BY Fast Company 2 MINUTE READ

The Nokia 8.3 5G is the brand’s first 5G smartphone – and is set to be a roaming powerhouse. Unveiled yesterday at a virtual  launch event in Finland, HMD Global, the company that has been manufacturing Nokia-branded smartphones since 2016, says that unlike most Android 5G flagship devices, which have limited 5G support and compatibility, the Nokia 8.3 has advanced technology that works anywhere, on any network.

The phone will also be ‘forward compatible’, meaning not only will it be able to connect to all 5G networks currently in operation around the world, but it will also be compatible with future networks deployed later in 2020 and in years to come.

“We are supporting the highest number of 5G new radio bands, by far, that you’ve ever seen in a single design, to date,” Juho Sarvikas, chief product officer at HMD Global.

But the phone’s fast and reliable 5G connectivity is not the only shining feature. It also boasts a PureView Quad Camera – made up of a main 64-megapixel sensor, a 12  megapixel ultra wide sensor, a 2 megapixel depth sensor and a dedicated macro lense. All the lenses are ZEISS-certified and immersed with ZEISS Optics that provide cinematic effects to professionally enhance your photos and videos.

There’s also a strong focus on Ultra HD 4K video recording. The cinematic video capture mode shoots in 21:9 aspect ratio, with Hollywood-style colour grading, dynamic range and anamorphic lense flare effects.

The Nokia 8.3 5G will come with either 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, or 8GB of RAM and 12GB of storage. Both configurations will include a microSD slot that supports up to 400GB of cards.

The release date and availability of the phone are currently a bit uncertain. HMD Global has stated the device will be available from June onwards but no specific date has been announced. It has also been announced the phone will be launched in the UK but no mention of other markets were made. The phone will retail for around US$650 (approximately R11 00).