Nokia 8.3 5G Review
Nokia 8.3 5G: is it worth your purchase?
Though less than perfect, the Nokia 8.3 offers something unique for mid-range mobile buyers interested in videography. Battery life is great all day long, and it has a large screen and a good set of cameras.
- Battery duration
- Big screen with great vibrancy
- Professional video recording functions
- The plastic frame
- Processor performance
Retail price (RRP)
From £ 499 (around $ 641)
Nokia 8.3 5G Review
The Nokia 8.3 5G was initially introduced as Nokia’s first 5G smartphone in March 2020, but it has taken the smartphone giant months to start commercializing it.
In this way, the terminal was innovative at the beginning of the year, but since then, we have seen revelations of great impact such as the OnePlus Nord, the Pixel 4A or even the iPhone SE within this range. So is the Nokia 8.3 5G still competitive in the mid-range?
With a big screen, Zeiss-designed cameras, and an all-day battery, there’s certainly a lot to like about the Nokia 8.3 5G, but it’s not the perfect smartphone experience.
Striking Nordic design
We start from the fact that the Nokia 8.3 5G is not radically different in design from other Nokia models of recent years, but that is not a bad thing. With its Nordic phone design, the Nokia 8.3 5G is simplistic while providing a more premium feel to the phone.
The back of the phone is eye-catching, with its glass back protected by Corning’s 3D Gorilla Glass, adding to the premium feel while maintaining the refractive effect of light.
The company has tried to recreate the effect of the Northern Lights on the back of the smartphone. It is not as impressive as seeing the effect live and in person, but the refraction of the light is unique and striking, with a different effect each time you move the terminal.
Nokia this time removes the presence of the fingerprint from its central rear, but you will still find a circular camera unit that protrudes from the surface of the terminal. The finishes are more attractive than in previous generations.
The Nokia 8.3 5G has a USB-C port for charging, a 3.5mm headphone jack, a power button on the side with an integrated fingerprint scanner, and the inclusion of a dedicated button to launch the Google Assistant.
We disagree that it is necessary to offer a dedicated button for this purpose, especially if it is not a Google Pixel model, with the incentive that you will not be able to reassign the use you make of the button, for example, to open the function of camera.
We assume that it is a mobile with a large screen. Specifically, with a diagonal of 6.81 inches, which makes it even larger than the iPhone 12 Pro Max. The aspect ratio is 20: 9 making it somewhat easier to operate with one hand.
However, it is an almost frameless screen, with a FullHD + resolution of 2400 x 1080 pixels and Nokia’s PureDisplay technology. It’s a strong point, with vibrant display and accurate color reproduction.
Nokia phones have for years had the exclusive technology to modify the color tone through the ‘Settings’ application. Although not as effective as the screen refresh rate many now have, it is a good implementation.
Approved in performance
Under the hood of the Nokia 8.3 5G we find Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 765G processor along with an amount of 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage. You will also find it in a configuration of 8 and 128 GB respectively, depending on the variant. We have a microSD reader for expansion.
Although it is not the most advanced Snapdragon 865 or 865+, present in the flagship phones of 2020, we have seen that the 765G is still a great processor in phones like the OnePlus Nord, the Motorola Edge, or the newcomer OnePlus 8T.
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This chip also provides 5G connectivity as standard and support for 5G NSA / SA and DSS modes. It should not be surprising then that it works without problems in any geographical area.
This power gives it enough performance to record 4K video, play a quick Call of Duty Mobile game, or carry out a variety of tasks simultaneously. Nokia is confident in its capabilities by including a video editor for 4K images that works very well.
This is corroborated by some of our benchmarks taken from benchmark tests, where we found that it is not a flagship level, but it is certainly enough for the vast majority of users to use it.
Battery life is one area where Nokia tends to excel as a general rule, and that doesn’t seem to change in the new Nokia 8.3 5G model, which has a 4,500 mAh capacity with a decent size that will get you going for a full day of use.
It’s not powerful enough to last beyond two full days of use before recharging, but those are good times. You will certainly have longer usage time than a user with a similarly priced iPhone SE can have.
When it’s time to charge, the Nokia 8.3 5G’s 18W fast charging support helps you do it quickly. We managed to reach 34% charge in just over half an hour using the charger supplied by Nokia, something that is far from what the OnePlus or Realme phones offer.
There’s no wireless charging available either, but that’s not a surprise in this price range – pretty much only the iPhone SE offers wireless charging at a price of less than € 500.
When it comes to connectivity, with the Nokia 8.3 5G you get 5G cellular connectivity along with Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac, and NFC compatibility to use alongside payment apps like Google Pay.
We’ve already mentioned the Nokia 8.3 5G’s screen benefits, but the real focus here is on the camera settings. The star of the show is a 64 MP Zeiss Optics sensor, complete with an aperture of f / 1.89.
It is not the first time that Nokia has partnered with Zeiss on smartphone cameras, but this is a notable improvement on the lens that is featured in models like the ones we saw in previous years, the Nokia 9 PureView
Photos taken by the main camera are accurate and vivid in colors, as well as ensuring uniform exposure. There are also noticeable details in the shaded areas.
It’s fast enough to ensure a good point-and-shoot experience, although HDR takes a fraction of a second to process, and that can turn into a ghost image if you’re taking a photo of a very fast-moving subject.
Still, when used appropriately, the offered HDR significantly improves the dynamic range of photos, capturing detail in both light areas and those that are darker and dimmer.
Something similar happens with the secondary 12 MP 120-degree ultra-wide camera. Although not as capable as the main one, the wide-angle effect is impressive and there is no noticeable distortion unlike some competitors at this price.
The photos are just as vivid and there is still a great level of definition. You’ll also find a 2 MP macro lens to take close-up images from 4 cm away, and a 2 MP depth sensor to help improve the accuracy of Portrait mode shots.
Although the latter has a debatable benefit, the 2 MP macro, like those of almost all mid-range mobiles, plays a negligible role in camera settings, with a noticeable decrease in quality compared to other sensors. .
It can also capture low-light photos, thanks to the 2.8μm endowments on the main sensor, and it does a surprisingly decent job.
It’s not on the same level as what you’ll find on the Pixel 5 or iPhone 12 Pro Max, but it captures low-light environments quite well; you just have to make sure you stay still during the moments that the capture is carried out.
Flip the phone over and you’ll find a hole-punch camera built into the screen. It’s a 24MP Zeiss-designed lens, and it’s certainly detailed enough to take selfies and even vlog video at 2K @ 60fps, a resolution not offered by the lenses on the rear.
Professional quality video
With such a high quality main camera offering, it’s no surprise that Nokia invested in the Nokia 8.3 5G’s video offering. In addition to the standard video modes available (4K @ 30fps), Nokia included Cinema Capture and Editor software from Zeiss.
Cinema camera mode lets you capture video at 21: 9 using the main or ultra-wide lenses, just like Hollywood movies, and you even have the option to shoot in H-Log format to capture a wider dynamic range.
It works well as it is notable for being able to capture more detail in darker areas compared to a non-H-log clip, but the benefits of bright areas are minimal.
The editor allows you to edit the colors of the video, as well as add anamorphic effects and blue light flashes in the style of a movie, to help add a professional look to the videos recorded with the phone.
Regarding the EIS stabilizer that the Nokia 8.3 5G offers, although it is not optically stabilized, the phone does an impressive job of stabilizing the video using artificial intelligence, providing a smoother shot in different environments.
It is not free of vibrations, with the occasional shaking when filming while walking, but it is certainly smooth and stable most of the time, something that is not the case with other phones in this range.
If you’re interested in photography or videography, but can’t afford the high-end Sony Xperia 1 II with its professional photo and video modes, the Nokia 8.3 5G is a much cheaper and more capable alternative.
Pure Android software
Nokia is proud to offer the Android One experience, a free version of Android with very few user interface tweaks. It is essentially stock Android, although for now Android 10, rather than the newer Android 11.
Nokia guarantees two years of operating system updates and three years of monthly security updates, which is a welcome factor in a world where Android phones tend to get a single operating system update. If anything.
The software is clean, and aside from the necessary adjustments in the camera’s UI for Cinema shooting mode, you’ll have a hard time telling the differences in results between it and a Google Pixel.
It’s a refreshing change from other alternatives on the market like EMUI, OxygenOS, and other Android skins, and the lack of bloatware is always welcome.
There are a few bugs these days, including a bug that turns on the screen when the phone is to your ear during a call, resulting in you being able to carry out screen tapping errors, but it is somewhat fixable with an update.
Price and where to buy
Nokia already has the new model for sale in our country, with a recommended price of € 499 for the model with 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage.
If you choose to purchase it with an operator, Vodafone has been the first to announce it with a polar night color finish at a price of € 579 for the same configuration. In the event that you opt for the superior 8 GB and 128 GB of storage, the price stands at € 649.
The mid-range smartphone is a tremendously competitive market at the moment, with the Nokia 8.3 5G arriving at a time when others like the impressive OnePlus Nord with its 120 Hz AMOLED screen, or the very iPhone SE and its technology of waterproofing and wireless charging.
Although it does not have the best display technology or the latest flagship processor, the Nokia 8.3 5G is an extremely attractive mid-range smartphone, especially those with a special knack for photography and videography in particular.
Its rear camera suite is fascinating, with a large 6.81-inch FHD + screen and a clean and pure version of the Android 10 operating system, but it’s the Zeiss cameras that really get our attention.
The Zeiss-designed 64 MP main sensor is a vast improvement over other recent Zeiss implementations within the Nokia range, as it produces detailed and well-balanced photos, and the 120-degree FOV of the 12 MP ultra-wide offers a spectacular angle.
If that’s not enough, the Nokia 8.3 5G offers a dedicated Cinema video mode that lets you record up to 4K at 30 fps in 21: 9 format with optional H-Log capabilities and other visual effects to help improve the overall quality of your footage. videos.
Sadly, there are no OIS, but the EIS is among the most stable we’ve seen on mid-range smartphones lately.
Combine this with two years of Android OS updates and all-day battery life, and you’ve got yourself a great 5G smartphone. Too bad that for now, it is difficult for you to buy it in our country.
- 6.81-inch FHD + LCD (1080 x 2400)
- Gorilla Glass protection with 3D protection
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G chip
- 6 or 8 GB RAM configuration
- 64 or 128 GB storage with microSD
- Rear cameras:
- Zeiss 64Mp f / 1.89 optics,
- 120 degree 12 MP and f.2.2 ultra wide angle,
- 2 MP macro lens
- 2 MP depth sensor
- Zeiss Optics 24MP f / 2.0 front camera
- Records 4K cinema video at 30 fps at 21: 9 and H-Log recording
- 4,500 mAh battery with 18 W fast charge
- Pure Android 10
- 5G connectivity and Bluetooth 5.0
- Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac and NFC
- Dimensions 171.90 x 78.56 x 8.99 mm
- 220 gram weight