As noted, HMD Global unveiled four new smartphones that will be coming with Android as well as the new Nokia 5310, a reimaged version of the original Nokia 5310 Xpress Music, but all eyes were on their Nokia 8.3 5G.
Nokia 8.3 5G is far from the flagship killer but should do well on the market
While it might not have the best chipset on the market or the best screen, the Nokia 8.3 5G is definitely an interesting smartphone, featuring a 6.81-inch IPS Puredisplay FHD+ (2400x1080 resolution) panel with HDR and Adaptive display support.
The heart of the Nokia 8.3 5G is Qualcomm's Snapdragon 765G, a 7nm octa-core SoC with one 2.4GHz Kryo 475 Prime core, one 2.2GHz Kryo 475 Gold, and six 1.8GHz Kryo 475 Silver cores. It also features Adreno 620 GPU, and is backed by 6GB or 8GB of RAM, and 64GB or 128GB of storage (expandable via microSDXC card), depending on the version.
“We are proud to support HMD Global in announcing their new 5G device – one of the first commercially announced devices to be based on the Qualcomm® Snapdragon 765G Modular Platform. We developed this platform to help bring 5G experiences to everyone and give time to market advantages to our customers – it is a highly integrated solution based on the world’s first-announced mobile platform with integrated 5G, coupled with an advanced RF module to create a truly global 5G solution. Using this modular approach, Nokia 5G devices will be the perfect blend of sleek design and performance. Looking ahead, the possibilities with 5G are truly limitless, and we’re excited for what Qualcomm and HMD Global will accomplish together in the 5G era", said Cristiano Amon, President at Qualcomm.
The Nokia 8.3 5G has a standard design with a punch-hole display, featuring a front 24-megapixel camera with f/2.0 aperture and Zeiss optics. The phone measures at 171.9x78.6x9mm and weighs 220g but has a rather thick bottom bezel.
The main camera system is placed in the center and features Zeiss optics. It includes a main 64-megapixel sensor, backed by a 12-megapixel sensor behind an ultrawide lens, as well as a dedicated depth and macro sensors.
The rest of the specifications include 802.11ac dual-band WiFi, Bluetooth 5.0, FM radio, USB 2.0 Type-C port, side-mounted fingerprint sensor, and hefty 4,500mAh battery, which should do well with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 765G. It runs on stock Android 10 OS and is a part of the Android One program, so it should get regular updates.
HMD Global was keen to note that the Nokia 8.3 5G smartphone will feature in the latest and 25th Bond movie, No Time To Die, which will be in cinemas in November.
The Nokia 8.3 5G will be available only in the Polar Night color option and should be available in summer with a price starting at €599.
“We take great pride in working with our partners to deliver unique devices. That’s why we’re excited to announce a number of firsts with this launch. With the help of the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 765G Modular Platform, we’ve created a truly global 5G Nokia smartphone that’s designed with cost, usability and future-proofing in mind. Not only does the Qualcomm 5G solution enable to us condense more than 40 different radio frequency (RF) components in a single module, the Nokia 8.3 5G also features the highest number of 5G New Radio bands from 600hmz all the way up to 3.8GHz – meaning it is a truly global and future-proof device", said Juho Sarvikas, Chief Product Officer at HMD Global.