HMD Global unveils Nokia’s first 5G smartphone

Nokia 5G phone

HMD Global recently announced the Nokia 8.3 5G, the brand’s first 5G-enabled smartphone.

The pure Android handset is packed with flagship features and it is currently the only phone that can take advantage of the 5G bands all over the world.

Powerful package with stock android

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 765 powers the Nokia 8.3 5G. It might be a little short of processing power compared to the Snapdragon 865 found on modern flagships, but the stock android software makes up for a smooth experience. The system-on-chip uses two Cortex-A76 based CPU cores for demanding tasks while six Cortex-A55 cores take care of regular activities.

The Nokia 8.3 5G is packed with Qualcomm’s 5G RF front-end module. This means that it supports far more bands than other 5G modules out in the market. This makes the phone the one “true 5G” as of the moment.

For gamers out there, the Nokia 8.3 5G is powered by the Adreno 620 integrated GPU. This graphics card is more than enough for modern titles such as “Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds” mobile, “Asphalt 9: Legends,” “Nimian Legends: BrightRidge,” and many more. Less graphics demanding games such as “Mobile Legends: Bang Bang” or “Rules of Survival” runs smoothly as expected.

Storage is also more than enough. The Nokia 8.3 5G base model has 64GB of NAND flash memory and a higher 128 GB option is available. Additional storage is available through the microSDXC card slot. The variants are paired with 6GB or 8GB of LPDDR4X memory respectively.

The smartphone supports Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 5.0, and NFC for cashless payments. A headphone jack is included and a USB 2.0 Type-C connector takes care of wired connectivity and charging.

Flagship design and great build quality

The Nokia 8.3 5G sports a large 6.81-inch IPS LCD PureDisplay with 2400×1080 resolution and 386 PPI. The blacks are deep and the viewing angles are great. However, Nokia has not announced DCI-P3 or HDR10 support although the company has added it in the earlier Nokia 7 and 8 models.

There are minimal bezels on top and on the sides, but the added Nokia logo on the bottom breaks the otherwise beautiful front fascia.

The body curves to the side making it easier to hold. The back looks great and the four cameras are located on the top with a Zeiss branding in the middle. A side-mounted fingerprint scanner is located on the power button on the right side while the volume rockers are found on the left.

Nokia continues to take excellent photos

Nokia has always been known for its great images. HMD Global has maintained that quality on its latest smartphone. The Nokia 8.3 5G consists of a quad-sensor main camera module. There is a 64MP main sensor, a 2MP macro camera, 2MP depth sensor, and a 12MP ultrawide sensor, which is one of the must-have features on every smartphone in 2020.

Nokia states that the main sensor is developed for better low-light images and is coupled with a Zeiss lens. The smartphone has a hole-punch display that houses a 24MP front-facing shooter. Just like its previous handsets, Ozo surround audio is available on this smartphone as well.

Price and release date

The phone is expected to hit shelves in the second quarter of 2020. No exact release date has been announced yet. The prices are expected to be $650 for the base model and $700 for the high-end model.

Images courtesy of HMD Global

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