The need for fast internet speed has been on the rise over the years. We’ve witnessed a huge shift from the offline interactions of the past, to online platforms in both the government, the citizens, plus businesses. And now many more people are travelling across the globe (only held back by the current worldwide pandemic) for business meetings, holidays, school seminars, and much more. This has brought up a serious need for easier global roaming facilities.
We’ve seen a significant rise in internet use, and a serious demand by many more users for even faster speeds. That’s why technology keeps getting better, and that’s why we are now shifting from 3G and 4G, to 5G – something that will bring even faster connectivity to users across the world. We’ve already discussed the imaginable benefits of 5G in many of our articles, and have seen many devices launched supporting 5G.
Nokia wasn’t among the first to launch 5G capable smartphones, however, once they came in, they not only launched impressive devices, they also promised to bring 5G to everyone going forward. One of their best 5G devices is the Nokia 8.3 which is already available in the Kenyan market. Though 5G is not yet officially available in the market, the Nokia 8.3 is ready for whatever bands will be made available in the market. It won’t take long however for 5G as Nokia is already building foundations with Airtel Kenya in Nairobi.
The Nokia 8.3 features a 6.81-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1080×2400 pixels. The device is powered by the Qualcomm SM7250 Snapdragon 75G(7nm) with 8GB RAM and 128 GB Storage. You can expand the storage with an external microSD card. The device has a 4500mAh battery and supports 18W fast charging over USB Type-C. There’s NFC support, a fingerprint scanner, and has already received Android 11. Those are the usual specs. Where the device stands out now is on its 5G capabilities.
The device’s compatibility with 5G networks is something that makes it one of a kind. With it, you get the ability to roam globally on any 5G network across all countries. This will enable the user to be at peace because they will not have to worry about how their device will integrate into a 5G network of a different region when they travel. Those challenges were things of the past where early 5G devices were manufactured without bearing this in mind.
HMD Global was able to make all this possible through Qualcomm’s 5G RF Front end module which they incorporated with the Snapdragon 765G. The president of Qualcomm Europe Enrico Salvatori said that other phone companies were already using Snapdragon 765G, but Nokia had other ideas in mind which made them utilize this technology to their advantage to achieve this technological milestone. Nokia used them in Nokia 8.3 as an integrated platform instead, which have made them come out on top in the provision of 5G enabled devices.
The Chief executive officer of HMD Global, Florian Seiche, stressed that this was a new chapter for them as they take a big step in 5G Global roaming smartphones and with the combination with HMD Connect they were creating a seamless experience in terms of network connectivity. The HMD Global roaming services gives room for all their users in the word to benefit from free data as they are on transit while still being able to keep in tabs with their data plans.
The Nokia 8.3’s design was specifically implemented bearing in mind the need to support all the network frequency bands without many difficulties. According to Chief Product Officer Juho Sarvikas of HMD Global, this device incorporates all necessary bands from as low as 600MHz, to as high as 3GHz. What this means for users, is that when they are travelling to any part of the world, they will be able to jump to any available 5G Network at ease and continue surfing without any network problems.
In addition, the Chief Product Officer aired his expectation of these fascinating Nokia devices. He said that Nokia 8.3 is expected to be 40% faster on vital 5G network bandwidths on the Snapdragon 765 platform. This confidence is due to its capability to transition from 4G to 5G and vice-versa while still on the same bandwidth when it is looking for a more stable network connection.
After seeing what Nokia 8.3 can be able to achieve, we can say that HMD Global really did not come to play with its 5G approach. They manufactured something that will really make other players in the game on their toes in terms of global roaming capabilities. With this kind of technological innovation, other phone companies will need to either copy HMD’s approach, or engineer better approaches. What’s obvious, without any doubts is that Nokia will lead the way once 5G becomes a global standard. All we can do is wait and see. Meanwhile, you can pick up the Nokia 8.3 locally, and await 5G. The good thing is it will still be a good phone years from now thanks to HMD’s software and security updates guarantee.
|RRP. KES. 69,000
|6.81 inches IPS LCD 1080 x 2400 pixels, 20:9 ratio
64 MP, f/1.9, (wide), PDAF
12 MP, f/2.2, 13mm (ultrawide), AF
2 MP, (macro)
2 MP, (depth)
|24MP, f/2.0, (wide)
|Qualcomm SDM765 Snapdragon 765G (7 nm)
(Expandable with dedicated microSD card)
|Android 10.0, Android ONE
18W charging over USB Type-C
|2G, 3G, 4G
5G ( SA/NSA )
|Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
3.5mm audio jack
USB 2.0, Type-C 1.0, USB On-The-Go
|Side-mounted Fingerprint Scanner