Priced cheaper than the G50, despite the name.
Nokia released another budget 5G phone… What a surprise…
Though, the Nokia G300 is much more affordable, at least compared to the G50. The G300 sells for $200 (~Php 10K). It’s headed for the US market, and they probably got used to budget phones that are inferior than what contemporary Chinese brands offer. Let’s head for the specs.
For a nearly 10K phone, the phone does not even have a FHD+ screen, it’s just the 6.5in. 720p HD+ screen typically seen on sub $100 (~Php 5-6K) phones. Like the G50, this phone uses the SD480, which is Qualcomm’s entry-level 5G chipset.
The cameras are also underwhelming for Southeast Asian standards. There’s a triple camera setup, which consists of a 16mp main sensor, a 5mp ultrawide and the useless 2mp depth intended for bokeh portraits. For the selfie camera, it’s an 8mp sensor housed on a dated v-notch design. The G50 on the other hand, has a 48mp main sensor, but the other two modules, as well as the selfie camera, remain the same.
The battery is also not the largest compared to the competition, for $200, you’re only getting a 4470mAh battery coupled with 18W fast charging. In comparison, the cheaper Poco M3 Pro 5G, which is also a budget 5G phone, uses a 5000mAh battery (also with 18W charging) and the even cheaper Pova 2 gets a 7000mAh battery. It even has a slightly smaller battery than the G50 (4470mAh vs 5000mAh) but retains the 18W fast charging.
The phone has 4GB RAM and 64GB storage and will start sales in the US for $200. The G50 sells for $100 more. It has Nokia’s proprietary OZO sound, side-mounted fingerprint scanner, Android One with fresh updates (boots with Android 11 out of the box), facial scanner as well as EIS and active noise cancellation.
Though, Nokia has not released the phone yet here. In the Philippines, Nokia is highly focusing on releasing ultrabudget phones as well as bar “dumb” phones like the newly released Nokia 6310, which is a reboot of the classic 6310.