The industry push for 5G to take over most of the world’s networks makes sense only if the majority of the world’s population has access to it. In addition to creating 5G accessible and affordable, it also necessitates the availability of 5G phones. There are almost an overwhelming number of 5G phones on the market today, with the majority of them being on the pricey side. HMD Global is now attempting to level the playing field with the Nokia G50, finally arriving in the United States.
Don’t be surprised if you get confused or even misleading results when searching for “Nokia G50” on the Internet. Motorola released the Moto G50 earlier this year, including 5G support in a lower mid-range phone. More than just the name, however, there are a few other similarities, which only adds to the confusion.
The Nokia G50, like the Moto G50, is powered by a Snapdragon 480, Qualcomm’s entry-level 5G chipset. It also comes with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of expandable storage. There’s also a 5,000 mAh battery on board, which should last for more than a day.
Some distinctions include the 6.82-inch HD+ display’s lack of support for a 90Hz refresh rate. A 5MP ultra-wide shooter and a 2MP depth sensor join the 48MP main camera, while the front camera only gets an 8MP sensor hidden behind a waterdrop notch. The cameras are arranged inside a circular bump that HMD Global seems to enjoy, leaving no room for a fingerprint scanner, which has been moved to the side, thankfully.
The Nokia G50 costs $299.99, which appears to be the industry standard for these entry-level 5G phones. It runs Android 11 and will receive two years of Android updates and three years of monthly security updates from HMD Global throughout its lifetime.