Nokia 9 PureView with first five-camera setup goes official – MWC 2019


The Nokia 9 PureView has been unveiled at the MWC in Barcelona. While the phone will please most of the photographers in the town, but it doesn’t seem to be a 2019 flagship to me.

The weakest point of the phone is its design and aesthetics. While the phone holds a metal and glass sandwich design, there’s nothing exceptional. The underwhelming front of the phone with chunky bezels and a 2018 flagship SoC doesn’t excite me at all.

Anyways, the phone has got a 5.99″ P-OLED display at the front. To surprise, it is an HDR10-compliant panel like the S10+ and has got a resolution of 2,880 x 1,440 pixels. Sadly, there’s no Gorilla Glass 6 on the phone as it still has got the old Gorilla Glass 5 on front. The Nokia 9 is also IP67-rated for dust and water resistance.

For biometrics, the phone gets an under-display fingerprint reader. Interestingly, the AI unlock feature also exists, but that’s not a secured method of unlocking. Nokia 9 gets its presence in Midnight Blue color along with 6/128GB internal configuration.

Lastly, the center of attraction of this phone is the five cameras on the back. All five sensors hold 12MP resolution along with f/1.9 Zeiss lens. Interestingly, the company makes two of these lenses RGB and the other three ones are the monochrome sensors. Additionally, there’s a sixth camera as well. Above all, it’s a 3D ToF sensor for depth sensing. A dual tone LED flash assists the shots in low-lights.

More specifically, all five lenses share the same focal length of 28mm. There exists no fancy shooting mode. Even more, the company doesn’t brag fancy telephoto and ultra-wide angle camera lens. While the Nokia 9 Pure View doesn’t provide worlds most versatile camera setup, the image quality on this is surprisingly on par with the full-blown cameras.

Nokia 9 naturally combines multiple shots from all five cameras along with multiple frames into a single image. Well, the results show an incredible dynamic range – up to 12.4 stops of difference in the light which is as much as a large sensor camera. The Nokia PureView will provide brilliant depth detection as well.

Even more, Nokia 9 provides umpteen options for edition your photographs in RAW formate. It allows you to open up shadows, bring the black highlights, and sharpen the images to your liking. Nokia has had worked with developed at Adobe to support editing RAW data from images taken on the phone. Adobe Lightroom is the perfect software to pull out the image details on Nokia 9. The Android One software on the phone will ask you in options to install the Adobe Lightroom during the setup process.

That’s not all! Nokia made a partnership with Google as well. The Google photos app on Nokia will understand the correct way of supporting the photographs taken on Nokia 9’s five camera phone. One can adjust the bokeh, focal point, and more in Google’s photo itself.

The ToF camera on the Nokia 9 Pure View gathers up to 1200 layers of depth data (as opposed to only 10 on most phones) for up to 40m away from the camera. With that said, one can achieve incredible bokeh’s and adjust them in the Google photo’s application.

Though Nokia 9 can take some great photographs, its video taking capabilities are not that adorable. It is capable to shoot 4K HDR at 30fps, so there is nothing unusual.

The selfie camera on the Nokia 9 is a 20MP camera with f/1.8 aperture. Interestingly, it supports Tetra cell pixel binning to combine four photographs in low-light and produce a single image with 5MP resolution. It effectively reduces the noise from the shots taken from the selfie camera.

The Nokia 9 PureView comes with a 3,320 mAh battery that supports Quick Charge 3,0. The phone supports 10W wireless charging as well. Sadly, there’s no headphone jack, and the device runs on Snapdragon 845 SoC.

Anyways, at $699 the Nokia 9 is noticeably cheaper than the current crop of flagships. Also, its worth noticing that the Nokia 9 will not be mass produced, and the company may end the production soon. But, we are not aware of the number of units that Nokia will make for this camera beast.

The Nokia 9 has great cameras with outdated hardware. Would you buy the Nokia 9? Do let us know in the comments section below.