You know, The Nokia 8.3 5G was announced last year in March 2020. Had it hit the market, then it would probably have been a far more enticing smartphone, at least from the outset. There is no rear fingerprint scanner on the back of the Nokia 8.3 5G; instead, the firm has slapped a side-mounted capacitive fingerprint reader within the power button. I don’t mind when Nokia does this.
Still, I do think by doing so sometimes means that the phone is immediately catered towards right-handed people. As stretching around with your left hand to unlock the phone isn’t exactly the most comfortable, even more so with such a large phone said, it is a fast sensor.
It also includes the ability to swipe down or up to access the notification shade, which is a nice touch. The design is a strange hybrid of previous devices; the circular camera module has hints of the Nokia 5.3. The glossy two-tone polar knight finishes glint various hues of deep blue and feel like a homage to the Nokia 9 from 2018 to an extent.
Initially, I thought the rear panel was made of plastic. Still, it is made of gorilla glass; after learning this, I felt more inclined to keep using the phone without a case. Something that isn’t always a priority with glass sandwich-style devices. Adding a case would add extra bulk to an even already large smartphone.
Another notable is that the 3.5-millimeter headphone port is also included here it’s a rarity to see the audio socket on devices nowadays and it’s made all the sweeter as it’s in the vastly superior downward facing position alongside the USB C charge port and mono speaker as for the display the 6.81 inch IPS LCD display at this sort of price point isn’t that much or too much of a disappointment but given the competition offering AMOLED panels elsewhere, it might be a bit of an oversight from Nokia.
I could have been a little bit more forgiving if the LCD Panel was a high refresh rate panel but alas you stuck with 60 hertz, of course, this isn’t a complete deal breaker but competition is fierce in 2020 and it would have helped elevate the Nokia 8.3 5G above some of the chasing pack I do like that it is completely flat though which does help with interactions and eliminates phantom touches on such a large panel one thing that really needs to change is the embossed Nokia logo on the chin of just about every Nokia phone in existence though I think it’s a real design throwback and a relic that doesn’t really needlessly need to cheapen the look of an otherwise reasonable LCD display.
In terms of software, my actual biggest gripe with the clean android one experience on the Nokia 8.3 5G is that this device has shipped with android 10, not that there is much to hate about android 10 that is the android 11 update is set to roll out soon. Still, it would have been much better to come straight out of the box, especially that this phone was delayed.
Everything, though, is fast and fluid thanks to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765g and either 6 or 8 gigabytes of RAM. At no point did I see or notice any significant lag.
Nokia’s flavor of android is such clean means that it works very much in its favor about everyday performance, apps load quickly, switching and swiping between open applications is pretty quick and painless, plus there is some grunt for gaming should you need it, of course, the Snapdragon 765g isn’t exactly a powerhouse chipset.
Still, it is very capable just how it ages is another question, but as long as you don’t play tons of 3d games at their highest graphical settings, the Nokia 8.3 5G is more than good enough for daily usage.
It’s also worth noting there are only two pre-installed Nokia branded apps out of the box. Still, one negative is that Netflix and Amazon are bundled in there too. However, not having to uninstall or change any default apps right out of the box is a huge deal. It’s pixel light if you will, and it’s one of the major reasons Nokia’s resurrection.
Another bonus is that Nokia 8.3 5G is guaranteed all major android upgrades within the next two years but due to the delayed-release cycle. The Nokia 8.3 5G will only be upgraded as far as android 12, which is a little disappointing. But you will get security updates for a further year for three years of overall support.
The internals is effectively identical to the pixel 4 A5G. The Pixel 5, I’d wager that it would match the google device strive for stride save the better animations. I haven’t noticed any major differences day today on the Nokia 8.35 g to that of my pixel 5. which’s even more impressive when you consider the golfing OS version. However, that is admittedly small. Let’s talk cameras then as the Zeiss branded quad camera setup.
The Nokia 8.3 5G comes with a 64-megapixel main sensor, 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens, 2-megapixel macro camera, and 2-megapixel depth sensor.
I have to say that the camera setup is just ok. When using the primary 64-megapixel wide lens in auto mode, you get crisp detailed 16-megapixel shots with reasonable dynamic range and solid colors; most are perfectly fine. But at no point did I feel like the Nokia 8.3 5G camera wowed me in any way; when switching lenses, the quality drops off quite significantly too.
The ultra-wide-angle lens produces shots there far too soft for my liking, plus the white balance does seem to shift a little bit when switching; it’s nice to be able to get a slightly wider field of view. Still, I would suggest opting to use this mode sparingly.
I didn’t think I’d say that at 4500 milliamp hours, I had high hopes for the Nokia 8.3 5G battery. It didn’t quite reach my lofty ambitions; all-day usage is still very easily achieved. But I noticed a higher than average battery drain when I left it unplugged overnight.
I regularly saw five to six hours of screen-on time, which is more than enough for. I’d personally call a heavy day of usage understandably though that might not be good enough for some people out there. It certainly wouldn’t be good enough for James Bond, for whom this phone is intrinsically linked.
Nokia 8.3 5G is a solid enough battery but could be better given the substantial cell packed inside the 18-watt charge speeds like the pixel series. Towards the low end, to go from zero to 100 took around an hour and 40 minutes; as you’d expect, there is no option to charge the 8.3 wirelessly. I can’t help but think if the Nokia 8.3 5G hit store shelves a little earlier. With a marginally lower price tag, then it would have been much better.
You’ve also got to contend with the cheaper one plus Nord; it offers more or less the same experience, around 150 less in isolation.
Complete Specification of Nokia 8.3 5G
OS Android 10
CPU Octa-core (1 x 2.4 GHz Kryo 475 Prime + 1 x 2.2 GHz Kryo 475 Gold + 6 x 1.8 GHz Kryo 475 Silver)
GPU Adreno 620
Chipset Qualcomm SDM765 Snapdragon 765G (7 nm)
Dimensions 171.9 x 78.6 x 9 mm
Weight 220 gram
Size 6.81 Inches
Colors Polar Night
SIM Dual Sim, Dual Standby (Nano-SIM)
2G Band SIM1: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 SIM2: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Band HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
4G Band LTE band
5G Band 5G SA/NSA
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth v5.0 with A2DP, LE
GPS Yes + AGPS, GLONASS, BDS
USB Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
Data GPRS, Edge, 3G (HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps), 4G LTE-A, 5G capable
Memory 128GB Built-in, 8GB RAM
Card microSD Card, (supports up to 512GB)
Back Camera Quad Camera: 64 MP, (wide) + 8 MP, (ultrawide) + 2 MP, (macro) + 2 MP, (depth), Dual LED Flash
Front Camera 24 MP, (wide), Zeiss optics, HDR, Video ([email protected])
Audio 3.5mm Audio Jack, MP4/H.264 player, MP3/WAV/eAAC+/FLAC player, Speaker Phone
Battery 4500 mAh (Li-Po Non removable)
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