Nokia has no plans for a 4G LTE-only variant of its long-promised '5G value flagship'

Nokia has no plans for a 4G LTE-only variant of its long-promised '5G value flagship'
While the high-end Nokia 9.1 PureView that was initially rumored to come out by the end of this year to erase the bad memory of its predecessor is now expected to see daylight no earlier than April 2020, the revived brand's long-promised "value 5G flagship" may well break cover a little sooner.

No reason to reconsider your options for the fast-approaching holiday shopping season, though, as the usually well-informed folks over at NokiaPowerUser believe the Nokia 8.2 will be unveiled at the 2020 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in late February. That's hardly shocking given how many Android smartphones (and non-Android dumb phones) exclusive Nokia brand licensee HMD Global has launched at the previous two Barcelona trade shows, but what might come as a surprise is that there's only one 8.2 variant in the pipeline.

That's right, at least according to the whispers picked up by NPU's insiders, there will be no 4G LTE-only version of this increasingly exciting "value flagship." Just a 5G-enabled model tipped to be priced around the $500 mark, which would substantially undercut the likes of the Galaxy A90 5G. Of course, the A90 "mid-ranger" is not available in many major Western markets, and although you can buy quite a few decent Nokia smartphones in the US today, something tells us the 8.2 won't join the 7.2, 7.1, or 9 PureView, all of which are exclusively sold unlocked stateside.

If the Nokia 8.2 is indeed set to cost no more than 500 bucks with 5G support, as well as an unreleased Snapdragon processor that should deliver decent power by mid-end standards, up to 256 gigs of internal storage space and 8 gigs of memory, a high-res 64MP primary camera, an "all-screen design" (with no holes or cutouts), and a 32MP pop-up selfie shooter, US-based bargain hunters addicted to speed may want to start looking for one-way plane tickets to their favorite Asian or European destination.

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3 Comments

1. Subie

Posts: 2424; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Nokia 8.2 with a Snapdragon 735. Bring it on Nokia!

2. Venom

Posts: 3821; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Looks like they have no plans to support Band 71 on T-Mobile. That's a major fail imo for the 7.1 and 7.2 that are otherwise the best Nokia phone available in the US. They need to focus on 4G LTE right now because 5G isn't widespread nor is it widely available. This is a stupid decision if you ask me.

3. meanestgenius

Posts: 22468; Member since: May 28, 2014

A 5G only value flagship that has great full OS and Security Updates, great build quality and at a price that allows 5G to be further brought to the masses? Bring it! 5G is the way that the industry is already going, and getting a 5G smartphone out that will reach more of the masses than these expensive flagships is an excellent business decision! HMD already makes great smartphones like the Nokia 7.2, 8.1 and their best and most powerful smartphone available globally, the Nokia 9 Pureview, so I have faith that making the Nokia 8.2 a 5G only variant is the best decision for them. HMD has already stated that they are moving to cut the number of variants of the same smartphone (ex: Nokia 6.1 and 6.1 Plus), so this isn’t a surprise to me. Better for them to focus on making the Nokia 8.2 the best 5G value flagship that they can offer, as opposed to me making more than one version of the same smartphone, especially at an affordable price like this will be. Pretty sure 4G LTE will be included on this to fall back to when in areas that don’t have 5G, anyway.
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