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This One Feature Makes HMD Global’s First 5G Phone, Nokia 8.3 5G, Stand Out

Global 5G support by the Nokia 8.3 5G makes the phone a must-have for any serious traveler


Last year, HMD Global, the licensed maker of Nokia phones, launched its first 5G capable device, the Nokia 8.3 5G. It is among the small yet steadily growing portfolio of 5G-powered devices around the world.

The Nokia 8.3 5G sports a 6.81-inch 1080p IPS LCD panel with a 20:9 aspect ratio, 7nm-Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G processor, 6/8GB RAM, 64/128GB ROM, and a quad-camera setup including a 64 MP, f/1.9 wide, 12 MP, f/2.2 ultrawide lens, a 2 MP macro and 2 MP depth camera.

At the front is a 24MP selfie camera in a hole punch notch cutout, and at the side, a fingerprint sensor. A 4500mAh powers the whole system with 18W fast charging support.

Nokia 8.3 Global 5G Support

These features are all fine, but the intriguing one is global 5G support. This important feature sets Nokia 8.3 5G apart from the growing list of 5G capable devices from Samsung, Oppo, Xiaomi, Google, etc.

The company credits the phone’s global 5G support is due to the number of Radio bands and EN-DC(E-UTRAN New Radio – Dual Connectivity) combination supported.

With that, you can presumably use the Nokia 8.3 5G to connect to any 5G network around the world. It supports both standalone(SA) and non-standalone(NSA), ensuring the phone works everywhere independent of what local ISPs decide to build their 5G network.

While the GSMA has championed NSA to help the faster rollout of 5G, some ISPs have already rolled out 5G using both routes. The Nokia 8.3 5G ensures you’re covered no matter the road taken by an ISP to build 5G.

Global support is necessary, especially for anyone who travels seriously. Because like 4G and other cellular networks before that, different countries will use different frequency bands for 5G. And even worse, in some countries, different carriers use different cellular standards. This can be problematic.

Nokia 8.3 5G’s global support aims to save mobile users from such headaches by ensuring that they can always use their device no matter where they go.

5G support also ensures faster download and upload speeds and ultra-low latency while surfing the web or playing games online.

Nokia 8.3 5G launched in Kenya last year and is available in Kenya at about KSh 69,000. If that’s too high, look out for new cheaper Nokia devices that HMD Global plans to launch in 2021 to offer the same 5G experience to more people.

5G is not yet available in Kenya, but the Communication Authority is finalizing spectrum policies to be launched in September. Presumably, we should expect the first 5G network in the country sooner or later after that.

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Alvin Wanjala

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