With the G50, Nokia seriously seems to have gone all out ambitious. The promise is incredible… the Nokia G50 is a 5G touting smartphone with a 2 day battery life, 6.82” HD+ display and a 48MP triple-lens camera with AI smarts. All at a rather incredibly affordable AED 969.
To start off, there’s few things fancy in the G50 5G’s design aesthetic, the device stays true to the brand’s minimalistic Finnish roots, with an easy-on-the-eye approach and simple contours. That said, it’s got a metal finish, a rarity among for a budget device at this price point. Mind you, this is a rather heavy device at 220g, which interestingly is a plus point for me personally, the combination of an almost 7” display, heavy body and that legendary toughness. On its right side, the Nokia G50 has a handy fingerprint sensor embedded into its power button.
Put the device on, and fitting in with Nokia’s focus on providing long-term software updates for its devices, the version of Android it presents on the G50 is both clean and somewhat sparse. The number of duplicate apps are certainly less cluttered than what certain Korean brands push in, but one could also feel a lack of personality. That could be an issue, given that Nokia expects you to keep this Android 11-running phone for longer and is committed to providing two years of OS updates and three years of security updates.
Which brings us to an interesting strategy that Nokia have taken. Typically a manufacturer will put higher-calibre processors in its more expensive smartphone offerings; however, the Finnish firm has done quite the opposite. From the G50, through the X10 and the X20, all devices share the Snapdragon 480 chipset at their core.
This is far from the most powerful option produced by Qualcomm, and while one could argue that other handset manufacturers are equipping their phones with more power, this makes sense. From the perspective of providing long-term software updates, utilising the same chipset ensures far greater consistency across devices.
Of course, as an end user, you lose out. While standard browsing and productivity tools are a whizz, getting into PUBG mode ensures quite a few lapses in fluidity, so to speak.
So what about that proud icon of Nokia, the camera, distinguishable by that iconic circular array of three rear cameras on the back of the phone. This could be a budget phone, but Nokia have not compromised on photography — at least not on the main 48-megapixel wide camera. It also has a 5-megapixel ultrawide camera, 2-megapixel depth camera, as well as a front 8-megapixel wide camera embedded into the bezel of the display.
And that’s pleasantly surprising, for the main camera, with its wide lens, f/1.8 aperture and auto phase detection autofocus, can capture some detailed shots during the day. The 5-megapixel ultrawide camera proved an interesting find in terms of daylight photography too. Come to night shots, and there were a few issues with saturation. Of course, the good daylight shots made up for that fallacy.
The phone comes with 4GB of RAM by default, which is enough to keep several apps in memory, and offers 64GB of storage along with the ability to take microSD cards up to 512GB in size, providing some important future-proofing.
So what about battery life, a metric that defines devices at the budget end of the smartphone market? There’s a massive 5,000mAh battery on the G50 5G, and combine that with a relatively efficient processor and a low-resolution screen, and I love that in full work mode [with many a social digression included], the G50 lasts close to a day and a half.
So in closing? The Nokia G50 5G has a very defined segmentation, and the mix of great battery life, very competent daylight camera, sturdy, no-nonsense design and 5G make it a very easy choice, given its very competitive AED 969 pricing.