China has proved to be a tough market for HMD Global to crack in. After making an abrupt exit from the smartphone market in 2019, the company re-entered China with the Nokia C3 in 2020. Since then, it has announced a total of three entry-level smartphones from the C-series.
Now, Nokia Mobile seems to be taking a step further by venturing into the mid-range segment of 5G phones. TENAA has approved the upcoming Nokia G50, which will become the first 5G Nokia phone in China. The real-life pictures are not yet visible, but the phone will be available in Sea Blue and Dawn (Midnight Sun) colours.
The certification also revealed some more specifications about the device. Nokia G50, with its 6.82-inch HD+ (1640 x 720 p) IPS LCD screen, packs an even larger display than the X-series phones. The device will be a bit hefty at 220 g, and its dimensions measure 173.83 x 77.68 × 8.85 mm. As revealed in the US certification, the battery capacity is 4850 mAh which should be paired with a 10 W charger.
Its processor (possibly Snapdragon 480 5G) is clocked at 2 GHz. In terms of the cameras, it houses a 48 MP rear camera alongside two more cameras of unknown resolution and an 8 MP front-facing camera. It will support video recording at 720 p.
Funnily enough, the certification states that the RAM option will not be limited to 4 GB, but it also includes 2 GB, 6 GB, and 8 GB, which seems to be a mistake at their end. Even some internal storage options seem to be incorrect as none of the Nokia smartphones have featured more than 128 GB of internal storage till now.
As per the retailers, the confirmed memory variants are 4/64 GB and 4/128 GB.
The supported bands in China are:
- GSM: 900, 1800 (MHz)
- WCDMA: 1, 8
- LTE: 1, 3, 5, 8, 39, 40, 41
- 5G: (SA – 28), (NSA – 41, 78)
The Chinese smartphone market is very competitive as companies focus on the price to specifications ratio a lot, and hence the pricing of the Nokia G50 will be crucial. Also, China may not get the Nokia G50 at the same time as the global announcement. As per an HMD Global employee, the company is eyeing the Double 11 (November 11) festival for the launch.