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First Nokia 5G-ready phone now available

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The Nokia 8.3 5G, alongside the Nokia 2.4 and the Nokia 3.4.
The Nokia 8.3 5G, alongside the Nokia 2.4 and the Nokia 3.4.

HMD Global has officially launched the first Nokia 5G-ready phone − the Nokia 8.3 5G − alongside the budget Nokia 2.4 and the midrange Nokia 3.4.

The Finnish company that operates the Nokia mobile phone business officially announced the three phones in a live virtual event from Finland yesterday, live-streamed on YouTube.

Previously announced in March, the Nokia 8.3 5G went on sale globally as of yesterday, starting at an average price of €599 (around R12 000). It is claimed to be the first smartphone that is compatible with all existing 5G bands, through its ability to condense more than 40 different radio-frequency components into a single module.

It runs on Android One and is powered by the Qualcomm 765G System-on-Chip.

The device features a PureView quad-camera with ZEISS optics, giving the user immersive movie-like shots with ZEISS cinema effects and OZO audio.

According to HMD, the Nokia 8.3 5G is the ideal smartphone for those who want to elevate their creativity, as it comes with a 6.81-inch screen and a PureDisplay technology for creators and gamers alike.

Its 4 500mAh battery allows fast charging and lasts for two days. It comes with a 3.5mm headphone jack and a side-mounted fingerprint sensor integrated with the power button.

All Nokia 8.3 5G owners will receive a free six-month trial of Google One, a subscription cloud service developed by Google that offers an additional 100GB of online storage across Google Drive, Gmail and Google Photos.

The Nokia 8.3 5G is designed to support multiple 5G networks.
The Nokia 8.3 5G is designed to support multiple 5G networks.

The next-generation Nokia 2 − the Nokia 2.4 − includes emerging technologies like advanced artificial intelligence (AI), an imaging camera to give users a high-quality night mode, a portrait editor and a 6.5-inch HD+ display.


Its two-day battery life allows users to enjoy their favourite apps and games for longer. The Nokia 2.4 comes with three years of monthly security updates and two years of OS updates, meaning it’s ready for Android 11 and 12.

HMD’s Nokia devices have built a strong name in the budget and midrange phones vertical, with a market share that continues to rise steadily globally.

“It’s no secret that consumers around the world have become more mindful about their spending and are opting for less expensive, more long-lasting products from brands they know and trust,” says Juho Sarvikas, chief product officer and VP of North America, HMD Global.

“It’s therefore more crucial than ever that our products stand the test of time – and our commitment to delivering reliable and trustworthy Nokia phones remains unswerving. That’s why we’re broadening our entry-level smartphone family with the new Nokia 3.4 and Nokia 2.4, offering reliable software and hardware that Nokia phone fans have come to know and love.”

The Nokia 2.4 is available for pre-order from Amazon starting today for $139 (R2 400). 

The Nokia 2.4.
The Nokia 2.4.

The new Nokia 3.4 offers a performance upgrade due to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 460 Mobile Platform, which gives users more power to get the best out of their phone, according to HMD.

It has a 6.39-inch HD screen with a punch-hole front camera and a triple rear camera with an ultra-wide lens and AI imaging.

The Nokia 3.4 comes with Android 10 OS and the Nokia smartphone Android promise of years of security and software upgrades.

It features a dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by), a Li-Po 4 000mAh, non-removable battery which has a two-day battery life and an internal 64GB 3GB RAM.

It is available in green, blue and black for pre-order from Amazon starting today from $177 (R3 000).

The Nokia 3.4.
The Nokia 3.4.
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