Nokia 8.3 5G 6.81 Inch Android UK SIM Free Smartphone with 5G Connectivity – 6 GB RAM and 64 GB Storage (Single SIM) – Polar Night

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Nokia 8.3 5G 6.81 Inch Android UK SIM Free Smartphone with 5G Connectivity – 6 GB RAM and 64 GB Storage (Single SIM) – Polar Night

Nokia 8.3 5G 6.81 Inch Android UK SIM Free Smartphone with 5G Connectivity – 6 GB RAM and 64 GB Storage (Single SIM) – Polar Night

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Lens flare and ghosting is an issue when shooting directly towards the sun. Unless you like the distortion, it's probably best not to point the camera straight towards strong light. This setup doesn't quite match the penta-lens array on the Nokia 9 PureView, but all the cameras will let you take shots that look good enough for sharing on social media. We found the main camera to take sharp and colorful images, but it never truly blew us away. As far as we can tell, the Portrait mode is the same image area as the standard lens - this is not a 2x telephoto lens. The affect of blur is seen live pre capture, which is really handy. Graphics processing was slightly more impressive, but yet again it paled in comparison to both the iPhone SE (2020) and OnePlus 8. Still, an average on-screen frame rate of 49fps in the GFXBench Manhattan 3 test isn’t bad by any stretch and it should do the job for most titles on the Play Store. The on-trend headline feature is in the phone's name - 5G connectivity. Of course, we're early days with the tech and coverage is limited, but offering the compatibility does 'future proof' the 8.3 5G for when the service is more readily available.

Nokia 8.3 5G review: a Bond phone with the Midas touch Nokia 8.3 5G review: a Bond phone with the Midas touch

Roaming: using your home data plan to roam in Zone A is included in all of our Pay Monthly plans. For roaming in other destinations, charges will apply depending on which plan you are on. Max brightness levels aren’t as good as you’ll find on some of the best Android phones, but they’re high enough to make sure the phone screen remains legible in everything but the brightest sunlight. All of the numbers are promising with the Nokia 8.3 5G; a quad camera, 64 megapixels pictures, 4K video with H-Log profile and DNG RAW capture. Yes, in the 8.3 5G there is a 'quad camera' with wide (primary), ultra-wide and macro lenses, plus a depth sensing lens. There has been further additions to video shooting too, with a new 'Cinema' mode.

There's a lot to like about the Nokia 8.3 5G. Of course, it is one of the most affordable 5G compatible phones. It also boasts a large display and eye-catching design. We love the 'Polar Night' finish on the rear. There's something to be understood with the numbers for photos. The regular resolution of the camera sensor is 16 megapixels (4608x3456), which is plenty enough for sharing any pictures on social media. That's a print size of 15.3x11.6in at 300ppi, again a decent size. We found the auto mode was capable of capturing nice-looking daytime shots in good lighting – you can see a variety of images in the camera samples section below. It’s easy to switch to the ultra-wide mode when you want to cram more into the frame, and image quality is similar to the main camera. Elsewhere, there’s a button on the left for calling up Google Assistant, which we’d rather do without, as we found ourselves pressing it accidentally (thankfully, you can turn it off). On the right, there are the usual volume buttons and an enlarged power button, which doubles up as the fingerprint reader.

Nokia 8.3 5G smartphone with 64MP quad camera Nokia 8.3 5G smartphone with 64MP quad camera

A few years ago the Nokia 8.3’s standard 60Hz rating would have been fine, but with key phones including the Pixel 5, Galaxy S20 FE, Moto G 5G Plus and Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro all featuring the tech it feels like an odd omission. By default, the phone is setup to have the volume control key work the camera shutter, though as always there is that shutter option on screen too. Whether holding the phone single-handed or firmly with both, the camera shutter action seems comfortable. As a piece of hardware it doesn’t have all the next generation bells and whistles seen on its competitors. Likewise, the screen is bright enough for sunny days, with a measured maximum luminance of 591cd/m² with the automatic brightness setting engaged and a torch aimed at the phone’s ambient light sensor at the top of the screen. Nokia 8.3 5G review: Performance and battery lifeIt’s only available in one color – a blue shade which HMD Global calls Polar Night. It's a unique finish that we found gave the phone an eye-catching look. The phone comes loaded with a quad-sensor rear camera that combines 64MP wide, 12 MP, ultrawide, MP, macro and 2 MP depth parts. As is the case on most phones at this price, the latter two sensors are fairly useless and don’t have any real impact on image quality if you use the out of the box settings. The maximum resolution is for the standard 1.0x lens. The ultra-wide lens is nearer 12 megapixels (4608x2596 pixels) while the macro lens is a paltry 2 megapixels (1600x1200 pixels). That 64 megapixels is activated manually in the Pro photo mode only and creates huge images at 30.7x23.0in (9216x6912 pixels). Portrait mode works well and we like the degree of customisation regarding blur effect. More serious image makers can also enjoy manual exposure control and RAW format in the Pro photo mode. Resolution for each lens varies. The primary lens is 16MP, the ultra wide is 12MP, the macro lens is 2MP, while the depth sensor is 2MP too.

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