HMD Global has announced its first Nokia 5G-enabled smartphone, the Nokia 8.3 5G. Based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 765G platform, Nokia is assembling a high-end smartphone designed to tick all the boxes necessary for a good phone, while not driving the features and prices of contemporary flagship smartphones to the maximum. Nonetheless, the phone’s large display packs a quad-sensor camera module and, in an interesting turn of events, will support more 5G bands than other laptops on the market today.
Once released, the Nokia 8.3 5G will be one of the first handsets launched in the West based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 765G chip system, an interesting chip that, unlike the flagship Snapdragon 865, uses a fully integrated 5G modem. In addition, the 8.3 5G will be the first phone to use Qualcomm’s 5G RF front-end module, a potentially important distinction as Qualcomm’s front-end supports more bands than other modules already on the market. As a result, the 8.3 5G is presented as a “truly global” smartphone that should be able to function in most countries, despite the wide disparity in which bands are used.
Otherwise, while the Snapdragon 765G is not Qualcomm’s flagship SoC, the recently launched chip is still quite capable. The SoC uses two Cortex-A76-based CPU cores for high-intensity workloads, as well as six other Cortex-A55 cores for low-intensity workloads and packs Qualcomm’s Adreno 620 integrated GPU. For the Nokia 8.3 5G, this is paired with 6 GB or 8 GB of LPDDR4X memory, as well as 64 GB or 128 GB NAND flash memory.
The first Nokia 5G phone features a large 6.81-inch IPS LCD display with PureDisplay enhancements (deeper blacks, less reflections) and offers a resolution of 2400 × 1080 (386 PPI). Oddly, however, HMD doesn’t list anything about the support for DCI-P3 or HDR10 support, despite the fact that the company supported HDR on previous Nokia 7 and Nokia 8 series smartphones.
Instead, its imaging capabilities are often the strongest side of Nokia phones and HMD is aiming the same high here. The Nokia 8.3 5G is equipped with a quad sensor main camera module consisting of a 64 MP main sensor, a 12 MP ultrawide sensor, a 2 MP macro camera and a 2 MP depth sensor. Nokia claims that the main camera has been optimized for better operation in low light conditions and has some additional improvements from Zeiss, which is also certifying the lenses. As for selfies, the smartphone has a 24 MP camera with a perforation hole on the front. And audio recording is provided through an array of Ozo surround sound microphones.
When it comes to wireless connectivity, the Nokia 8.3 5G smartphone supports Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 5.0 and NFC. Meanwhile, the phone has a headphone jack and a USB 2.0 Type-C connector for connectivity and data charging. As for security, the device carries a fingerprint reader on one side.
Nokia phones are known for their refined industrial design, so the Nokia 8.3 5G is clearly no exception. The device has a rounded back and is available in the Polar Night color which was inspired by the Northern Lights usually seen in northern Finland. In the meantime, the phone is quite thick at almost 9mm and heavy at 220 grams. Otherwise, it should be noted that HMD is not listing the phone as offering IP grade water or dust resistance.
The Nokia 8.3 5G
Nokia 8.3 5G
Nokia 8.3 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
1x Kryo 475 Prime (A76) at 2.40 GHz
1x Kryo 475 Gold (A76) @ 2.20 GHz
6x Kryo 475 (A55) at 1.80 GHz
6 GB LPDDR4X
8 GB LPDDR4X
6.81 “IPS pure LCD display
2400 × 1080 (20: 9)
f / 1.7
12 MP 1 / 2.4 “
f / 2.2 13mm
? ° visual field
f / 2.0
USB 2.0 Type-C
Fingerprint reader on the side
Google Assistant button
GSM, CDMA, HSPA, 4G / LTE (1200/150 Mbps), 5G (2.4 / 1.2 Gbps)
Resistant to splashes, water, dust
Single nano-SIM or dual nano-SIM
Start the operating system
HMD plans to release its Nokia 8.3 5G this summer. The cheaper version with 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of NAND will cost € 599, while the more advanced model with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of NAND will have a price of € 649.
Sources: HMD Global, GSMArena