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A new leak hints at a Nokia 8.3 5G variant headed for Verizon

The Nokia 8.3 5G. (Source: Nokia)
The Nokia 8.3 5G. (Source: Nokia)
Geekbench 5 now lists a set of results for a "HMD Global Nokia 8 V 5G UW". The last part of this elongated name suggests that it can use Verizon's ultra-wideband (or UW) form of the latest mobile-data standard, and may thus be locked to or at least sold through the carrier at launch. Therefore, this device, should it be real, may be a rebranded 8.3.
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The carrier Verizon offers branded versions of certain 2020 phones that have the suffix UW tacked onto the end of their name: the Samsung Galaxy S20 5G UW, for example. It signifies that the device is rated to use this company's ultra-wideband form of the mmWave spectrum. Now, there is an initial hint that the Nokia 8.3 5G may be joining this range of rebranded phones.

It has arisen as a result of a new device found on the Geekbench 5 database by the leaker @smartvenkat. It is for a "HMD Global Nokia 8 V 5G UW", which, admittedly, does not match the first 8-series phone from this OEM with the state-of-the-art connectivity to the letter.

Then again, it is possible Verizon has dropped a decimal point or two in its variant of this phone due to its new added branding. However, there is another strange detail in its putative new benchmarking results: its processor name is listed as "Qualcomm UNKNOWN", whereas phones on this platform with SoCs from that OEM normally get ones of "Qualcomm Qualcomm" instead.

On the other hand, another device entitled the Nokia 8.3 5G also has this atypical name, although it also gets 8GB of RAM as opposed to its "carrier-locked" counterpart's 6GB and the code-name BabyGroot. In both cases, the actual chipset has properties associated with the Snapdragon 765G on this website. Therefore, the Nokia 8 5G UW may be on the way after all.

Is the Nokia 8.3 5G coming to Verizon? (Source: Geekbench via Twitter)
Is the Nokia 8.3 5G coming to Verizon? (Source: Geekbench via Twitter)

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2020-08-14 (Update: 2020-08-14)