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Nokia launches the G300 as its cheapest 5G phone yet

The new G300. (Source: Nokia)
The new G300. (Source: Nokia)
Nokia has made the G300 official as a smartphone with a sizeable display and a generous battery. However, those specs are tempered by a distinctly budget-tier 5G processor and low-res triple cameras. It will be released via the TracFone Wireless and Straight Talk networks in the US later in October 2021.

Nokia has launched the latest member of its G series. It is called the G300, thereby confirming rumors that the line would step up to triple digits in its product names. However, this extra 0 does not denote premium specs, as one might think.

Instead, the G300 is the world's newest Snapdragon 480 vehicle, pitched at the budget end of the market by its maker Qualcomm. The SoC drives a 6.52-inch 20:9 LCD display in the G300, a screen some might like to be larger - however, with a resolution of 1600x720, its pixel density would get even lower than its 269 ppi were that the case.

This display has an old-school waterdrop-style notch for an 8MP selfie camera. On the other side, the G300 exhibits 3 lenses in its classically Nokia ring-camera hump; however, the main sensor is just 16MP, accompanied by a 5MP ultrawide shooter and a 2MP depth-sensor.

On the other hand, the G300 comes equipped with a 4,470mAh battery, rated to last up to 48 hours between charges (with an 18W power brick). It also features potential cost-efficient advantages such as NFC and a 3.5mm jack with FM radio support.

Accordingly, the Nokia G300 sounds like an ideal target for the pre-pay market, albeit one sweetened with sub-6GHz 5G support. This is probably why the HMD Global brand has secured releases for the new Android smartphone via Straight Talk and TracFone Wireless from October 19, 2021. It is priced at just US$199, which gets the buyer a single 4GB RAM/64GB expandable storage SKU in the brand's Charcoal colorway.

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The G300 is now Nokia's cheapest 5G smartphone. (Source: Nokia)
The G300 is now Nokia's cheapest 5G smartphone. (Source: Nokia)
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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-10-12 (Update: 2021-10-16)