Tech Review: The Nokia T20 tablet—a budget-friendly, long-lasting entertainment companion

MANILA, PHILIPPINES — There’s no doubt about it: the new normal has changed the way we work. The shift to remote work and online learning has prompted people all around the world to equip themselves with the right device that suits their needs; whether that’s a powerhouse computer for the modern creative professional, or a mobile device with versatile features for the average user.

With such needs emerging, HMD Global launches the Nokia T20, the first tablet under the long-known brand’s line of products. Boasting a versatile user interface and a long-lasting battery life, the device seeks to become a tech companion for professionals and students alike. How well does it fare? adobo Magazine’s digital content manager took it on a test run.


Hardware features

The Nokia T20 features a sleek and sturdy finish with its matte-finish body. The tablet is equipped with a 10.4-inch splash-resistant display, along with standard features present in most devices today such as slots for one SIM card and a microSD card (up to 512GB storage expansion), and Bluetooth and Wi-Fi capabilities.

We’d say the best asset of this device is its huge battery. With 8200mAh powering the tablet, you could definitely utilize its features for a whole day without worrying where they’ve placed their charger.

The tablet’s camera features an entry-level 8MP rear camera accompanied by a 5MP front camera, making it optimal for those who use video conferencing apps.

Software capabilities

Generally speaking, the Nokia T20 has a decent and smooth performance, thanks to its 4GB RAM capacity and the Unisoc Tiger T610 chipset, which is comparable to today’s popular mobile chipsets.

The device is ideal for consuming multimedia content like films, TV shows, or podcasts, thanks to its large display and clear sound system. Users can enjoy long hours of video streaming with the device’s vivid color display, as well as music streaming sessions thanks to its loud and crisp audio.

We also tested the Nokia T20 out with popular games like Mobile Legends and Genshin Impact. With a dual-core Mali G52 graphics processor, the device allows smooth gameplay in low to medium resolution with no issues depending on the game’s interface. With minimal heating and a long-lasting battery, casual gamers will enjoy longer periods of gameplay. However, storage might be a problem for users in future updates as it can limit the performance of the device.

The device running on the Android 11 OS system enables users to maximize all compatible productivity apps such as Google Suite, Microsoft Office, and more. One might want to consider purchasing external devices such as a keyboard and/or mouse to maximize the device’s productivity features.

For creative users, the device is compatible with any universal pen stylus, enabling you to make use of drawing/illustration apps, as well as working on photo editing and basic video editing.

Price point

The tablet retails for Php12,990. Some competitors, like the realme Pad 5 offer a more budget-friendly tablet (P10,990) at the cost of lower memory and storage; while others such as Xiaomi Pad 5 (P17,990) and Samsung’s Galaxy Tab A8 (P13,990) offer higher specs at more reasonable prices. Nonetheless, Nokia T20’s price point holds a well-rounded value to what it offers.

Our verdict? For its price, the Nokia T20 is a great find for someone who is looking for a mid-ranged medium for casual productivity.

Nokia T20 Tablet: Full Specifications

10.4-inch 2K Display (1200 x 2000 pixels, 224 ppi)
Android 11 OS
Unisoc T610 Chipset
Up to 1.8GHz octa-core CPU
Mali-G52 GPU
4GB of RAM
64GB of expandable storage
8 Megapixel Rear Camera (AF)
5 Megapixel Front Camera
Wi-Fi (dual band)
Bluetooth 5.0
USB Type-C (with OTG)
3.5mm Audio Jack
Stereo Speakers
Nokia OZO Audio
FM Radio
8,200mAh Battery (non-removable)
15W Fast Charging
247.6 x 157.5 x 7.8 mm @ 465 g
Deep Ocean Color


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