The $699 Nokia 8 V 5 G UW, the company’s second 5 G unit, is being released by HMD’s Nokia. It will be sold by Verizon in a big move for HMD, making the Nokia 8 V HMD the first high-end smartphone that will be available through a US carrier.
The Nokia 8 V, however, is essentially a Verizon-branded version of HMD’s first 5 G handset, the Nokia 8.3 5 G, which it revealed in March, despite the new branding.
The Nokia 8.3 5 G was eventually released as an unlocked smartphone in the US in September at the same price of $699, but there is a key difference between it and the Verizon model: the Nokia 8.3 5 G only supports 5 G sub-6GHz, while the Nokia 8 V 5 G UW supports 5 G sub-6GHz and mmWave networks.
As for the actual Nokia 8 V, although it comes in a gray color scheme instead of a blue one, it visually appears similar to the 8.3 5G. Otherwise, expect the same 6.81-inch display (with a Nokia-branded chin and hole-punch camera at the bottom) and a prominent quad-camera array at the rear, with a 64-megapixel main sensor, an ultra-wide 12-megapixel camera, a 2-megapixel macro camera, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor.
Inside, you’ll find a Snapdragon 765 G processor with an integrated 5 G modem, a battery of 4,500mAh, 6 GB of RAM, and 64 GB of internal storage. These last two numbers mark a downgrade from the unlocked Nokia 8.3 5 G, which offers 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage.
A power button (with an integrated fingerprint sensor), a customizable voice assistant button, USB-C for charging, and a 3.5 mm headphone jack are the rounding things out. While HMD promises that an Android 11 update is already in the works, it will ship with Android 10. Any wireless charging capabilities or waterproofing are absent.
For some time, the business has been working towards this moment, starting at the beginning of 2019 when HMD’s Nokia started selling phones again through carriers. These phones have, however, skewed towards the low end of the hardware spectrum until now, but the Nokia 8 V promises to deliver a more premium smartphone.
The issue is whether the $699 smartphone from HMD would be able to compete effectively with other big devices from more developed luxury brands when consumers buy a new phone at a Verizon store.
The price point of $700 is a crowded one, with several great phones such as the $699 Pixel 5 (and its top-tier camera), the $699.99 Galaxy S20 FE and its high-end features, or the $729 iPhone 12 mini (which provides flagship features at a matching price of $699 when bought via a carrier such as Verizon), all of which offer 5 G and equivalent (if not better) features than the option of HMD.