The cost of getting 5G is low, but there is a cost to be paid.
Similarly priced to the Nokia G50 (sub-$300/£200), the Nokia G50 has 5G and is distinguished by its solid build quality and uncluttered software. However, in order to achieve those next-generation network speeds, it makes a number of significant concessions, as do its direct competitors. You should really consider how valuable 5G is to you before making a purchase decision on any of these phones, but if you do, the Nokia G50 will not let you down.
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Similarly to the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 5G and Realme 8 5G that came before it, the Nokia G50 is a 5G-ready smartphone that is available for a very low price. And, like the two phones that came before it, the Nokia G50 has to make a few concessions in order to meet its demanding specifications.
Compromises include a large and bright LCD display that, while large and bright, can only display a 720p resolution and a 60Hz refresh rate at the most. It’s hardly the most impressive display for all of the media content that will be streamed over 5G.
Those 5G capabilities, on the other hand, are becoming increasingly important as time goes on. There is now a legitimate use case for affordable phones that can access broadband-like speeds while out and about, especially in and around urban areas, as 5G connectivity becomes more widely available, particularly in and around urban centres.
This does, however, appear to be a somewhat specialised situation. The question is, how many people with such a limited smartphone budget will have the kind of data allowance that will allow them to take advantage of 5G’s data-hungry characteristics?
When it comes to general-purpose tasks, a Snapdragon 480 5G chipset is adequate, but it may prove to be a bottleneck when it comes to accessing a high-quality 5G connection.
However, the Nokia G50’s primary camera is competent and capable of taking decent 48MP photos, despite the fact that its supplementary sensors are not up to par. To be fair, it’s the same old storey about a low-cost phone.
The Nokia G50, on the other hand, performs admirably when it comes to battery life. With a 5,000mAh battery and relatively low-cost components (with the exception of the 5G modem), you can get two days of usage out of a single charge under normal or moderate circumstances.
That the charger included in the box does not support 18W charging is a disappointment, as it feels a little deceptive given the promise of 18W charging support made by the phone itself. Regardless, it’s difficult to pierce the phone’s resistance to wear and tear.
Additionally, this is a very well-built phone, with a metal frame and a luxurious smooth-touch plastic back cover. Its thick and unusually heavy body makes it difficult to transport, so this comes at the expense of portability.
When it comes to software, Nokia’s typically solid offering is always welcome, with an attractive stock UI and a two-year Android update guarantee. The Nokia G50, along with the Moto G50, stands out in a market crowded with ugliness-inducing custom user interfaces.
In the end, the Nokia G50 is an excellent choice for anyone looking to prioritise 5G connectivity while staying within a $300/£200/AU$450 price range. However, it is far from being the only option in this particular sub-category, and it does not really distinguish itself from its similarly equipped competitors.
Nokia G50 release date and price are $299.99/£199/AU$449, with varying amounts of storage space available.
The film is currently available in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia.
The Nokia G50 is now available for purchase in the United Kingdom for £199, which includes 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. In the United States and Australia, a model with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage is available for $299.99/AU$449, respectively.
In any case, this is a very reasonable price for a 5G smartphone. It is not, however, particularly inexpensive.
The Realme 8 5G, the Redmi Note 10 5G, and the Moto G50, among other devices, have all managed to pull off the same trick in 2021. If you’re looking to prioritise 5G but don’t want to spend a lot of money, you have a lot of options.
Chassis that is thick and heavy
Materials that are considered to be of high quality
Since assuming control of Nokia’s smartphone business, HMD Global has worked hard to maintain the brand’s reputation for producing high-quality, dependable products. The Nokia G50 is unquestionably a continuation of this trend.
It’s a very well-built device for the money, with a metal frame and a rear cover that’s pleasingly soft to the touch and gently curved to provide a pleasant user experience.
As nice as that rear cover looks and feels right out of the box, its subtle sheen, combined with the glowing Ocean Blue colour of our model (you can also get it in Midnight Sun), makes it extremely susceptible to sweaty fingerprints.
The Nokia G50 has a few characteristics in common with other recent Nokia phones, one of which is its size. A big boy indeed, with a footprint of 173.8 x 70.7mm and a substantial thickness of 8.9mm, it’s a powerful machine. Meanwhile, the phone weighs a whopping 220g, which is quite shocking.
If you want to compare it to some of its competitors, the Realme 8 5G weighs 185g, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 5G weighs 190g, and the Motorola Moto G50 weighs 192g, respectively. It’s a significant difference, and it’s one that doesn’t reflect well on the Nokia phone.
It’s not that the Nokia G50 is a pain to hold or use. In addition to using premium-feeling materials, the manufacturer has chosen the location of the buttons with great care.
Because it is located halfway up the right edge of the device, it is very easy to reach the power button, which also happens to be home to a quick and reliable fingerprint sensor. It is also situated in a slight incline, making it easy to distinguish from the volume rocker located above it.
It appears that HMD Global has once again included a dedicated Google Assistant button on the phone’s opposite edge, which feels completely superfluous. However, the 3.5mm headphone jack is a welcome addition to the top edge of the device.
The display’s 6.82-inch LCD is large and bright, but its 720p resolution is less than ideal.
Only a 60Hz refresh rate is available.
The Nokia G50’s display is enormous by almost any standard, and it is especially so in portrait mode. It is even larger than super-flagship behemoths such as the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra and the iPhone 13 Pro Max, which both measure 6.82 inches.
Those were the first and last times we were able to compare such phones to the Nokia G50 in good conscience, and we believe they were the last. Aside from brightness, where the Nokia G50 achieves a respectable 450 nits in typical usage, the phone is found to be lacking in almost every aspect that matters to the average user.
This is an IPS LCD display, and it isn’t a particularly vibrant example of the technology at work here either. When viewed on the Nokia G50, content has a slightly washed-out, faded appearance, with slightly orangey reds and pale greens – at least when compared to an OLED display, of course.
More problematic is the fact that it doesn’t get nearly as sharp as it should, which is exacerbated by the large canvas size used. With a resolution of 720 x 1560, also known as HD+ or 720p, it produces a pitiful 252 pixels per inch, which is below the industry standard.
Another step backwards is the inclusion of a 60Hz refresh rate, which is a bare minimum. Scrolling through the content is sluggish and blurry in this environment.
This is also not an elitist point to make. Despite the fact that the Realme 8 5G, the Redmi Note 10 5G, and the Moto G50, all of which have a similar price for their 5G packages, all manage to include a high refresh rate of 90Hz with their displays.
If you’re willing to forego 5G, you can even increase the frame rate to 120Hz with the Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC, or you can use the Realme 8 to access OLED panel technology.
Other than that, the Nokia G50 has a fairly standard 19.5:9 aspect ratio, which means that widescreen movie content will fit quite well in landscape mode. The teardrop notch that cuts into the top of the screen, which seems a little dated in these days of punch-hole cut-outs, will have to suffice for now.
The 48MP main sensor performs admirably….
The tone and detail of a 5MP ultra-wide camera are horribly off.
The Nokia G50 comes with a triple camera system that isn’t really a triple camera system, which is a trend that has become somewhat frustrating in recent years for cheaper phones. It’s a dual camera system, but only to a certain extent.
The 48MP wide sensor with an f/1.8 aperture is the star of the show, and it is a respectable sensor. This is supported by a 5MP ultra-wide and a 2MP depth assistant, both of which are significantly less than the main camera. The latter, on the other hand, isn’t really a camera in and of itself.
The 8MP front-facing camera, which is tucked away in the aforementioned teardrop notch, is in charge of taking selfies.
In terms of image quality, the 48MP main sensor delivers good results, with pixel-binning techniques producing crisp, bright 12MP images. Snapshots appear to be fairly natural, and the auto-HDR implementation is effective in keeping extremes on a level keel.
When the Nokia G50 is exposed to more challenging conditions, however, it begins to suffer. Even indoor shots taken in good lighting contain a significant amount of grain, and Night Mode shots lack detail even when the light is reasonably bright. Of course, there is a significant lack of optical image stabilisation (OIS) here, which is something you don’t typically find in such low-cost phones.