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Nokia X20 may use Qualcomm's most affordable 5G processor

HMD is holding an event on April 8 and the Nokia X20 is expected to make its debut there.

twitter-logoShubham Verma | March 22, 2021 | Updated 10:37 IST
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Highlights

  • Nokia X20 is going to be one of the two rumoured X-series phones.
  • The Nokia X20 is listed on Geekbench with a Snapdragon 480 SoC.
  • HMD has an event scheduled for April 8 where we could see this phone being launched.

Nokia X20 and X10 are anticipated to be HMD Global's next affordable 5G phones. These phones have been spotted in several places, which means HMD is looking at a global launch for these phones. But despite that, the specifications of the Nokia X20 and X10 are not available in abundance. Now, we have, at least, come to know one key detail about the Nokia X20, the pricier one in HMD's upcoming X-series of Nokia phones.

The Geekbench benchmarking platform has listed a new Nokia model that is expected to be called X20. Now, the Nokia X20 listing on the platform has two important aspects of the specifications. One is that the Nokia X20 will come with 6GB of RAM and the other one is that there will be an SM4350 processor in the phone. This codename for the processor belongs to the Snapdragon 480, which is by far the cheapest 5G mobile platform launched by Qualcomm. The Geekbench listing also shows the Nokia X20 scored 507 in single-core and 1661 in multi-core tests.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 inside the Nokia X20 does not come as a surprise though. Back when Qualcomm announced this processor, HMD Global was among the first phone companies to announce a partnership with Qualcomm for this chipset and that it will soon be available on a Nokia phone. A few days back, a Nokia Quicksilver smartphone was spotted with Android 11 and the same chipset. But the recent findings of the Nokia X20 hint that the two phones could be the same. The test scores of the two phones are also identical. The base frequency of the Nokia Quicksilver and Nokia X20 is 1.8GHz, per the Geekbench listing, so it is logical to assume the two phones are not different but the same.

Qualcomm's most affordable 5G chipset, the Snapdragon 480 is fabbed using the 8-nanometre process and supports both mmWave and sub-6GHz 5G bands. This is useful in terms of 5G coverage on the phone. The maximum 5G-covered area is facilitated with the sub-6GHz band while mmWave is very limited. However, the latter is known for providing the highest 5G speeds. The processor can support up to 1080p displays with a 120Hz refresh rate, but I doubt the Nokia X20 will go for a 120Hz screen. There is also support for Quick Charge 4+, LPDDR4x RAM, and UFS 2.2 or eMMC 5.1 storage but the Nokia X20 is expected to come with support for the former.

Although HMD's plans for the Snapdragon 480-powered Nokia phone seem to be coming through rather fast, there are big questions looming on HMD's phone strategy. It has been over two years since we started hearing about the Nokia 9 PureView successor. Over many months, the name for this successor has teetered between Nokia 9.1 PureView and Nokia 9.2 PureView but since the rest of HMD's Nokia phone families graduated to the third (and even fourth) generations, the final name the rumour mill settled for was the Nokia 9.3 PureView. This extremely anticipated phone is nowhere in the sight.

Similarly, HMD last year announced it will launch a Snapdragon 690-powered smartphone. The Snapdragon 690 is another 5G chipset from Qualcomm meant for mid-range phones. This Nokia phone with Snapdragon 690 inside has not come to materialise yet.

HMD has an event scheduled for April 8 where it is expected to launch the Nokia G10, which we have been hearing about, and maybe the X20 and X10 smartphones.

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