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Originally scheduled to announce its new smartphones during MWC 2020 in Barcelona, Nokia held an online launch event today to reveal its Bond-themed Nokia 8.3 5G and the more affordable Nokia 1.3 and Nokia 5.3, plus the nostalgic Nokia 5310 feature phone. As you might expect, Nokia is making a big deal of the Nokia 8.3 5G, claiming that it’s the “first truly global 5G smartphone”. Join us after the break for more details.

Nokia 8.3 5G

First up is the Nokia 8.3 5G that is set to feature in the new James Bond film whose release has been delayed until November because of COVID-19. Featuring the aforementioned 5G connectivity that Nokia says supports a wider range of 5G bands than its competitors.

The Nokia 8.3 5G is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 765G processor with either 6GB/64GB or 8GB/128GB of memory and storage. Its 6.81-Inch PureView display has a 20-9 aspect ratio and FHD+ resolution (2400 x 1080). The fingerprint sensor is located neither on the rear panel nor under the display, instead, it has been integrated with the side-mounted power button.

With four rear cameras consisting of a 64MP primary sensor, a 12MP ultra-wide sensor, 2MP Macro lens, and a 2MP depth sensor, the Nokia 8.3 isn’t short of firepower. There’s also a 24MP selfie camera located in the punch-hole in the top-left corner of the display.

Finally, the Nokia 8.3 5G is priced from €599 for the 6GB/64GB version, and €649 for the 8GB/128GB model. it’s expected to go on sale at the start of summer, so not too long to wait.

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Nokia 5.3

The midrange Nokia 5.3 will become available in April for €189 and features a more modest set of components. There’s a 6.55-inch display with HD+ resolution (1600 x 720), a 20:9 aspect ratio, and 270ppi. Powered by the Snapdragon 665 processor, the Nokia 5.3 also features 4GB of RAM, 64GB storage, and is said to be good for two-days usages thanks to its 4,000mAh battery.

The rear panel sports a 13MP main camera, a 5MP ultra-wide angle lens, as well as a 2MP Macro lens, as well as a 2MP depth sensor. The 8MP selfie camera is housed in the teardrop notch on the display.

Nokia 1.3

The Nokia 1.3 sports decidedly entry-level specifications, becoming available in April for just €89. Powered by a Snapdragon 215 processor with 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. the handset runs on the Android Go platform, and as such, features the new Google Go camera app. The 5.71-inch display has an HD+ resolution (1520 x 720) 19:9 aspect ratio. A 3,000mAh battery provides the juice, which can be recharged via the MicroUSB port, which although understandable at this price point, is still vaguely disappointing. Audiophiles will be glad to note that a 3.5mm audio jack is present.

Speaking of cameras, the Nokia 1.3 has a single 8MP rear camera and a 5MP selfie camera housed in the notched display. The low specced cameras should benefit hugely from the Google Go camera app’s algorithms.

Nokia 5310

It wouldn’t be a Nokia launch without a nostalgic nod to the brand’s past with today seeing the iconic 5310 Xpress-music getting a makeover. The phone features an MT6260A processor (MediaTek), a whopping 8MB of RAM with 16MB storage that can be expanded by up to 32GB via a MicroSD card. In terms of software, you would be correct in thinking that the 5310 is not running on Android, instead, it runs on Nokia’s 30+ operating system which means that support for modern apps such as WhatsApp is extremely unlikely.

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There is a 2.4-inch VGA display, Bluetooth 3.0, a VGA-resolution rear camera (no selfie camera), and the 1,200mAh battery is charged via the MicroUSB port. Staying true to its heritage, the Nokia 5310 does have a 3.5mm audio jack and 2G connectivity, although it does have an FM Stereo antenna.

You can expect the Nokia 5319 to launch sometime this month for €39.

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He’s been an Android fan ever since owning an HTC Hero, with the Dell Streak being his first phablet. He currently carries an OPPO Find X2 in his pockets, a Galaxy Tab S5e in his backpack, and thinks nothing of lugging a 17-inch laptop around the world. When not immersed in the world of Android and gadgets, he’s an avid sports fan, and like all South Africans, he loves a good Braai (BBQ).




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