Nokia Mobile is coming out with a new smartphone soon. HMD, the caretaker of Nokia’s mobile business, has teased a phone for which, it says, you will not need a mobile case. HMD is clearly hinting at a rugged phone and the only one that comes to mind right now is the Nokia XR20. The Nokia XR20 has been a part of rumours for a while now, and if renders are anything to go by, the phone is going to come with an armour design.
Encouraged by its first year-on-year worldwide quarterly sales growth since 2019, HMD Global has been keeping busy lately, unveiling several new affordable smartphones and even cheaper feature phones under the Nokia brand. The Finland-based company, which became the exclusive Nokia brand licensee around the world back in 2016, recently confirmed the impending launch of its first Android flagship in more than two years as well.
Unfortunately, that’s probably not what we can expect to see announced on July 27, but on the decidedly bright side of things, you will apparently “never need a case again” with HMD’s “newest Nokia phone.” While we generally recommend buying a nice protective case along with almost any type of new handset, there’s a very good chance the next Nokia-branded smartphone will rock a rugged design and thus not require extra protection out of the box.
HMD posted a photo on Twitter to tease this upcoming Nokia phone. There is a launch date, which is July 27, for this phone. In the photo, there is a hand holding a phone with a mobile case over it. The case has inscriptions saying: “With our newest Nokia phone you will never need a case again”. HMD has not mentioned what this phone is going to be but the speculation strongly hints at the Nokia XR 20. The phone in the image has a round camera island with four sensors and ZEISS branding, which is what we also see on the Nokia X20.
Other than this, due to the case we will spot the regulars like quantity management, energy button with fingerprint sensor built-in on the left and a devoted button for Google Assistant on the alternative aspect.
Nokia XR20 specs (Rumoured)
The Nokia XR20 is likely going to be a slightly bumped-up version of the Nokia X20. According to rumours, the Nokia XR20 is going to use the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 processor that powers the Nokia X20. This means no change performance-wise, but the RAM capacity may change. A Geekbench listing of the Nokia XR20 pointed at 4GB of RAM on the phone. There will obviously be Android 11 software on the Nokia XR20, and HMD is likely to offer three years of software upgrades and up to three years of security updates on the Nokia XR20 because those are the things the company promises with each Nokia X20 unit.
There is not much available to make of what the Nokia XR20 would look like. HMD’s teaser certainly gives some hint and going by that, the Nokia XR20 would look very similar to the Nokia X20. The rugged part is, of course, interesting because HMD does not have a rugged smartphone in the existing line.
HMD will reveal more information in the build-up to the launch of this Nokia phone, and we will bring that to you.