HMD Global launches into 5G with the Nokia 8.3 5G. This smartphone on the border between mid and high-end offers an honest technical sheet, without being transcendent. To stand out, the manufacturer is betting on an affordable price and on international 5G support. In fact, the smartphone manages almost all of the 5G frequencies currently available worldwide.
As with many manufacturers, the Coronavirus epidemic has upset agendas and projects somewhat. HMD Global, the parent company of Nokia, is no exception. Pandemic forces, the manufacturer had to put aside the presentation of its new range of smartphones from 2020.
As the MWC 2020 Barcelona show was canceled for the same health reasons, Nokia was counting on a partnership of choice to promote its new device: the Nokia 8.3 5G. Indeed, the smartphone is the standard-bearer of the last James Bond: Dying can wait. But there again, bad luck strikes again, since the release of the film was postponed to the end of 2020… The publicity stunt will also have to wait.
Nokia 8.3 5G: the bet of accessible 5G
The Nokia 8.3 5G will, therefore, have to do without 007 to sell. But what does it offer? First, Nokia 8.3 5G is a pure Nokia product. We find this characteristic design, between modernity and this slightly old school side specific to the brand. The smartphone sports a large 20: 9 screen of 6.821 inches with a punched front camera on the upper left side. The rear side is occupied by a circular photo module, similar to that of the Moto Z4, the Motorola 5G smartphone.
The manufacturer has equipped its device with a mid-range technical sheet, admittedly solid, but far from those of today’s ultra-high-end:
- 6.81-inch screen
- Processor Snapdragon 765 G
- 6 or 8 GB of RAM depending on model
- 64 or 128 GB of storage space
- Micro-SD card reader
- Quadruple photosensor: 64 MP main sensor, 12 MP ultra-wide-angle lens, 2 MP depth sensor, and 2 MP macro lens
- Frontal 24 MP
- Battery 4500 mAh Charger 18W
- Port USB Type-C et jack 3.5 mm
- Support for 5G in NSA (non-standalone) and SA (standalone) with DSS
Thanks to this technical sheet, the Nokia 8.3 5G will be negotiated for 599 € when it is released in the summer of 2020. At this price, the smartphone could establish itself as a gateway to 5G rather affordable, in comparison the Samsung Galaxy three proposals with the S20 . Especially since he leaves with a clear advantage.
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The Nokia 8.3 5G wants to be futureproof, that is to say, that it will support the two 5G standards: NSA and SA. To simplify, in 5G NSA, the smartphone will be able to take advantage of 5G via a fleet of antennas mainly composed of 4G LTE antennas and a few 5G antennas (current situation in many countries). Once the majority of the 5G antennas, the Nokia 8.3 5G will operate in 5G SA and will be able to use all 5G technologies, in high or low frequency.
Finally, HMD Global says that its smartphone will be the first to manage a dozen 5G frequencies around the world. See you this summer for the release of the Nokia 8.3 5G.