Nokia’s ultra-durable XR20 is coming to the US

This smartphone is designed to last for years

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If durability is what you’re looking for in a smartphone, then you may want to take a look at Nokia’s latest X-series offering. Debuting in the U.S. this August, the Nokia XR20 is the company’s take on a “life-proof” phone. It’s built to withstand extreme temperatures from -20-degrees Celcius all the way to 55-degrees Celcius. Whether on the beach or in the snow, the XR20 exhibits durability.

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It’s also able to stand up to a beating being made to military standard MIL-STD-810H. And if you’re iffy about germs, it can also safely be washed with soap and water.

To prove the device’s strength, HMD arranged for football legend Roberto Carlos and freestyler Lisa Zimouche to helo with the “Toughest Test.”

The two athletes repeatedly aimed the ball at the Nokia XR20. Carlos even recreated his famous banana kick while targeting the device. Zimouche, on the other hand, used her agility to knock down three handsets one by one, each device surviving the kick.

In addition to these stress tests, the phones were subjected to temperature tests as well like dunking the device in ice-cold water and being exposed to the heat of the Madrid sun.

In addition to all that, its 6.67-inch screen is crafted with Corning Gorilla Glass Victus, making it one of the toughest screens around. Its resolution is 1080×2400 with a 20:9 aspect ratio and 550 nits of brightness. The XR20’s screen can also identify wet hands and is compatible with gloves.

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It’s also equipped with OZO Playback technology for loud and detailed audio through the device’s stereo speakers.

HMD Global, the home of Nokia, says in a press release that the move to create a sturdier phone won’t only eliminate the need to change phones often but also helps to reduce waste.

Being 5G-enabled, the XR20 can utilize next-gen speeds with ease. Nokia has also ensured continued Android OS support until 2024.

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Internally, it’s powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G processer matched with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. MicroSD cards are also supported.

As for imaging, the XR20 offers a capable 48-megapixel Zeiss main camera alongside a 13-megapixel ultrawide. It offers a new SpeedWarp feature for quick montages and an Action Cam mode that outputs stable footage.

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The Nokia XR20 will be available in two colors, Ultra Blue and Granite Grey, and pricing starts at $549.99. It’s expected to be available starting August 24th in the U.S.

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