Nokia Mobile announced for the second time its affordable flagship Nokia 8.3 5G. In the meantime, Samsung launched the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G. If you compare these two smartphones, you can immediately see the difference an investment of a few million makes. The price may not be as similar for these two phones, but it is pretty close as Nokia 8.3 will cost around 650 euros while the similar configuration of the S20 FE 5G will cost around 730 euros. What I can’t believe is that wireless charging, 4.5W reverse wireless charging, IP68 water resistance, OIS in the main camera, Snapdragon 865, AMOLED display with a refresh rate of 120Hz and fast charging at 25W only Cost 80 € more. If you opt for the LTE version of S20 FE, the price drops to around 630 euros, which is the price of 8.3. Then you have to wonder if Nokia 8.3 is worth buying.
The Redditor did a nice comparison between the affordable flagship phones from Nokia and Samsung that you can check out below.
The real question is whether Nokia Mobile can finally develop a smartphone that is at least close to this year’s affordable Samsung flagship, and whether this will be the ultimate Nokia flagship, or whether it can beat Samsung in some features. If the difference between the affordable flagship phones is that big, I fear that the difference between the real flagship phones will be even bigger. That definitely won’t increase Nokia phone sales.
The solution to this problem could be to significantly lower the price or change the naming scheme of current Nokia devices. For example, if Nokia 7.3, which was recently leaked, could become Nokia 6.3 and keep the planned price of 6.3 it could help a little. The other solution could be to reduce the number of smartphones developed each year, which could save Nokia Mobile costs and convert cash flow into better projects that could bring profit to the company and add value to the brand. In any case, a reset is required in the operation of the Nokia Mobile and I hope the money from Google, Qualcomm, Nokia and others can help there.
Nokia phones are beautifully designed and well built, but the hardware specs almost always feel like annual tech and people see that. The first few reviews of Nokia 8.3 5G are a bit positive, and the phone seems capable, but S20 FE seems to be more capable. But since the difference between manufacturers’ fortunes is huge, is the difference between their affordable flagships justified?