COVID-19 outbreak is causing disruption in the tech community, whether the shut down of retail stores, canceling annual trade shows or asking employees to work from home for containment. HMD Global, the company known for reviving the Nokia brand took to the e-platform as well to make its latest phone announcement. The Finnish tech company host the online-only event via its official social media handles and showcased its first 5G smartphone, the Nokia 8.3 5G.
5G is not a new thing now given leading smartphone manufacturers- OnePlus, Samsung, Huawei has already taken the front seat. But the unique feature (what’s boasted by the company) of the new Nokia 8.3 5G phone is that it has a wider range of 5G band support. This means that unlike the other 5G smartphones that have scattered bandwidth support and compatibility, the Nokia 58.3 5G will have roaming 5G support across countries.
Juho Sarvikas, HMD Global’s Chief Product Officer said,
The new Nokia handset is the first to equip Qualcomm’s 5G RF (Radio Frequency) front end module.
HMD has expanded its portfolio with a new roaming data service in partnership with US-based Greenwave Systems and local operators. The HMD Connect Global Data Roaming Service is a SIM-based data service that will provide roaming data connection in over 120 countries at launch. The global data service will be introduced at a starting price of €9.95.
Besides offering the widest range of compatibility with 5G bands, the Nokia 8.3 5G flaunts a quad-camera array at the back. The Zeiss-branded lenses will be able to shoot ultra-wide angle shots and take 4K video in low light conditions. There is a Zeiss Cinematic Capture feature as well which will enable users to shoot in 21:9 format.
HMD says that the phone’s algorithm will be able to simulate anamorphic lenses and lens flare. The camera software on the phone gets an Action Cam mode which is said to offer gimbal-like image stabilization when clips are shot at 60fps. In addition, the phone will be able to shoot video in log format allowing users to tweak ‘color profile.’
Coming to the design, the Nokia 8.3 5G features a tall sleek body with curved edges and thick bezels surrounding the curvature. The phone has a cutout to support the in-display front-facing camera that is placed at the top left corner.
At the back, you will find a dial-shaped camera module that embeds the four camera sensors. The phone has a fingerprint sensor that is built in the power button (phew! That’s something humanly possible). As for the display, the Nokia 8.3 5G sports a 6.81-inch PureDisplay that is claimed to upscale SDR footage to HDR. The display will have HDR10 support as well.
Here are the other details of the new Nokia 8.3 5G
Nokia 8.3 5G Specifications
- Display- 81-inch FHD+ PureDisplay with 21:9 aspect ratio
- Processor- Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
- GPU- Adreno 620
- Operating system- Android 10 OS with 2-year guaranteed Android upgrade
- Memory- 6GB RAM and 8 GB RAM
- External storage support- 64 GB and 128 GB (microSD slot- 400GB expandable)
- Rear camera- PureView Zeiss optics with 64 MP sensor, 12 MP sensor with an ultra-wide lens, 2 MP depth sensor and a 2 MP sensor with macro lens; dual CRI flash
- Front camera- 24 MP sensor
- Battery- 4500mAh battery
- Connectivity- 5G, 4G, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth v5.0, GPS/AGPS, GLONASS, Beidou, USB Type-C, 3.5mm audio jack
- Color- Polar Night
Nokia 8.3 5G Price and Availability
|Nokia 8.5 5G||6GB/64 GB||€ 599||Summer|
|Nokia 8.5 5G||8GB/128 GB||€ 649||Summer|
Alongside the world’s first ‘global 5G’ phone, HMD also launched a bunch of mid-range and budget phones including the Nokia 5.3, Nokia 1.3 and a refurbished Nokia 5310 XpressMusic.
HMD Global’s Nokia 5.3 Specifications and Features
The Nokia 5.3 is a mid-range device from HMD that comes with a 6.55-inch HD+ notch-display with a 20:9 aspect ratio. The phone is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 665 processor (the first Nokia handset to equip this chip). Similar to the Nokia 8.3 5G it gets a circular camera bump on the rear side featuring a 13 MP primary lens, a 5 MP ultra-wide-angle lens, a 2 MP macro lens and a 2MP depth-sensing camera. Upfront it has an 8 MP camera for shooting selfies.
Under the hood, the phone has a 4000mAh battery that is rated to deliver up to 22 hours of talk time on a single charge. On the software front, the Nokia 5.3 runs Android 10 OS. It has a dedicated Google Assistant button.
As for the storage, the phone is launched in three variants- 3 GB RAM+ 64GB storage, 4 GB RAM+64 GB storage and 6 GB RAM+ 128 GB storage. The phone comes with a dedicated microSD slot and up to 512 GB expandable storage support. It has a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner and includes USB Type-C port and 3.5 audio jack. Connectivity options include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth v4.2, GPS/ A-GPS and FM radio.
It will be available in three color options- Cyan, Sand and Charcoal.
Nokia 5.3 Price and Availability
|Nokia 5.3||4 GB RAM/64GB||€ 189||April|
Nokia 1.3 Specifications and Features
Next up is the entry-level Nokia 1.3 Android Go smartphone that features a decent 5.7-inch HD+ display with a 19:9 aspect ratio and a notch on top to house the front camera. Powering the phone is a low-end Qualcomm 215 SoC which is paired with 1 GB RAM. It has 16GB of eMMC 5.1 external memory which is expandable up to 400GB via microSD card.
The Android Go powered Nokia 1.3 ships with a 3000mAh battery that is claimed to deliver up to 3000mAh battery on a 3G network. In terms of optics, it sports an 8 MP (auto-focus lens) rear camera with LED flash support and a 5 MP front camera. Like the other two smartphones, the Nokia 1.3 gets a dedicated Google Assistant button. Notably, Google just recently announced a new Camera Go app and HMD’s Nokia 1.3 will be the first device ship with the new app. The Camera Go app will offer Portrait mode on Android 10 (Go edition) devices and track how much photo or video storage is left on the phone.
The phone runs on Android 10 OS and comes with 2 years guaranteed Android update. Connectivity options on the phone include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.2, GPS/ A-GPS, Micro-USB, FM radio, and a 3.5mm audio jack.
Nokia 1.3 Price and Availability
|Nokia 1.3||1 GB RAM/ 16GB||€95||April|
Besides the premium, mid-range and entry-level handset, the Finnish tech company has also introduced a revival of the classic Nokia phone, the Nokia 5310 XpressMusic. HMD Global never fails to bid on the nostalgic factor. In the past years, HMD Global showcased a few revived versions of the Nokia Originals like the Nokia 3310, Nokia 8810 ‘banana phone’ or the Nokia 2720 Flip phone that was debuted last year.
Mix up the beat. The new Nokia 5310 is perfect for those who love to take their music on the go. It’s a remix of a design classic, but with a slick new look🎵https://t.co/1cez5rLWss#Nokia5310 #EndlessEntertainment #NokiamobileLive pic.twitter.com/1Vke4TsZAM
— Nokia Mobile (@NokiaMobile) March 19, 2020
Nokia 5310 XpressMusic Specifications and Features
The revived Nokia 5310 feature phone carries a similar candy bar-shaped design as the original 2007 Nokia 5310 XpressMusic. However, the sleekness is missing and the phone is a bit bulkier than the original version. Even the music control keys are replaced on the right edge instead of having it upfront. Complaints aside, the revived Nokia X5310 sports a 2.4-inch QVGA screen with alphanumeric keypad.
The 2G Nokia phone has dual front speakers, a rear VGA camera with flash. The phone equips a MediaTek MT6260A SoC which is paired with 8 MB RAM and 16 MB native storage which can be further expanded up to 32 GB via microSD card. It runs on Series 30+ OS and has a battery capacity of 1200mAh.
The new Nokia 5310 will be available in two color options- White/Red and Black/Red version.
Nokia 5310 Price & Availability
|Nokia 5310||8 MB/16MB||€39||March|
Although these new Nokia handsets have marked their global debut, Nokia’s parent company hasn’t shared any detail regarding its launch and availability in South Asia and other parts of the world.