HMD Global, certainly took a hit this year due to ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The company had a set of smartphones to release during the first two quarters of 2020, but due to the disruption in the manufacture and low demand, the company decided to postpone these smartphones. It took a while, but the company is finally revealing the Nokia 2.4 and Nokia 3.4 entry level devices. More importantly, the already revealed Nokia 8.3 5G is ready to sail to International waters as the company’s first 5G handset.
Nokia 2.4 specifications
Under the hood the Nokia 2.4 carries the MediaTek Helio P22 chipset. This chip is a familiar face if you’re used to low-end smartphones. It’s a major upgrade over the last year’s Nokia 2.4 Helio A22, since this time around, we’re talking about an octa-core chipset with eight Cortex-A53 cores. The phone also has 2GB of RAM and 32GB of Expandable Storage. The good news is that the phone brings a dedicated slot for the microSD card.
The specifications are built around a 6.5-inch LCD panel with HD+ resolution. This is a waterdrop notch with moderate bezels on all the four sides. The cutout serves as a house for a rather modest 5MP selfie snapper. Moving around to the back, we have a 13MP main camera paired with a 2MP depth sensor. We also have a fingerprint scanner on the back.
The handset draws power from a rather large 4,500mAh battery. The bad is that it still ships with a very outdated micro USB port that can only provide up to 5 Watts for charging. The shocking fact is that while Nokia couldn’t fit a USB C port here, the phone has NFC support. It also brings a 3.5mm headphone jack to the table along with FM radio support.
Customers will be able to buy the handset before the end of September for €120. The handset is available in Dusk, Charcoal and Fjord colorways and a 3GB / 64GB variant will be available later on.
Nokia 3.4 specifications
The Nokia 3.4 shapes as a more “2020” low end handset. It brings the now trending Snapdragon 460 chipset. It’s a very interesting CPU that brings 4x Cortex-A73 cores plus 4 x Cortex-A53 cores to the table. According to the company, this CPU represents a 70% upgrade in comparison to Nokia 3.2. The phone is paired with 3GB of RAM and 64GB of Storage and also comes with microSD card support.
The specifications on this guy are built around a 6.39-inch LCD with a top-left aligned punch-hole for the 8MP selfie camera. The panel delivers HD+ resolution and is quite bright with up to 400 nits. Moving around to the back, we have a triple-camera array comprising a 13MP primary, 5MP ultra-wide lens and 2MP depth sensor. The rear also serves as a house for the fingerprint scanner.
The phone ships with a smaller 4,000mAh battery, but brings a USB-C port. The phone supports up to 10W charging, but the charging brick only provides 5 Watts, so if you want to charge it faster, you need to buy a more capable charger. Other features include the 3.5mm headphone jack and FM radio receiver. In counterpart to the Nokia 2.4, there’s no mention about NFC support.
The company states that users will be able to purchase the Nokia 3.4 starting in October. The handset will come at €160. HMD Global will unveil other variants with 3GB RAM and 64GB of Storage and 4GB of RAM and 64GB of Storage. However, the pricing is a mystery at this point.
Nokia 8.3 5G – The company’s first 5G phone
The Nokia 8.3 5G is a familiar face. The device was announced earlier this year, but its launch was delayed for obvious reasons. Now, the wait is over as the device will reach the US tomorrow for a $700 price tag.
The Nokia 8.3 5G currently is the brand’s most modern offering with Snapdragon 765G, 64MP camera with ZEISS lens, 4,500mAh battery with 18W fast-charging and a 6.81-nch LCD with FHD+ resolution. Well, these specifications certainly fit for a 2020 5G mid-range smartphone, but we have to agree that the Nokia 8.3 5G is quite pricey for what it offers. We are curious to see how it will perform in global markets.
The handset will arrive in Europe as well. According to a retailer in Belgium, the device will be available tomorrow for €580.