C30 pairs the biggest battery with the biggest display in the C-Series so far. HMD claims that the phone’s 6000mAh battery will last up to three days on a charge, while the otherwise modest hardware means it arrives in the UK at under £100 (£99).
Here’s the Nokia C30’s full spec sheet:
6.82in HD+ LCD
Octa-core 1.6GHz/1.2GHz SoC (suspected to be a Unisoc SC9863A)
microSD expandable up to 256GB
13Mp AF main
2Mp FF depth
5Mp FF notch front-facing camera
Android 11 (Go Edition)
3.5mm headphone jack
Rear fingerprint sensor
Biometric face unlock
Dimensions: 177.7 x 79.1 x 9.9mm
Weight: 237 grams
Colours: Grey (varies by market)
Hellbent on tugging on your sense of nostalgia, the latest entry in the Nokia Originals line is the newly revived 6310.
This 2G feature phone doesn’t look all that much like its predecessor from 20 years prior (save for the bullet-shaped silhouette) and comes with a far richer feature set; fronted by a larger 2.8in QVGA display with curved edges, wireless FM radio support, Bluetooth 5.0, microSD expandability and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
In the UK, where the dual-SIM variant of the phone clocks in at £49.99, the new 6310 can only be had in black or yellow, however, colourway availability varies by region.
Here’s the Nokia 6310’s hardware rundown:
2.8in QVGA display
Unisoc 6531F SoC
microSD expandable up to 32GB
0.3Mp rear camera
Bluetooth 5.0 (w/ A2DP)
FM radio (wired/wireless)
3.5mm headphone jack
Removable 1150mAh battery
Dimensions: 135.5 x 56 x 14.1mm
Colours: Black, Yellow, Dark Green, Light Blue (varies by market)
New true wireless headphones
Beyond its new phones, HMD also unveiled a run of new TWS earbuds, expanded into four ranges: Clarity, Comfort, Micro and Go, with UK pricing for the top-end Nokia Clarity Earbuds Pro clocking in at £99.
The Clarity range aims at delivering the best Bluetooth audio tech the company can muster. In the case of the Clarity Earbuds Pro, that means dual microphone-fed environmental noise cancellation, Qualcomm’s cVc (clear voice capture) tech and ANC (active noise cancellation).