In late March this year, Nokia Mobile held a virtual launch event on which the company announced the first Nokia 5G Android smartphone, the Nokia 8.3 5G. The 8.3 was presented as a good-looking device, with decent specifications and the attractive Polar Night color option. The thing that wasn’t announced was the exact availability. Instead, Nokia Mobile said the device will be available in Summer for a global average price of 599 euro.
Ready for 5G? The soon available Nokia 8.3 5G allows you to play games without distraction, stream films and share content – all in 5G 👊 pic.twitter.com/mjXeilVxeh
It’s been a good two months since the launch event, so many interested buyers are wondering where the device is, but Summer starts next month and according to some teasers on social media, we might see the Nokia 8.3 5G available in some markets during June. We even heard from some retailers that they expect the device around June/July, but they are not sure considering plans can change.
In a normal situation a 3 month delay between announcement and launch of a device would make the phone mostly obsolete on arrival on today’s competitive smartphone market, but the COVID-19 pandemic did cause supply chain disruptions so the delays are understandable. It’s also good to note that other companies did handle their logistics better and quickly launched devices they announced in the past month.