Nokia T20 Tablet Review: The First Nokia Tablet

The official positioning is simple: “Nokia T20 is the first tablet created by HMD Global under the Nokia brand. Provides everything you need for comfortable work and entertainment: a bright 2K screen with a diagonal of 10.4” with stunning image clarity, stereo speakers and two microphones. The capacious battery is designed for 7 hours of online communication, 10 hours of watching movies and 15 hours of web surfing. Two years of OS updates, three years of monthly security updates and high quality of every detail – the tablet will not lose relevance over time and will last a long time. “

Nokia T20 Tablet Price

Accordingly, before us is an inexpensive (price USD $261 for 4/64 GB at the start of sales + gifts for US $68.80) tablet in a metal case. Nokia probably sees two target audiences. Some will use the Nokia T20 as a home device for reading books, watching movies and playing games.

Nokia T20 Tablet price in India Rs.19,611 (Excepted)

Others are for work. On the promo slides flashed images of how the tablet replaces the menu in restaurants, and productive managers participate in it in meetings.

Actually, last week in “Echo139” made assumptions about what the new tablet from Nokia could be. That turned out to be just the case.

I remember in the comments of the objection that how does Nokia focus on business users, where are the sales statistics proving this?! I guess I’ll answer.

First, sales statistics are useless here. Product managers of the company, developing the product, did it with an eye on business users. For example, products under the Nokia brand certainly appear in the list of certified Android Enterprise Recommended devices. Also, HMD Global among the main advantages always highlights long-term support for security patches, as well as pure Android, ready for EMM-solutions. And on the official website there is a selection of cases telling about enterprises and institutions that have decided to use products from Nokia.

Secondly, my task is to convey to readers not only their own reasoning about the device, but also the official position of the company. You may not agree with Nokia’s ideas, but someone will appreciate and use them.

 Nokia T20 Tablet Blue color and Back camera Preview

Nokia T20 Specifications

  • CPU: Unisoc Tiger T610 2xA75 1.8GHz + 6xA55 1.8GHz
  • Operating System: Android 11 (two years of OS updates, three years of security updates)
  • Memory: LTE version: 4/64 GB | Wi-Fi version: 3/32 GB; Supports microSD memory cards up to 512GB
  • Screen: 10.36 inches, 2K resolution (1200 x 2000 pixels), 5:3 aspect ratio, tempered glass screen, In-Cell, 400 nits brightness, brightness magnification, SGS Low Blue Light vision protection
  • Battery: 8000 mAh, 15W fast charging, included 10W adapter
  • Main camera: 8 MP with autofocus, LED flash
  • Front camera: 5 MP, two noise-cancelling microphones
  • SIM Card: 1 Nano-SIM
  • Network & Data: GSM 900/1800/1900, 3G, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 5.0, | GPS/AGPS (LTE version only), USB Type-C
  • Sensors: Face recognition technology, accelerometer, lighting
  • Other: dust and water protection IP52, no NFC, there is a 3.5 mm connector, there is an FM radio, there is no compass
  • Materials: brushed aluminum and glass
  • Color: Blue Ocean
  • Dimensions: 247.6 x 157.5 x 7.8 mm, weight: LTE version – 470 g, Wi-Fi version – 465 g
  • Price:  US $261 for 4/64 GB at the start of sales as a gift are TWS headphones Nokia (US $27) and a case (US $41).


The screen is protected by tempered glass, and the body is made of aluminum. Frames of optimal width to make it comfortable to hold. The device is symmetrical, and formally it has no top and bottom. Can be used as convenient. Perhaps, only thanks to the location of the cameras can be allocated a conditional top for the horizontal and vertical position of the tablet.

Nokia T20 tablet back side camera
The backrest is made of aluminum. On the test engineering sample. Unfortunately, the stickers were glued to the conscience, and there was no solvent at hand.
Nokia T20 tablet camera
On the left side there is an antenna. Also there is a block of cameras. Despite the fact that it protrudes slightly, the tablet lies on the table flat and does not sway.
Nokia T20 tablet front camera 1
The front camera is located on the wide side. And at the end there are two microphones.
Nokia T20 tablet cover case 1
To the tablet you can buy a case-stand. They didn’t give her a test.
Nokia T20 tablet cover 1
The inner surface of the soft-touch case. And in the center of the inscription. Actually, this is the only reason why the case is given so much attention.
Nokia T20 tablet back view
The case will be good to protect the tablet from falls.
Nokia T20 tablet mice speaker 1
At the ends there are stereo speakers. As well as the power button.
Nokia T20 tablet thickness 1
On the right side there is a volume button, a slot for a SIM card and a microSD card, as well as two microphones. The tablet is designed for one SIM card and one microSD card up to 512 GB in size.
Nokia T20 tablet headphone jack 1
A little unusual arrangement of the headphone jack.

Display and Camera

In the IPS LCD tablet, a screen with a resolution of 1200 x 2000 pixels and an aspect ratio of 5 by 3. There are no factory protective films. The brand of protective glass is not marked, only marked that it is tempered glass.

Nokia T20 tablet display apps 1

The brightness is claimed at 400 nits. Measurements showed 395 nits. The device is intended for indoor use, so that 400 nits will be enough. In the photo above, the time is 4:45 p.m. (another two hours before sunset), but the sun is behind the clouds. The readability of the screen remains very good.

Although, I think it’s obvious that dark scenes are best not to watch.

Nokia T20 tablet display preview 1

The tablet has a clean Android, so all settings are standard. There are options to increase fonts and menu sizes. I recommend watching live, but the tablet is quite suitable for those who like larger.

Perhaps, finally, you can praise the good color reproduction. The tablet clearly does not lie in colors, the image does not turn yellow and does not blue. My only displeasure at the end is the only margin of brightness. 500 nits would be perfect. And then I sat in a café by the big window, and the screen shines.

Nokia T20 Tablet Display Preview

The tablet has two cameras: the main one at 8 MP and the front one at 5 MP. The quality of the cameras is such that I did not single out the story about them in a separate block. The cameras in the tablet come as an add-on to the screen and should serve to show you during video calls. Well, at worst, when you need to take a photo of some documents.

In terms of photos and selfies, the front camera as a whole can be praised. For video calls, the option is excellent.

Nokia T20 Tablet from Camera capture Preview
Nokia T20 Tablet front camera capture shot

The main camera at 8 MP did not cause positive emotions. Blunders in white balance, low clarity, and perhaps this is the trouble of the engineering simple, but the main camera often dances autofocus.

The camera interface is stingy. Only three modes: auto, video, portrait. In the settings you can not select the quality of photos, there is no manual mode. There’s digital zoom. Obviously, the creators of the tablet implied that the camera will be used exclusively for video communication.

 Nokia T20 Tablet camera


A set of hardware tablet may surprise you. As a chipset is used (you will not believe!) very rare in our area beast Unisoc Tiger T610.

In general, we are used to spreading spread, and after the re-renaming of UNISOC, is something infernal that is usually given to naughty children as punishment. That’s not entirely true.

Coincidentally, in the latest issues of “Echo” has already told about UNISOC. I will briefly repeat the main thoughts. UNISOC decided to change its image and started making advanced chipsets (just like the Tiger T610). The deficit in the market had a positive impact on the company’s business. Over the past year, the company’s share has increased by 2 times.

The other day was announced from the non-dying company LeEco new smartphone LeEco S1, working, by the way, on the Tiger 610. The smartphone was presented under the sauce that there is a completely Chinese development – from the screen to the chipset, everything is done without Western technologies. This led to the idea that the unexpected movements of UNISOC, aimed at changing the image, are due to a political order. China, which is in a trade war with the United States, needs its own technology. Perhaps a bet was made on UNISOC, which so far, unlike Huawei, is not under sanctions.

However, we have been a little distracted by the political discussions. So, Unisoc Tiger T610 is a chipset made using 12 nm technology. In terms of performance, this is the lower middle price segment (which fully corresponds to the price positioning of the tablet).

For testing, AnTuTu asked to install the Lite version.

In AnTuTu, the tablet knocks out less than 200 thousand points. Given that the device is designed for the internet and video, that’s fine. PcMark has excellent results. This test simulates everyday tasks – videos, documents, the Internet – and this is just the main purpose of the tablet.

Can I play games? The 3Dmark test says it’s kind of not. In fact, of course, yes! You can run absolutely everything. Even Genshin Impact. The strength of the Android platform is that it itself optimizes the game settings so that it works smoothly on the device. In the case of Genshin Impact, we are talking about low-medium graphics settings.

 Nokia T20 Table Benchmark score
 Nokia T20 Table benchmark score
 Nokia T20 Table wild life benchmark score

In a test instance of 4 GB of RAM and a drive of 64 GB. Aida64 “sees” 51.5 GB, and the user has access to approximately 44 GB. However, the volume of the drive should not be confusing. You can buy a high-speed microSD and solve problems.

For a long time I have been trying to convey in reviews the idea that the speed and responsiveness of the interface largely depend on the speed of memory and storage. In the Nokia T20 tablet, everything is relatively good. The read speed of the drive is average. The speed of RAM passes along the lower limit of the value recommended for comfortable use.

 Nokia T20 Table benchmark score

With great interest I launched a test for throttling. Firstly, it is interesting what the “tiger” from UNISOC is, and secondly, it is necessary to check how Nokia engineers worked.

 Nokia T20 Table performance graph

In conclusion, I will say a few words about my own experience. During the test, I used a tablet to browse websites and read newspaper books. While cooking in the kitchen, I ran all sorts of videos. I can note that I was pleased with the responsiveness of the interface, the absence of lags and brakes. The result is good. There is a slight subsidence, but without sharp drops.

I started games (specifically Genshin Impact), but I didn’t play. The low quality of textures on the big screen upsets me. However, everything is relative here. I’m just lucky enough to be able to play on flagships and I can see the difference. Just the other day I saw how a guy in public transport on a basic Samsung M12 (AnTuTu – 130 thousand points) with excitement chopped in Genshin Impact.

Battery life

There are both pros and cons. Let’s start with the latter. First, the tablet has a fast charge of 15W. The battery capacity is 8000 mAh, and charging is 15 W, that is, almost 3 hours to charge from scratch. But 15W is a supported charge. Included is a charge of 10 W (I have a test sample, to which nothing was given). Accordingly, the tablet should be charged at night.

The pros are that Nokia doesn’t lie about battery life in advertising. At full brightness in the PCMark test, the tablet lasted 5.5 hours. But here it should be understood that as a home device you will rarely run the maximum brightness. Usually at home the brightness will be 200-250 nits. And with such brightness, the tablet gives 6-12 hours of work. Video calls and games – 6-7 hours. Internet and video – 10-12 hours.

For 6 days of use, I charged the tablet one and a half times. He lies by the bed or on a stand in the kitchen. You turn on and off, and all is well. If you translate into airplane mode, then there will be practically no discharge in standby mode.

Communications and shell

There is no NFC (but probably not). You can’t make calls from your tablet, but you can receive SMS. Installed SIM-card “Beeline” feels great in the tablet. The reception of communication is confident.

There is GPS, but there is no magnetometer sensor, that is, a compass – there is just a point on the map, without specifying where the tablet will turn. Perhaps this is a minus for B2B customers. Such a large tablet with a non-burnout IPS-screen would appeal to drivers and deliverers: on the road as a navigator, upon arrival at the point to use the tablet for painting.

The shell is pure Android. Of the curious can be noted children’s mode. Also, by the way, when setting up a tablet, they ask who will use it, an adult or a child. To the left of the home screen is the Google Entertainment zone, which is a collection of movies, games and books from the Google Play Store. In the settings there is an option that allows you to disable the “entertainment” screen.

There is no fingerprint scanner in the tablet, but there is an unlock on the face. Here it is necessary to understand that this is not biometrics in the full sense. If necessary, it is easy to deceive with a photo.

Of the pre-installed applications, there is only a set of domestic software (you can remove), as well as applications from Google – movies, books, etc. Surprisingly, but applications from Google can only be disabled, but not deleted.

Conclusion and competitors

Nokia T20 looks surprisingly good in its price segment. It’s no worse than its main competitors: the Lenovo Tab M10 Plus (4/128GB) and the Galaxy Tab A7. Although the Tab A7 has 3 GB of RAM and 4 GB of storage, but the chipset is more eminent, Qualcomm Snapdragon 662.

Separately, I can single out one model from Lenovo – Yoga SmartTab on qualcomm Snapdragon 439. Performance is 2 times lower, but the positioning of the tablet is the same, and the body is of an unusual design with a built-in stand. Thanks to this solution, the tablet can be put or hung, and also in a thick leg placed good stereo speakers.

 Nokia T20 Table

Also on the market you can find an interesting solution from Huawei – Mate Pad WIFI 128 GB. There is no support for 4G (with 4G much more expensive), and there are no Google services, but the Kirin 820G chipset shows 2 times higher performance than the Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 and UNISOC Tiger T610.

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