Nokia XR20 is the brand’s “most durable smartphone” ever

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.

Nokia XR20

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.

Nokia XR20 press image colours

Nokia XR20 press image colours

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
  • IP68-certified
  • 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
  • Rear cameras:
    • 48Mp f/1.79 AF main (Samsung ISOCELL GM1)
    • 13Mp f/2.4 FF ultrawide w/ 123° FoV
  • 8Mp hole-punch front-facing camera
  • Stereo speakers
  • Android 11 (w/ 3 years of OS updates + 4 years monthly security updates)
  • 5G
  • Bluetooth 5.1 (supports aptX Adaptive, aptX Voice)
  • NFC
  • Side fingerprint sensor
  • Programmable top button
  • Google Assistant button
  • Biometric face unlock
  • 4630mAh battery
  • 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 for pre-order (as of 27 July), priced from €499 in European markets or £399 in the UK for the 4GB RAM/64GB model, while the 6GB RAM/128GB SKU costs €569 or £449, respectively. The phone is listed as shipping from 29 July.

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.

Nokia C30

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).

Nokia C30 press image hero

Nokia C30 press image hero

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)
  • 2GB RAM
  • 32GB storage
  • microSD expandable up to 256GB
  • Rear cameras:
    • 13Mp AF main
    • 2Mp FF depth
  • 5Mp FF notch front-facing camera
  • Android 11 (Go Edition)
  • Bluetooth 4.2
  • FM radio
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Rear fingerprint sensor
  • Biometric face unlock
  • 6000mAh battery
  • 10W charging
  • microUSB
  • Dimensions: 177.7 x 79.1 x 9.9mm
  • Weight: 237 grams
  • Colours: Grey (varies by market)

Nokia 6310

Hellbent on tugging on your sense of nostalgia, the latest entry in the Nokia Originals line is the newly revived 6310.

Nokia 6310 press image hero

Nokia 6310 press image hero

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
  • 8MB RAM
  • 16MB ROM
  • microSD expandable up to 32GB
  • 0.3Mp rear camera
  • S30+
  • 2G
  • Bluetooth 5.0 (w/ A2DP)
  • FM radio (wired/wireless)
  • MP3 player
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Removable 1150mAh battery
  • LED torch
  • microUSB
  • 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).

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