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The Nokia T20 is a $ 250 10.4-inch Android pill with a big battery

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  • The Nokia T20.

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  • The back is made of aluminum.

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  • Wait – is that a headphone jack mounted in the corner ?!

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  • Whoa. It is total! That looks like a 45 degree angle.

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  • Nokia is selling this folio case – will the headphone jack in the lower right corner be okay like this?

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  • On the side is a USB-C port and one of the two speakers.

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  • The other side has a power button and the other speaker.

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  • The lower edge.

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We’re in the middle of the resurgence of Android tablets – no, seriously – and after the recent devices from Samsung, Walmart, Xiaomi and Lenovo, HMD is next up with its very first tablet, the Nokia T20. Nokia is tackling the lower end of the market by launching a $ 249.99 tablet with a 10.4-inch display.

Let’s talk about the specifications. The SoC is a Unisoc Tiger T610 (a Unisoc SoC is a rare component); It is a 12 nm chip with two A75 cores at 1.8 GHz and six A55 cores at 1.8 GHz. The main A75 cores are quite old and were last seen in major flagships in 2017 with the Snapdragon 845. So this is an entry-level chip. There’s 4 GB of RAM, 512 GB of storage, and a fairly large 8200 mAh battery. The display is a 10.4-inch LCD with a resolution of 2000 × 1200 and a “Toughened Glass” (read: not the usual Gorilla Glass) cover. The back is made of aluminum and there is a microSD slot, stereo speakers, a front and rear camera, a USB-C port with 15 W charging and a headphone jack. There is no fingerprint sensor.

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You can get the WiFi-only model for $ 249.99, but an inexpensive LTE version is also listed on the spec page. Nokia is selling a stand folio case for an unknown amount. The device ships with Android 11 and comes with two years of major operating system updates and three years of security updates.

An interesting design decision concerns the Nokia T20’s headphone jack, which is … um, mounted in the corner? In the lower right corner, the headphone jack is at a 45-degree angle. Will that work? People sometimes hold their tablets by the lower corners, so won’t that get in the way? I suppose you could hold the tablet upside down, but then bring the device to the camera lens. Hopefully, HMD made sure most headphone plugs don’t hit the table when using a stand folio case.

Regardless, it’s great to see Android tablets make a comeback, especially with foldable devices pushing the form factor on phones and Google’s renewed interest in tablets running Android 12.1 and Entertainment Space. Now all we need is more big screen apps. Please, developer?

The Nokia T20 ships on November 17th.

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