Nokia is steadily expanding its 5G portfolio and its caretaker, HMD Global, just announced the new Nokia G300 smartphone. The Nokia G300 is the company's cheapest 5G phone yet. It belongs to the G-series that HMD debuted earlier this year as a 4G-only series, but later repurposed it to include low-cost 5G phones with the launch of the Nokia G50. The Nokia G300 is not a major departure from the rest of the Nokia phones, but a slight downgrade in specifications makes it ultra-affordable.
HMD recently sped up its launches to take on the competition. It launched the Nokia XR20, followed by the launch of the Nokia G50. The company even launched its first tablet called the Nokia T20, so HMD is making better efforts, but whether they will be enough for customers remains to be seen. Especially in India, HMD has not launched a single 5G phone yet, but it did confirm to me that the Nokia XR20 is coming soon. Whether the Nokia G50 and Nokia G300 will arrive is anyone's guess right now.
The Nokia G300 costs $199 for its only storage variant that comes in Meteor Grey colour. This translates to roughly Rs 15,000, but I am not too sure if HMD would ever launch this phone in India and at this price. The phone will go on sale starting October 19 in the US.
The Nokia G300 draws the same kind of power as the Nokia G50, or even the Nokia XR20, because it is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 processor. It is coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, but you can expand the storage if you need more. The phone has a 6.52-inch HD+ screen with an aspect ratio of 20:9 and a waterdrop-style notch. The design looks a bit dated with thick bezels all around, though. The Nokia G300 has a fingerprint sensor mounted on the power button on the side.
You get the Android 11 operating system on the Nokia G300, but HMD is promising at least two more years of Android version upgrades. However, since the phone is locked to Tracfone and Straight Talk Wireless, the carriers will manage updates on these phones. The phone has a large 4470mAh battery that the company claims will last two days on a single charge. That is good for people who are mostly commuting or working where charging the phone as frequently is not possible. There is 18W charging tech, so it should take less time to charge. There is also a 3.5mm headphone jack, FM radio, and even NFC for wireless sharing and payments.
The Nokia G300 brings a 16-megapixel rear camera that can click good photos. You have an option of a 5-megapixel ultrawide camera and a 2-megapixel depth-sensing camera to let you click group selfies and portrait shots, respectively. The phone can record up to 1080p 60fps videos, which is not bad for the price. The support for electronic image stabilisation (EIS) makes the deal sweeter. On the front, the Nokia G300 has an 8-megapixel selfie camera. The phone is 9.28mm thick.
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