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Nokia G50 smartphone review - 3-year update for the mid-range phone

5G for sure. Wide-angle camera, fast mobile Internet, large battery - at first glance, the Nokia G50 seems to have everything a mid-range phone needs today. But is it better than the competition? We want to find out in the test.
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Nokia G50 (G Series)
Processor
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G 8 x 1.8 - 2 GHz, Cortex-A76 / 55
Graphics adapter
Memory
4096 MB 
Display
6.82 inch 19.5:9, 1560 x 720 pixel 252 PPI, capacitive touchscreen, IPS, glossy: yes, 60 Hz
Storage
128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash, 128 GB 
, 110 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), Audio Connections: 3.5mm, Card Reader: microSD up to 512 GB, 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Sensors: accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 5.0, 2G (850/​900/​1800/​1900), 3G (B1/​B2/​B5/​B8), 4G (B1/​B3/​B5/​B7/​B8/​B20/​B28/​B38/​B39/​B40/​B41), 5G (n1/​n3/​n5/​n7/​n28/​n40/​n41/​n38/​n78), Dual SIM, LTE, 5G, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8.9 x 173.8 x 77.7 ( = 0.35 x 6.84 x 3.06 in)
Battery
5000 mAh Lithium-Polymer, 18 Watt charging
Charging
fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Android 11
Camera
Primary Camera: 48 MPix phase comparison-AF, LED-flash, Videos @1080p/​30fps (Camera 1); 5.0MP, wide angle lens (Camera 2); 2.0MP, depth of field (Camera 3)
Secondary Camera: 8 MPix Videos @1080p/​30fps
Additional features
Speakers: mono speaker, Keyboard: virtual keyboard, charger, USB cable, SIM tool, 24 Months Warranty, FM radio; SAR: 1.149W/​kg (head), 1.126W/​kg (body), fanless
Weight
220 g ( = 7.76 oz / 0.49 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
280 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Possible competitors in comparison

Bewertung
Datum
Modell
Gewicht
Laufwerk
Groesse
Aufloesung
Preis ab
78.5 %
11/2021
Nokia G50
SD 480, Adreno 619
220 g128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash6.82"1560x720
80.9 %
06/2021
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S
Helio G95, Mali-G76 MP4
178.8 g128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash6.43"2400x1080
80.9 %
09/2021
Motorola Moto G60s
Helio G95, Mali-G76 MP4
212 g128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash6.80"2480x1080
79.3 %
03/2021
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3
205 g64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash6.50"1600x720

Case and equipment - Chic with a lot of memory

If you compare the Nokia G50 with the slightly more expensive Nokia X10, the only differences are in the details: a lower-resolution screen in the G50, as well as the lack of IP certification and a macro lens. The Nokia X10 is a bit smaller, but weighs just as much as the G50, with a smaller battery.

The plastic back casing is available in a dazzling blue or rosé. The design is pleasing and also unusual with the round camera module. The stability is decent. The Nokia G50 is quite a big smartphone and also a bit heavier than comparable devices.

A 64 GB variant is also available, but only the model with 128 GB of mass storage and 4 GB of RAM is currently available in Central Europe. Officially, the device costs just under 270 Euros (~$304). For this money, you get a USB-C port, a 3.5 mm audio port, NFC, and 2 SIM slots, one of which can also be used as a microSD reader. We tested the reader's speed with our reference card Angelbird V60. It is on par with the class, but does not stand out from other devices.

Size comparison

173.8 mm / 6.84 inch 77.7 mm / 3.06 inch 8.9 mm / 0.3504 inch 220 g0.485 lbs169.6 mm / 6.68 inch 75.9 mm / 2.99 inch 9.6 mm / 0.378 inch 212 g0.4674 lbs164.2 mm / 6.46 inch 76.1 mm / 3 inch 9.1 mm / 0.3583 inch 205 g0.4519 lbs160.46 mm / 6.32 inch 74.5 mm / 2.93 inch 8.29 mm / 0.3264 inch 178.8 g0.3942 lbs
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SD Card Reader - average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Average of class Smartphone
  (11.8 - 55.3, n=43, last 2 years)
25.6 MB/s ∼100% +24%
Motorola Moto G60s
  (Angelbird V60)
22.9 MB/s ∼89% +11%
Nokia G50
  (Angelbird V60)
20.7 MB/s ∼81%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
18.76 MB/s ∼73% -9%

Cross Platform Disk Test (CPDT)

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Nokia G50 Adreno 619, SD 480, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash; Sequential write; Angelbird V60: Ø34.6 (7.62-42.4)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S Mali-G76 MP4, Helio G95, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; Sequential write; Toshiba Exceria Pro M501: Ø42.4 (35.4-50.9)
Motorola Moto G60s Mali-G76 MP4, Helio G95, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash; Sequential write: Ø23.2 (10.1-38)
Nokia G50 Adreno 619, SD 480, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash; Sequential read; Angelbird V60: Ø76.3 (31.1-83.5)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S Mali-G76 MP4, Helio G95, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; Sequential read; Toshiba Exceria Pro M501: Ø84.9 (50.7-89.2)
Motorola Moto G60s Mali-G76 MP4, Helio G95, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash; Sequential read: Ø76.5 (60.1-78.5)

Communication, software and operation - 5G in the Nokia G50

The Nokia G50 can keep up with other smartphones in this price range in terms of Wi-Fi speed and provides sufficiently fast Internet for everyday use thanks to Wi-Fi 5. 5G is not yet a matter of course in this price range, but Nokia's G50 can deliver. The smartphone is sufficient for 4G frequencies, but it is clearly not a world phone that can be used everywhere.

Nokia's G50 is part of the Android-One program, which makes updates for the operating system particularly easy by staying quite close to Google's Vanilla Android. Thus, Nokia is able to guarantee 2 years of operating system updates and 3 years of security updates even for the relatively cheap smartphone. The periods are valid from the G50's market launch. The security updates on our test device are from October 2021 and thus quite up-to-date at the time of testing.

A dedicated Google Assistant button is found on the casing's left, and a fingerprint sensor is integrated into the standby button on the right. It works reliably and quite quickly.

Networking
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Motorola Moto G60s
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
347 (334min - 351max) MBit/s ∼100% +8%
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
346 (324min - 360max) MBit/s ∼100% +7%
Nokia G50
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
322 (308min - 331max) MBit/s ∼93%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
283 (145min - 322max) MBit/s ∼82% -12%
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
366 (347min - 374max) MBit/s ∼100% +7%
Nokia G50
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
341 (294min - 350max) MBit/s ∼93%
Motorola Moto G60s
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
327 (260min - 333max) MBit/s ∼89% -4%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
320 (299min - 340max) MBit/s ∼87% -6%
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; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø340 (294-350)
; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø323 (308-331)

Cameras - Not exactly sharp

Recording front camera
Recording front camera

The G50 does not have the ZEISS label on its camera, as the more expensive Nokia X models do, but the technical specifications of the cameras are otherwise quite similar to those of the Nokia X10. A 48-megapixel main camera, which collects more light if desired thanks to pixel binning, but then only takes 12-megapixel pictures. In addition, there is a 5MP wide-angle lens and a 2MP depth sensor to assist. However, there is no macro camera in the G50.

The main camera takes passable photos, but they look quite grainy in detail and sometimes clearly washed out. In low light and high contrasts, there is a lack of dynamics in the dark areas, but details are still quite sharp. A wide-angle camera is also on board; it is sufficient for snapshots, but you should not enlarge the pictures too much.

The front-facing camera takes usable selfies in good light, where some details are still visible.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

Main camera PlantMain camera LandscapeWide-angle camera Low LightWide-angle camera
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ColorChecker
21.9 ∆E
13.5 ∆E
21 ∆E
24.6 ∆E
19.2 ∆E
11.4 ∆E
15.9 ∆E
19.2 ∆E
14 ∆E
10.8 ∆E
14.7 ∆E
14 ∆E
10.2 ∆E
16.3 ∆E
11.7 ∆E
6.1 ∆E
15.2 ∆E
16.8 ∆E
8.3 ∆E
5.9 ∆E
12.6 ∆E
15.9 ∆E
13.2 ∆E
1.7 ∆E
ColorChecker Nokia G50: 13.92 ∆E min: 1.73 - max: 24.64 ∆E
ColorChecker
28.9 ∆E
52.9 ∆E
38.3 ∆E
37.3 ∆E
44 ∆E
63.6 ∆E
52.6 ∆E
34 ∆E
40.9 ∆E
26.7 ∆E
64.2 ∆E
64.7 ∆E
29.6 ∆E
47.9 ∆E
35.6 ∆E
75.3 ∆E
42.5 ∆E
44.2 ∆E
82.4 ∆E
69.1 ∆E
51.2 ∆E
36.6 ∆E
24.1 ∆E
13.2 ∆E
ColorChecker Nokia G50: 45.82 ∆E min: 13.2 - max: 82.38 ∆E

Display - IPS screen with low resolution

The IPS screen with an extended 720p resolution will probably not be the champion in terms of luminosity or color reproduction according to our test results, but there is the Redmi Note 10S with its Full HD AMOLED screen.

However, the screen of Nokia's G50 also puts up a good fight. It is decently bright with 525 cd/m² when desired and even offers a pretty good black level, which in turn raises the contrast ratio to a high level.

It is also pleasing that we only notice PWM at very low brightness with such a high frequency that it should not cause any problems for anyone.

481
cd/m²
504
cd/m²
522
cd/m²
542
cd/m²
568
cd/m²
534
cd/m²
500
cd/m²
542
cd/m²
533
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 568 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 525.1 cd/m² Minimum: 2.62 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 85 %
Center on Battery: 568 cd/m²
Contrast: 2367:1 (Black: 0.24 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 5.31 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.5
ΔE Greyscale 5.6 | 0.64-98 Ø5.7
91.2% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.517
Nokia G50
IPS, 1560x720, 6.82
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S
AMOLED, 2400x1080, 6.43
Motorola Moto G60s
IPS, 2480x1080, 6.80
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
TFT-LCD, 1600x720, 6.50
Response Times
26%
30%
-26%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
52 ?(25, 27)
4.8 ?(2.4, 2.4)
91%
38 ?(19, 19)
27%
66.8 ?(32, 34.8)
-28%
Response Time Black / White *
33 ?(17, 16)
4 ?(2, 2)
88%
22 ?(11, 11)
33%
40.8 ?(19.2, 21.6)
-24%
PWM Frequency
2358000 ?(15)
250 ?(57)
-100%
Screen
42%
-1%
-29%
Brightness middle
568
706
24%
602
6%
543
-4%
Brightness
525
701
34%
564
7%
512
-2%
Brightness Distribution
85
98
15%
83
-2%
85
0%
Black Level *
0.24
0.56
-133%
0.63
-163%
Contrast
2367
1075
-55%
862
-64%
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
5.31
2.1
60%
2.23
58%
4.9
8%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
9.04
4.9
46%
3.99
56%
8.6
5%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
5.6
1.5
73%
2.6
54%
6.3
-13%
Gamma
2.517 87%
2.29 96%
2.32 95%
2.23 99%
CCT
7541 86%
6447 101%
7127 91%
8120 80%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
34% / 37%
15% / 5%
-28% / -29%

* ... smaller is better

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
33 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 17 ms rise
↘ 16 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 86 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (23.8 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
52 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 25 ms rise
↘ 27 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 85 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (37.6 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 2358000 Hz ≤ 15 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 2358000 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 15 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 2358000 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 21103 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN color accuracy
CalMAN color accuracy
CalMAN color space sRGB
CalMAN color space sRGB
CalMAN Saturation
CalMAN Saturation

Performance, emissions and battery life - graphics performance falls off

The Snapdragon 480 is found in many Nokia devices, which is probably due to the chip shortage: The manufacturer has simply secured large quantities of the quite universally usable SoC. In Nokia's G50, it actually also supplies suitable computing power for the price range, but it falls behind comparable devices in terms of graphics performance, with a partly lower-resolution screen. Thus, users who play a lot and want as much power as possible for their money should look elsewhere.

Fortunately, the maximum temperature rise is quite low: 36.6 °C (97.9 °F) as the absolute maximum is slightly noticeable, but not problematic. The mono speaker in Nokia's G50 is quite loud in our test, but the sound is rather poor with a lack of low mids and booming highs at high volumes. At least all current codecs including aptX Adaptive can be used via Bluetooth.

Nokia's G50 comes with a 5,000 mAh battery, as is found in many devices in this price range. What the phone gets out of its battery in terms of runtimes is mediocre compared to other devices. However, 16:12 hours in our WLAN test are still very suitable for everyday use and should also be sufficient for 2 workdays with normal use. The smartphone can be charged with a maximum of 10 watts, which means that the charging process sometimes takes over 2 hours.

Geekbench 5.3
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Nokia G50
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
514 Points ∼84%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S
Mediatek Helio G95, Mali-G76 MP4, 6144
507 Points ∼83% -1%
Motorola Moto G60s
Mediatek Helio G95, Mali-G76 MP4, 4096
522 Points ∼86% +2%
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 4096
472 Points ∼77% -8%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G
  (504 - 520, n=7)
512 Points ∼84% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (58 - 1755, n=257, last 2 years)
610 Points ∼100% +19%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Nokia G50
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
1618 Points ∼78%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S
Mediatek Helio G95, Mali-G76 MP4, 6144
1685 Points ∼82% +4%
Motorola Moto G60s
Mediatek Helio G95, Mali-G76 MP4, 4096
1653 Points ∼80% +2%
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 4096
1511 Points ∼73% -7%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G
  (1618 - 1713, n=7)
1663 Points ∼81% +3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (248 - 4914, n=257, last 2 years)
2063 Points ∼100% +28%
PCMark for Android - Work 3.0 (sort by value)
Nokia G50
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
7111 Points ∼69%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S
Mediatek Helio G95, Mali-G76 MP4, 6144
8236 Points ∼80% +16%
Motorola Moto G60s
Mediatek Helio G95, Mali-G76 MP4, 4096
8732 Points ∼85% +23%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G
  (6928 - 8402, n=6)
7483 Points ∼73% +5%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4436 - 17085, n=78, last 2 years)
10268 Points ∼100% +44%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited (sort by value)
Nokia G50
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
3666 Points ∼84%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S
Mediatek Helio G95, Mali-G76 MP4, 6144
3120 Points ∼72% -15%
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 4096
3713 Points ∼85% +1%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G
  (3602 - 3666, n=7)
3640 Points ∼84% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (149 - 11895, n=257, last 2 years)
4344 Points ∼100% +18%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Nokia G50
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
3872 Points ∼69%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S
Mediatek Helio G95, Mali-G76 MP4, 6144
3335 Points ∼59% -14%
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 4096
3975 Points ∼71% +3%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G
  (3817 - 3872, n=7)
3840 Points ∼68% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (122 - 31940, n=257, last 2 years)
5613 Points ∼100% +45%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Nokia G50
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
3091 Points ∼100%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S
Mediatek Helio G95, Mali-G76 MP4, 6144
2547 Points ∼82% -18%
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 4096
3018 Points ∼98% -2%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G
  (3008 - 3118, n=7)
3078 Points ∼100% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (640 - 5784, n=255, last 2 years)
3056 Points ∼99% -1%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) (sort by value)
Nokia G50
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
2476 Points ∼92%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S
Mediatek Helio G95, Mali-G76 MP4, 6144
2587 Points ∼96% +4%
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 4096
2575 Points ∼96% +4%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G
  (2419 - 2478, n=7)
2442 Points ∼91% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (78 - 9138, n=227, last 2 years)
2688 Points ∼100% +9%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics (sort by value)
Nokia G50
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
2346 Points ∼82%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S
Mediatek Helio G95, Mali-G76 MP4, 6144
2633 Points ∼93% +12%
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 4096
2525 Points ∼89% +8%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G
  (2287 - 2346, n=7)
2309 Points ∼81% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (62 - 11573, n=227, last 2 years)
2845 Points ∼100% +21%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics (sort by value)
Nokia G50
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
3071 Points ∼100%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S
Mediatek Helio G95, Mali-G76 MP4, 6144
2436 Points ∼79% -21%
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 4096
2765 Points ∼90% -10%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G
  (3017 - 3136, n=7)
3061 Points ∼100% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (435 - 5318, n=227, last 2 years)
2842 Points ∼93% -7%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited (sort by value)
Nokia G50
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
2587 Points ∼72%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S
Mediatek Helio G95, Mali-G76 MP4, 6144
2682 Points ∼75% +4%
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 4096
2659 Points ∼74% +3%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G
  (2536 - 2587, n=7)
2563 Points ∼72% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (91 - 9839, n=259, last 2 years)
3570 Points ∼100% +38%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Nokia G50
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
2471 Points ∼59%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S
Mediatek Helio G95, Mali-G76 MP4, 6144
2743 Points ∼66% +11%
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 4096
2597 Points ∼62% +5%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G
  (2440 - 2471, n=7)
2449 Points ∼59% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (73 - 16221, n=259, last 2 years)
4176 Points ∼100% +69%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Nokia G50
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
3093 Points ∼100%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S
Mediatek Helio G95, Mali-G76 MP4, 6144
2488 Points ∼80% -20%
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 4096
2901 Points ∼94% -6%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G
  (2941 - 3098, n=7)
3064 Points ∼99% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (626 - 5793, n=259, last 2 years)
3090 Points ∼100% 0%
Wild Life Score (sort by value)
Nokia G50
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
980 Points ∼32%
Motorola Moto G60s
Mediatek Helio G95, Mali-G76 MP4, 4096
1373 Points ∼45% +40%
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 4096
1245 Points ∼41% +27%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G
  (980 - 986, n=7)
981 Points ∼32% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (153 - 9680, n=124, last 2 years)
3065 Points ∼100% +213%
Wild Life Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Nokia G50
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
976 Points ∼31%
Motorola Moto G60s
Mediatek Helio G95, Mali-G76 MP4, 4096
1352 Points ∼43% +39%
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 4096
1215 Points ∼38% +24%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G
  (969 - 978, n=7)
974 Points ∼31% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (174 - 11700, n=121, last 2 years)
3181 Points ∼100% +226%
Wild Life Extreme (sort by value)
Nokia G50
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
293 Points ∼30%
Motorola Moto G60s
Mediatek Helio G95, Mali-G76 MP4, 4096
387 Points ∼39% +32%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G
  (290 - 294, n=6)
292 Points ∼30% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (102 - 3080, n=72, last 2 years)
985 Points ∼100% +236%
Wild Life Extreme Unlimited (sort by value)
Nokia G50
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
288 Points ∼29%
Motorola Moto G60s
Mediatek Helio G95, Mali-G76 MP4, 4096
381 Points ∼38% +32%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G
  (284 - 288, n=6)
285 Points ∼28% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (101 - 4236, n=71, last 2 years)
1008 Points ∼100% +250%
GFXBench
on screen Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Nokia G50
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
29 fps ∼97%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S
Mediatek Helio G95, Mali-G76 MP4, 6144
19 fps ∼63% -34%
Motorola Moto G60s
Mediatek Helio G95, Mali-G76 MP4, 4096
16 fps ∼53% -45%
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 4096
30 fps ∼100% +3%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G
  (16 - 30, n=7)
19.9 fps ∼66% -31%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.5 - 73, n=268, last 2 years)
25 fps ∼83% -14%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Nokia G50
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
18 fps ∼61%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S
Mediatek Helio G95, Mali-G76 MP4, 6144
20 fps ∼68% +11%
Motorola Moto G60s
Mediatek Helio G95, Mali-G76 MP4, 4096
19 fps ∼65% +6%
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 4096
17 fps ∼58% -6%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G
  (17 - 19, n=7)
18 fps ∼61% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.95 - 257, n=268, last 2 years)
29.4 fps ∼100% +63%
on screen Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Nokia G50
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
18 fps ∼100%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S
Mediatek Helio G95, Mali-G76 MP4, 6144
12 fps ∼67% -33%
Motorola Moto G60s
Mediatek Helio G95, Mali-G76 MP4, 4096
10 fps ∼56% -44%
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 4096
17 fps ∼94% -6%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G
  (9.9 - 19, n=7)
12.4 fps ∼69% -31%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.2 - 60, n=269, last 2 years)
16.8 fps ∼93% -7%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Nokia G50
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
6.5 fps ∼57%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S
Mediatek Helio G95, Mali-G76 MP4, 6144
7.4 fps ∼65% +14%
Motorola Moto G60s
Mediatek Helio G95, Mali-G76 MP4, 4096
6.8 fps ∼60% +5%
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 4096
6.2 fps ∼54% -5%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G
  (6.4 - 6.7, n=7)
6.54 fps ∼57% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.35 - 101, n=269, last 2 years)
11.4 fps ∼100% +75%
Nokia G50Xiaomi Redmi Note 10SMotorola Moto G60sSamsung Galaxy A32 5GAverage 128 GB UFS 2.1 FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
-23%
-28%
10%
-10%
0%
Sequential Read 256KB
514.6
498.76
-3%
498.53
-3%
858.19
67%
769 ?(427 - 1011, n=92)
49%
831 ?(45.6 - 2037, n=273, last 2 years)
61%
Sequential Write 256KB
486.6
371.98
-24%
200.54
-59%
381.69
-22%
270 ?(13.6 - 707, n=92)
-45%
377 ?(11.9 - 1321, n=273, last 2 years)
-23%
Random Read 4KB
182
110.47
-39%
123.34
-32%
174.64
-4%
147 ?(92.6 - 239, n=92)
-19%
146 ?(13.5 - 325, n=273, last 2 years)
-20%
Random Write 4KB
166.5
120.97
-27%
135.34
-19%
167.15
0%
124 ?(18.2 - 290, n=92)
-26%
136 ?(5.5 - 330, n=273, last 2 years)
-18%

Temperature

Max. Load
 36.1 °C
97 F
33.2 °C
92 F
30.8 °C
87 F
 
 35.2 °C
95 F
32.8 °C
91 F
30.8 °C
87 F
 
 34.9 °C
95 F
33.2 °C
92 F
31 °C
88 F
 
Maximum: 36.1 °C = 97 F
Average: 33.1 °C = 92 F
28.6 °C
83 F
33.2 °C
92 F
36.6 °C
98 F
30.1 °C
86 F
33.6 °C
92 F
34 °C
93 F
31.2 °C
88 F
34.3 °C
94 F
35.2 °C
95 F
Maximum: 36.6 °C = 98 F
Average: 33 °C = 91 F
Power Supply (max.)  40.3 °C = 105 F | Room Temperature 19.7 °C = 67 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated), Voltcraft IR-260
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 33.1 °C / 92 F, compared to the average of 32.9 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 36.1 °C / 97 F, compared to the average of 35.2 °C / 95 F, ranging from 22 to 52.9 °C for the class Smartphone.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 36.6 °C / 98 F, compared to the average of 33.8 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 22 °C / 72 F, compared to the device average of 32.9 °C / 91 F.


Heatmap back side
Heatmap back side
Heatmap Front
Heatmap Front

Speaker

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2045.547.52542.240.33133.834.84039.138.85044.142.86334.436.28025.630.310024.23012520.229.816021.237.120017.340.325018.148.831516.155.440015.46150016.468.163017.168.380020.872.4100020.979.4125017.979.9160018.179.720001877.2250018.874.1315019.869.8400020.571.5500020.868.2630021.674.1800022.377.7100002374.71250023.869.81600024.755.4SPL32.387.7N1.669.8median 20.2median 69.8Delta210.13032.926.725.625.624.526.121.636.434.629.222.62528.217.824.918.328.818.638.917.442.214.247.815.955.912.857.81462.713.368.712.274.412.376.411.977.912.876.212.777.512.17812.978.713.28013.47913.677.213.473.113.970.5147114.266.725.288.90.775median 13.4median 711.212.2hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseNokia G50Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Nokia G50 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (87.7 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 29.6% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (8.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 6.4% higher than median
(+) | mids are linear (6.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.5% away from median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (7.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (23.5% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 50% of all tested devices in this class were better, 12% similar, 38% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 24%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 69% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 23% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (88.9 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 31.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (9.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 6.4% higher than median
(+) | mids are linear (5.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 5.8% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (3% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (21.4% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 32% of all tested devices in this class were better, 12% similar, 56% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 24%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 57% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 35% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Battery life

Nokia G50
5000 mAh
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S
5000 mAh
Motorola Moto G60s
5000 mAh
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
5000 mAh
Average of class Smartphone
 
Battery Runtime
WiFi Websurfing 1.3
972
1087
12%
763
-22%
1235
27%
903 ?(442 - 1953, n=279, last 2 years)
-7%
Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
16h 12min

Pros

+ Update promise
+ 5G capable
+ fast WLAN
+ chic, stable case

Cons

- quite heavy
- Camera quality mediocre
- Graphics unit comparatively slow
- poor speaker sound

Verdict - Good average with 5G

In review: Nokia G50. Test device provided by:
In review: Nokia G50. Test device provided by:
cyberport.com

The casing of Nokia's G50 is stylishly designed and quite sturdy, you have to hand it to the Finns. At the same time, the smartphone's fast Internet and 5G capability are convincing.

Nokia's G50 is a solid mid-range smartphone that can stay with the user for a bit longer thanks to the update promise.

However, the smartphone lags behind comparable phones in graphics calculations. The Nokia G50 is relatively heavy and the battery does not last quite as long as other smartphones in the price range. The camera is not really convincing due to blurry details and rough surface drawing.

Overall, Nokia delivers a solid, relatively inexpensive mid-range device with 5G, but it is a bit overshadowed by the competition: The Redmi Note 10S does not offer 5G, but it has a much finer screen with AMOLED technology and Full HD. With the Samsung Galaxy A32 5G you get much longer runtimes and a better speaker.

Price and availability

You can get the Nokia G50 directly from the manufacturer at https://www.nokia.com/phones/de_de/nokia-g-50?sku=F16BYA1022033. It is a few Euros cheaper if you look around on the Internet, for example at our loaner Cyberport, at notebooksbilliger.de or at Amazon (US).

Nokia G50 - 11/19/2021 v7
Florian Schmitt

Chassis
82%
Keyboard
65 / 75 → 87%
Pointing Device
94%
Connectivity
47 / 70 → 67%
Weight
88%
Battery
91%
Display
83%
Games Performance
29 / 64 → 45%
Application Performance
72 / 86 → 84%
Temperature
94%
Noise
100%
Audio
52 / 90 → 58%
Camera
47%
Average
73%
79%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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