You can expect a good smartphone around $400 that will do most of the stuff people would want from a mobile, but what about a phone that costs almost half of that? HMD Global launched a new smartphone that costs just $199, and yet it doesn't sound too bad when it comes to its specs and features. The Nokia 5.3 has a large screen although, this isn't as sharp or bright as most phones are nowadays, but works great at this price.
The rear side of the device is plastic-made but comfortable to hold. The display is 6.55-inch large and weighs only 185 grams. It is manageable with one hand. There are two buttons on the phone - the power button and the volume button. On the opposite side, you can find the button for Google assistant which is pretty easy to mess up when picking up the phone or holding in one hand. The phone has a 3.5mm headphone jack and a single speaker at the bottom.
On the back of the side, there is a quad-camera system that is housed slightly above the fingerprint sensor. The design is okay and doesn't look too cheap or ugly that screams ‘cheap' when holding in your hands. The phone is available in cyan, sand, and charcoal color. Even the phone is only priced at $199, but it comes with four lens camera sensor.
The primary camera is of 13-megapixels and an f/1.8 aperture, with a secondary 5-megapixel ultra-wide camera lens, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor, and a 2-megapixel macro lens. The selfie camera is housed inside the teardrop notch and of 8-megapixel. Nokia's 5.3 camera isn't good though. It could still improve as the software is too slow for four-cameras. I'd rather take a single camera phone than a four-camera phone that takes mediocre phones and painfully slow.
The phone is powered with Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 processor with either 3GB, 4GB, or 6GB of RAM. It's the same chip used in the Motorola Moto G8, the Moto G Fast, and the G Power, and the results are similar. That means you can play games on the device but its' not a ROG phone 2. It may not give you the smoothest experience but never halt or devolves into an unplayable situation.
Recently Nokia released a press release that highlight the news regarding its high-speed 5G internet connectivity. According to Nokia, it has achieved the world's fastest 5G speeds in its over-the-air network in Dallas, Texas, utilizing 800 MHz of commercial millimeter-wave 5G spectrum and Dual Connectivity (EN-DC) functionality, Nokia achieved 5G speeds of up to 4.7 Gbps in tests performed on base station equipment being deployed in major U.S. carriers' commercial networks.
Earlier this record was set by Ericsson just a few months ago. Using dual connectivity enables operators to transmit data simultaneously across 5G and 4G networks, achieving higher transmission rates than using either technology independently. This solution will not only provide subscribers with unrivaled mobile broadband speeds but also enable carriers to sell various latency-sensitive enterprise services, such as network slicing for mission-critical applications.
Tommi Uitto, president of Mobile Networks at Nokia, commented: "This is an important and significant milestone in the development of 5G services in the U.S, particularly at a time when connectivity and capacity are so crucial. It demonstrates the confidence operators have in our global end-to-end portfolio and the progress we have made to deliver the best possible 5G experiences to customers. We already supply our mmWave radios to all of the major US carriers and we look forward to continuing to work closely with them moving forward." Nokia has also rolled out an OS update to Nokia 5.1 plus to 32 countries that include India as well. With the Android 10 update, the Nokia 5.1 has the latest OS.
HMD Global was expected to launch its upcoming smartphone at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona but the company had to delay the release due to coronavirus pandemic. The company called the successor of the Nokia 9 as a Nokia 9.3 PureView. A fresh wave of leaks suggests that the next smartphone is said to feature 108-megapixel primary camera and 120Hz display. The smartphone might feature an array of camera sensors at the rear side - just like the Nokia 9 PureView. One of these camera sensors will be able to offer the optical image stabilization technique as well. The phone is now expected to available in the second half of this year after the first release was canceled due to coronavirus situation.
A reputable Nokia Tipster has shared some leaks about the smartphone. The phone might be using either a 108-megapixel sensor from Samsung or a 64-megapixel sensor from Sony. These sensors will be used to record video from the mobile camera. As per leaks, HMD CPO wanted to use only the 108-megapixel sensor and abandon the system of simultaneous operation of several sensors. The configuration of other cameras is unknown right now, but it is safe to guess that there will be telephoto, macro, and depth sensors along with the primary camera.
To display a high-refresh-rate at 120Hz the phone needs a high-capacity processor under the hood. The company will use the OLED screen on the display and a powerful Snapdragon 865 processor. The previous model used Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 plus. Another leak suggests the color options - Polar night, bold and lighter shades similar to copper hues HMD Global has already introduced before.
HMD Global is about to release the Nokia 9.2 and just before its launch its predecessor Nokia 9 PureView gets the price cut. The Nokia 9 Pure view is now starting from Rs. 35,000 in India that comes with 8GM RAM and 128GB internal storage. For some reasons, HMD Global decided to skip the 9.1 entirely and moved to 9.2 instead. There is no confirm news about its price but rumors suggest that it will be the first Nokia phone with 5G support and may cost around $600 with 256GB storage.
The Nokia 9 pure view had a crazy Penta-camera setup which promised to capture 10 times more light than a single camera sensor. However, the camera failed to live up to the hype and HMD Global decided to return to more standard camera configuration and moved to a higher level of a megapixel. Another rumor suggests that this will be an under-glass 32MP front-facing camera making the 9.2 the first phone to use this technology.
The device will be powered by the powerful Snapdragon 865 processing chip and will support 5G network connectivity. Recently BenGeskin released the pictures of possible renders of Nokia 9.2. According to the pictures, the smartphone has almost no bezels on the front. The back design uses the Oreo rear quad-camera system instead of the standard camera array. As per the news, the phone will use the Android 10 operating system. Other rumors suggest that the phone will be using 8GB RAM with 128GB internal storage.
Nokia 9.2 also sports a P-OLED display. The screen has a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels and 490 PPI pixel density. For the front camera, the phone is using a 24MP camera lens. On the rear, it has four cameras all 13MP. The rear cameras have features like Digital Zoom, Auto Flash, Face detection, Touch to focus, etc. This device runs on a big 4500 mAh battery but there is no information on the fast charge capacity. For connectivity, it comes with WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, Volte, NFC and more.
Nokia has done a great job in the middle-range smartphone that feels premium while retaining a great software experience. The next upcoming smartphone could be the Nokia 5.2 - also codenamed as "Captain America". The phone is likely to be launched as the Nokia 5.2 and is tipped to be priced at $180. HMD Global began sending out invites to its MWC 2020 event last week, confirming its plan of unveiling new phones at the event. While the company hasn't provided any details on the products that it will be launching at the upcoming event. The ever-reliable tipsters Evan Blass has shared two images of Nokia 5.1 and Nokia 5.2.
The phone will be released with a waterdrop notch display. The phone features a quad-camera setup that looks similar to a circular module. The design is inspired by the Marvel superhero's shield. The rest of the phone's specs may include 6GB of RAM and 64GB storage. The device may come up with a display size of a 6.0-inch full HD+ resolution and a 19:9 ratio. The phone will be using Android Pie out of the box. For audio, it uses a 3.5 mm headphone jack. As per leaks, the phone may have a 3,500mAh battery. It is expected to be released in Barcelona, Spain on February 23.
Nokia 5.2 is a solid device on a budget that does nearly everything a regular phone user needs. It offers a clean Android experience. Nokia users can enjoy up to two major OS upgrades and timely security patches and updates for up to three years. The phone will be powered by the Qualcomm snapdragon 665 octa-core processor. The device has a 16MP front camera for selfie images. Although the phone is being launched in 2020, to keep the phone inexpensive, it doesn't have support for 5G connectivity. For security, the phone has a face unlock and fingerprint sensor.