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Nokia G50 5G leaks in full with low-res screen, familiar design, low price

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Nokia G50 5G leaks in full with low-res screen, familiar design, low price
UPDATE: The 5G-capable Nokia G50 mid-ranger seems to have paid China's FCC-equivalent Tenaa agency a regulatory visit a few days ago, confirming a number of previously rumored specs detailed below while filling in some blanks and even contradicting a few originally reported details.

Perhaps the most interesting new nugget of information is the 6.82-inch screen size tipped by Tenaa's database, which would be quite the exciting revelation for fans of jumbo-sized Android handsets were it not for the resulting 220-gram weight number.

In addition to packing a reasonably hefty 4,850mAh cell, the G50 5G is now expected to come in an unusually large number of memory and storage configurations, ranging from 2 to 8GB RAM and 64 to 512 (!!!) gigs of local digital hoarding room. That's... got to be some sort of typo or mix-up, unlike the 48MP primary rear-facing shooter and single 8MP selfie camera, which sound about right for an ultra-affordable 5G smartphone. Our original story follows below.

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Between the rugged XR20, modest C30, and mid-range G20, HMD's Nokia smartphone naming scheme has been a little all over the place of late, making it a lot harder than just a couple of years ago to keep track of everything and wisely choose the best device to fit one's individual needs and preferences.

While we're not entirely sure when the Finland-based company plans to unveil its next Nokia-branded handset, this is pretty clearly right around the corner, but instead of making the whole 2021 product portfolio easier to understand at a glance, the 5G-enabled G50 could further complicate things.

Despite what its name might suggest, the upcoming Nokia G50 doesn't look all that different from the existing G20, either in a fresh set of leaked high-quality renders or as far as its rumored specifications are concerned.

Curiously enough, the notched screen of the G50 5G is expected to be slightly smaller than that of the 4G LTE-only Nokia G20, at 6.38 inches (versus 6.52), while sporting a very similar (and similarly mediocre) resolution of 1560 x 720 pixels.


The two devices are also all but guaranteed to share a sizable chin and side-mounted fingerprint sensor, with the Nokia G50 likely to eliminate one of the G20's four rear-facing cameras as well. Of course, the secondary and tertiary lenses could always be upgraded to make the triple shooter system overall better than its quad counterpart, but we highly doubt that will prove to be the case in the end.

The 48MP primary snapper, in case you're wondering, may well be the exact same one carried by the Nokia G20 on its back, while the Snapdragon 480 processor will be borrowed from the XR20 5G, offering good but not great performance.

Last but certainly not least on the (credibly) rumored list of Nokia G50 features, you've got a 4,850mAh battery that should be capable of delivering extremely similar running times between charges as the 5,050mAh cell under the hood of the 6.52-inch G20.

All in all, the Nokia G50 sounds like a... decent prospective candidate for the title of 2021's best budget 5G phone, potentially carrying just a slightly higher price point than the ultra-affordable $200 G20. For the time being, however, there are no guarantees regarding US availability, with European pricing tipped to circle the very reasonable €230 mark. Something tells us an official announcement is no more than a couple of weeks away, but for now, we don't have a firm date for you to circle in your calendar.

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