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Nokia 8.3 5G is going for a $120 discount on Amazon
by Jay Bonggolto
Amazon is offering the Nokia 8.3 5G with a $120 discount right now. The phone is going for $579, down from its original retail price of $699.
For that price, you'll get 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The device comes in Polar Night and it is unlocked for all carriers.
Announced in March of last year alongside the Nokia 5.3 and Nokia 1.3, the Nokia 8.3 5G was the first device to use Qualcomm's 5G RF Front end module. It's powered by a Snapdragon 765 SoC and sports a 6.81-inch FullHD+ PureDisplay.
On its back, it has a PureView quad-camera setup with a 64MP main sensor and ZEISS branding. The camera module is housed in a circular bump with Nokia's logo to its south. It's backed up by a 4,500mAh battery.
The device was launched in the U.S. in the fall of 2020 a few months after its debut in Europe, where it is available with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage in addition to the higher memory configuration. If you want to snap up the phone today, the Nokia 8.3 5G is available to purchase for $579 via Amazon.
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Nokia 5.4 is HMD's latest mid-ranger, packing a Snapdragon 662 for €189
by João Carrasqueira
After introducing the entry-level Nokia C1 Plus just yesterday, HMD Global is now back with a new mid-range model, the Nokia 5.4. The Finnish company has been refreshing some of its smartphones multiple times throughout the year, with the Nokia 5.3 announced just a few months ago.
The Nokia 5.4 curiously packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 chipset, which is an apparent downgrade from the Snapdragon 665 of its predecessor. Based on Qualcomm's spec sheet, though, the Snapdragon 662 does have a better image signal processor, promising zero shutter lag and support for 48MP cameras.
That's exactly what HMD is promising for the Nokia 5.4, which is likely to be an advantage for most users. There's also support for 60FPS recording, as well as a 24FPS cinematic mode, which can record video in the typical 21:9 format of theater movies, plus "professional color grading". The rest of the camera setup includes a 5MP ultra-wide camera, a 2MP depth sensor, and a 2MP macro camera. Over on the front, there's a 16MP camera.
The 6.53-inch display comes in at HD+ resolution in the 19.5:9 aspect ratio, and it has a punch-hole front-facing camera. The Nokia 5.4 also has a 4,000mAh battery, which HMD says should last up to two days on a charge or, as the company puts it, 42 commutes (assuming an average 67-minute commute). The battery only charges at 10W, however. In terms of software, the phone is running Android 11, and as usual, the company promises two years of major software updates and three years of security updates.
The Nokia 5.4 is available now in select markets for €189. It comes with Polar Night (blue) and Dusk (pink) colors.
Nokia announces affordable Nokia C1 Plus for €69
by Paul Hill
Nokia has announced its lowest cost 4G smartphone, the C1 Plus. For the low €69 cost, users get a 2,500mAh battery, 4G, and a large, crisp HD+ screen. The device is ideal for those on a budget want a modern Android experience, free of bloatware.
The specifications for the new device are as follows:
Operating system: Android 10 (Go edition) RAM: 1GB DDR3 CPU: Quad-Core 1.4GHz SIM card: Dual and Single SIM models available, Nano SIM Sensors: Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer (G-sensor) Rear camera: 5MP with flash Front camera: 5MP with flash Battery: 2,500 mAh, removable Storage: 16GB, MicroSD card slot supports up to 128GB Display: 5.45” HD+ in-cell, 18:9 Connectors: 3.5mm headphone jack, Micro USB charging Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.2, GPS/AGPS, Wifi 802.11 b/g/n The Nokia C1 Plus comes with a solid polycarbonate body that the Finnish firm says makes the device more durable. To further boost the security and convenience of the device, users can enable face unlock which lets you get past the lock screen just by letting the phone see your face. As the device ships with Android 10 (Go edition), there is more space reserved for your content but you’ll still probably want to be careful as 16GB of storage is not very much.
Commenting on the new product, Juho Sarvikas, Chief Product Officer and Vice President of North America, HMD Global, said:
The device isn’t available to purchase just yet but will go on sale at some point this month and will be available in just two colours; red and blue. Nokia didn’t mention whether it'll provide further OS updates for this device as it does with some of its others but it’s probably a lower priority than their more expensive products.
Nokia to lead EU's 6G research project Hexa-X
by Paul Hill
Nokia has announced that it has been selected as the project leader for Hexa-X, the European Union’s main 6G research project. 6G is probably about a decade away from commercial availability but the creation of Hexa-X is a big step towards that end.
Nokia and the rest of the Hexa-X consortium, which includes Ericsson, have identified six research challenges that need to be addressed to create the technical foundation of 6G, they include:
The Hexa-X project was awarded funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program and has been described by Nokia as a “significant step toward bringing together key industry stakeholders in Europe to take the lead in advancing 6G.” The new project is expected to begin its work on January 1, 2021, and will run until the middle of 2023.
In addition to Hexa-X, Nokia is also involved with other European 6G research projects such as 6Genesis and Horizon Europe Smart Networks and Services. The latter project is very important for the EU as it will help the bloc get ahead with regards to the development and deployment of 6G networks.
Nokia research says 5G is 90% more energy-efficient than 4G
by Paul Hill
A new study conducted by Nokia and Telefonica has found that 5G networks are up to 90% more efficient than 4G networks. The findings were the result of a three-month study which looked at the power consumption of the Radio Access Network (RAN) in Telefonica’s network.
The two firms were keen to highlight that although 5G networks will dramatically increase network traffic, it will not lead to a rise in energy consumption at the same rate, which they say shows their commitment to climate change.
Despite the positive results, Nokia admits that 5G networks still require further action to make them more energy-efficient and to reduce their CO2 emissions. It said existing energy-saving features at the radio base station and network levels like 5G power-saving features, small cell deployments, and new 5G architecture and protocols can “significantly improve” energy efficiency of wireless networks when they’re combined.
The study used solutions from Nokia’s AirScale portfolio including AirScale Base Stations and AirScale Massive MIMO Active Antenna solutions. Commenting on the hardware and study President of Mobile Networks at Nokia Tommi Uitto said:
Both of the firms say they’re committed to limiting global warming to 1.5C. Nokia, in particular, said that it will be decreasing its emissions from its operations by 41% by 2030 and that it has helped customers who modernised their base stations to use 46% less energy. Last year, the firm said that it delivered zero-emission products to over 150 customers worldwide; this should help cut a lot of CO2 emissions that would have otherwise been produced.