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Nokia launches the 8 V 5G UW for the US market

Nokia introduces the 8 V 5G UW. (Source: Nokia)
Nokia introduces the 8 V 5G UW. (Source: Nokia)
Nokia has just completed its latest product unveiling, and it's a new version of the 8.3 5G. This smartphone is a variant optimized for the Verizon network in the United States. To this end, it has much the same specs as the original mid-ranger on which it is based, but also has 3 "powerful" antennae for its carrier's mmWave 5G.

Nokia promised a product launch mainly addressed to its US fans today (November 9, 2020) and has delivered. However, while this announcement might have raised hopes for confirmation of the 7.3 5G or perhaps even the 9.3 PureView, what emerged is in fact a device from different earlier leaks.

It is the 8 V 5G UW, which, as prior rumors have indicated, is the 8.3 5G but specifically for Verizon. This new partnership was introduced as a considerable coup for the brand by Juho Sarvikas, its chief product officer and vice president of its North American division.

This quadruple-barrelled-name mid-ranger retains the 8.3's Snapdragon 765G SoC; PureView rear camera with Zeiss optics and a 64MP main shooter; 6.81-inch FHD IPS display and "all-day" 4500mAh battery. However, it can also use its new carrier's Ultra-Wideband (UW) form of mmWave 5G.

Finally, the 8 V 5G UW also distinguishes itself with a new Meteor Gray colorway. It will become available on November 12, 2020 for US$699. Nokia did not mention this in its presentation, but that price most likely means it is based on the 8.3 5G's base 6GB RAM/64GB SKU.


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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2020-11- 9 (Update: 2020-11- 9)