Nokia took to its March live stream to showcase a wealth of new devices, including a new ‘value flagship’ in the Nokia 8.3 5G, which as the name suggests, is the brand’s first 5G phone.
When HMD Global took ownership of Nokia’s presence in the phone market, it served up the Nokia 8 as its first flagship device, followed by the 8 Sirocco and then the Nokia 8.1. Highlighting how significant the leap to this latest device is, HMD chose to skip the ‘Nokia 8.2’ name and jump straight to 8.3 instead.
The phone itself looks to be a pleasing entry in the 2020 Nokia portfolio, greeting you with its reflective blue ‘Polar Sky’ finish, which also draws your eye to one of the device’s biggest selling points – its quad-camera arrangement.
Not unlike the Samsung Galaxy S20, the Nokia 8.3 5G uses a 64Mp sensor (although unlike the S20, this is the 8.3’s main sensor), backed up by a 12Mp 120° ultra-wide sensor, a 2Mp depth sensor and a 2Mp macro.
HMD is talking up the phone’s improved low light shooting capabilities with what’s it’s calling 2.8μm ‘Super Pixels’, as well as a new focus on video recording, with the ability 21:9 4K video with both on-device colour grading and the ability to capture in a LOG profile for grading and editing after capture – dubbed ‘Zeiss Cinema’. Shooting video through that ultra-wide sensor also brings ‘gimbal-like’ stabilisation to the table.
The ‘5G’ part of the phone’s name comes from the fact that HMD has been able to pair the phone’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G chipset with the company’s RF sub-system front end module – which in real-world speak means the phone can connect to more 5G bands than any other 5G phone on the market right now, making it a solid choice for those looking to find better 5G in more place and roam on 5G once such services become available.
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Flip the phone over and you might also notice that this is the first Nokia device to sport an in-display camera – a 24Mp Zeiss-certified unit at that. As for the display itself, the 8.3 sports a 6.41in 20:9 Full HD+ ‘PureDisplay’ that can upscale SDR content to HDR, for your viewing pleasure.
To round out the toolset, the Nokia 8.3 5G boasts a 4500mAh battery with 18W fast charging, a side-mounted fingerprint sensor and Android 10, with the promise of frequent and swift security updates, as well as upgrades to the next two major releases of Android.
Nokia 8.3 5G price & availability
HMD didn’t present an exact date during the live stream launch, but its first 5G phone should hit the market during Summer 2020. The 6GB/64GB SKU will retail for €599 – a price that the company hopes will turn heads, considering the average price of 5G handsets right now is usually much higher. An 8GB/128GB model will also be available in select markets.
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