Nokia X20 using Samsung’s latest ISOCELL camera sensor

Nokia X20
Nokia X20

When Nokia Mobile announced Nokia X20 and presented it as its flagship, or the best that industry can offer, many were scratching their heads. Something with SD480 5G processor and 6.67″ FHD+ screen can’t surely be the best that the industry can offer. But, Nokia X20 does bring some of the best things from the industry for its price range. Well, there is a Snapdragon 480 5G processor that is not as slow as some are expecting it to be, and it is a new low-end chipset from Qualcomm that is also featuring 5G connectivity.

Readout of the supported cameras from Nokia X20

Also, X20 is bringing a rather good 64 MP main camera that looks promising, since Nokia Mobile is using Samsung’s latest camera sensor that our good friend Eero from Suomimobiili discovered.
Samsung announced this ISOCELL camera sensor not so long ago. Their new product offers a tetra pixel technology, which enables the chip to combine four 0.7um pixels into one for capturing low light images and combine the pixels to change the size of the pixel unit according to the light intensity.

Samsung ISOCELL specs

Additionally, this new sensor can quickly follow fast-moving objects and also do faster and accurate autofocusing. Additionally, due to its pixel design, this sensor is small which is ideal for making the devices slim, or at least slimmer. Read more about the Samsung ISOCELL sensor here.
While the new camera sensor from Samsung is great news, and ZEISS photography algorithms used also a nice addition, Eero did say that camera software needs some more investment to make the camera of Nokia X20 perform better.

But, a good camera sensor and a decent performing chip is something that might not be enough for X20 to become a bestseller in its range. The price of the device, which is close to €400 at some markets, is not justified well enough. Nokia X20 is bringing a screen that doesn’t have a high refresh rate, and it is the same screen as seen in Oukitel WP10 and Ulefone Armor 10 5G. Also, the fine print at the back could be done much better for the price, or at least aligned better.

Nokia 8.3 5G and Nokia X20 fine print at the back

While the hardware doesn’t necessarily need to be the top-notch one to offer a great user experience, as seen with Nokia 8.3 5G, Nokia Mobile needs to take care of all the little details and create a device that won’t give material for nit-picking. I am sure that this isn’t the best that Finnish startup and the current bearer of the Nokia name in the smartphone industry has to offer, and that they will make it better with the next X series model. Well, it would be better for the brand definitely.

Cheers Eero for sharing this insights.