HMD Global, which is primarily known for its Nokia-branded smartphones and feature phones, has been foraying into various categories recently. The company recently launched true wireless headphones in India, and is now foraying into the tablet category. HMD Global, which licenses the Nokia brand, has brought its T20 tablet to India to compete with players in the budget segment including Samsung, Lenovo, Realme and Motorola. We’ve seen a lot of activity in the Android tablet space lately, giving buyers lots of new options to choose from. The Nokia T20 tablet promises two years of Android updates and three years of security updates to differentiate itself from the competition. So is the Nokia T20 worth considering? I tested it to find out.
Nokia T20 tablet price in India
NS nokia t20 Available only in Wi-Fi and 4G+ Wi-Fi variants in India. There are only two Wi-Fi options, one with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage, and the other with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. Their price is Rs. 15,499 and Rs. 16,499 respectively in India. The 4G-enabled variant is only available with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage and is priced at Rs. 18,499. The Nokia T20 is only available in Deep Ocean color.
nokia t20 design
The Nokia T20 packs a massive 10.4-inch display with sizable bezels all around. This makes it convenient to hold the tablet without accidentally touching the screen. NS Nokia The T20 has a metal body and feels sturdy to touch. The weight is manageable at 465g.
When holding the T20 tablet in landscape mode, the selfie camera is above the screen and camouflaged quite nicely. On top are volume buttons, two microphones and a slot for a Nano SIM (only on 4G models) and a microSD card for storage expansion. On the left is the power button, while on the right is a USB Type-C port and 3.5mm headphone jack. The Nokia T20 has two speakers, one on either side.
At the back, the Nokia T20 tablet houses a single camera, and the module is slightly raised. The back panel is bare with just a Nokia logo in the center and antenna lines running along the top. This tablet is IP52 rated for dust and water resistance.
Nokia T20 Specifications and Software
The Nokia T20 sports a 10.4-inch display with 2K resolution (1200×2000 pixels). HMD Global claims that the Nokia T20 has been given tough glass to protect this display. Powering the tablet is a Unisoc T610 SoC with two ARM Cortex-A75 cores and six Cortex-A55 cores, all clocked up to 1.8Ghz. There are two main configurations of the T20: 3GB RAM with 32GB storage and 4GB RAM with 64GB storage. The base model is Wi-Fi only while the latter could also be accompanied by 4G LTE connectivity.
There is support for Bluetooth 5 and dual-band Wi-Fi. The 4G-enabled variant also gets support for GPS. HMD Global has managed to pack an 8,200mAh battery. This tablet is capable of 15W fast charging, but you only get a 10W charger in the box.
Like Nokia smartphones, this tablet also runs on stock Android 11 without any customization. Two years of software updates and three years of security updates are also promised. My unit was running the August Android security patch which was a bit dated at the time of review. The Nokia T20 comes preinstalled with Google Apps, Kids Space, Spotify, and Netflix. A right swipe from the homescreen brings up the Entertainment Space, which lists a number of shows and movies that you can watch through supported providers. It also lists installed games and shows popular titles that you can download from Google Play.
Nokia T20 performance and battery life
The Nokia T20’s 10.4-inch display has decent viewing angles and was quite bright indoors. Color temperature is on the cool side but I was able to tweak it in the display settings. The dual speakers are loud enough to make watching videos engaging on the Nokia T20. I also found facial recognition to be far more consistent than lenovo yoga tab 11 ,Review), which I recently reviewed. However, it may still take a second or two to unlock this tablet.
While using the Nokia T20, I found the Unisoc T610 SoC to be able to handle casual usage and gaming without any issues. My review unit had 4GB of RAM and could multitask between multiple apps without having to close them.
The Nokia T20 managed to score 161,604 in AnTuTu and 7,575 in PCMark Work 3.0. It scored 346 and 869 in Geekbench 5’s single-core and multi-core tests. In the graphics benchmark GFXBench, it managed to score 29fps and 6fps in the T-Rex and Car Chase tests respectively.
Battlegrounds Mobile India defaulted to HD graphics and high frame rate settings, and was playable without any problems. After gaming for 30 minutes I noticed that there is 6 percent battery drain which is acceptable. The tablet was barely warm to the touch after gaming.
The Nokia T20 packs an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front camera for video calls and selfies. There are photo, video and portrait modes to shoot with, and there are also filters and beautification options. Camera performance was strictly average.
HMD Global packs a massive 8,200mAh battery, and hence the tablet offers decent battery life. With my casual usage, which included playing Clash Royale, watching a few videos and browsing the web every day for 2-3 hours, the T20 managed to last 3-4 days without any issues. However, charging was very slow with the supplied 10W charger. It took about five hours for the tablet to be fully charged. If you intend to buy this tablet, I would also recommend you to go for a 15W charger to reduce the charging time a bit.
The Nokia T20 is HMD Global’s first tablet to launch in India, and is placed in the budget segment, where it goes up against realme pad ,Review) The Nokia T20 really stands out with its aluminum body and stock Android software experience. It also promises two years of software updates and three years of security updates which gives it a slight edge. During the review period, I found that the large 8,200mAh battery provided very good battery life but charging was slow. The performance is good enough for casual use but if you are looking towards gaming, the Nokia T20 might not be ideal. If you want better performance without spending a lot, the Realme Pad can be a worthy option.