Nokia T20 brings Finnish touch to budget tablet market
Several years after HMD resurrected the Nokia brand with a solid line of budget phones, the company is dipping its toes into the tablet market. This morning, HMD announced the Nokia T20, its first Android tablet in six years.
The budget T20 sports the same understated aesthetic as Nokia’s line of smartphones. Its textured aluminum frame is dark blue, there is a small camera module sticking out of the upper left corner with an 8MP sensor and a prominent Nokia branding in the center of the tablet.
The front is dominated by a 10.4 inch 2000 x 1200 pixel LCD screen made of reinforced glass. Typical brightness reaches a maximum of 400 nits and there is no mention of an anti-reflective coating, so it is best suited for indoor use. Big bezels frame the screen and a 5MP selfie camera is hidden in the top frame for video calls.
The Nokia T20 sports the understated design of the HMD. (Photo: HMD)
A pair of OZO speakers should work well for said video calls, but if you prefer to have a private conversation, Bluetooth 5.0 support is built in. There’s also a 3.5mm headphone jack, leaving no shortage of audio options.
There’s no NFC, but that doesn’t seem like a deal breaker for a budget tablet. It also lacks a fingerprint sensor. Of course, you can use a PIN or face unlock to secure the T20, but both options are less convenient than pressing the power button with your finger.
The T20 is powered by a Unisoc T610 chipset. In the US, HMD will sell the slate with 64GB of storage and 4GB of RAM. This storage and RAM setup is rudimentary for an Android tablet, but there’s a microSD slot that supports up to an additional 512GB of external storage.
HMD packed a massive 8,200mAh battery into the T20. It claims you’ll get up to seven hours of battery life for video calls and more than double it with more conservative use. There’s a 10W charger in the box, but you can speed up the process with an optional 15W power adapter.
The T20 has two main use cases. The former is an inexpensive secondary device for content consumption, online learning, and lightweight multitasking. The retail version comes with Google Kids Space, ExpressVPN, and Spotify.
Since the T20 is a recommended Android device, it is also an inexpensive option for business use. Businesses can use HMD Enable Pro to deploy and update the tablet across large fleets.
The Nokia T20 is a recommended Android device. (Photo: HMD)
However, what sets the Nokia T20 apart from other budget tablets is HMD’s software upgrade policy. While most inexpensive tablets come with bloatware-filled versions of Android that never receive updates, the T20 comes with a stock version of Android 11. HMD also promises two major upgrades to the. operating system as well as two years of security fixes.
The Nokia T20 will sell for $ 249.99 in the US starting November 17
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