The Nokia 9.1 PureView has reportedly been delayed until next year

The Nokia 9.1 PureView has reportedly been delayed until next year
The Nokia 9 PureView

Development on the Nokia 9.1 PureView began earlier this year with the goal of releasing the phone by the end of summer. Unforeseen camera issues eventually delayed the flagship’s debut until Q4 2019 but one source now says it won’t arrive until next year.

Industry insider Nokia anew believes the Nokia 9.1 PureView isn’t going to debut until the second quarter of next year, which means an announcement won’t take place before April. The reason behind this lengthy delay wasn’t divulged but the most likely factor is timing and Nokia’s inability to compete with rival brands at the moment.

The likes of Samsung, Apple, Google, Huawei, and OnePlus have all released their respective flagships over the course of recent months. These will undoubtedly dominate the Christmas shopping season and, therefore, leave little room for Nokia to compete. Moreover, a Snapdragon 855-powered Nokia risks becoming quickly outdated because of the range of Snapdragon 865-powered devices that are currently due to launch in early 2020. By pushing back the premium device’s release, however, HMD Global has time to update its offering.

Delaying the phone until the April-June quarter should give HMD more than enough time to create a Snapdragon 865-powered variant of the Nokia 9.1 PureView. This will require extensive work on the cameras and other hardware elements to ensure total compatibility but the effort should be worth it in the long-run. 

After all, by releasing a Snapdragon 865-powered phone in the second quarter, the company will be able to compete with the likes of the Galaxy S11 and Huawei P40 Pro in addition to the Galaxy Note 11 and other second-half flagships such as the Pixel 5.

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16 Comments

1. S4NDY

Posts: 263; Member since: Mar 14, 2016

New Nokia flagship was delayed, surprised, raise your hand, anyone?

7. Venom

Posts: 3778; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Nope. Same thing happened with the first one and it ended up being a massive disappointment.

2. vickygamit

Posts: 54; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

Maybe they are trying add more cameras

3. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

I'm all for it if it means we get better end results. Take the time you need to get it right and make it a true competitive flagship to up against the likes of what Huawei, Samsung, OnePlus and Apple will be offering. Don't put out something half baked and with glaring omissions like Google has been doing with it's Pixels, especially their latest ones.

9. Venom

Posts: 3778; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Just because it didn't add everything under the sun doesn't mean that it was half baked. Even though some of the things I questioned with the Pixel 4, it still is a good phone that got a 9 from PA compared to the lower score of the Nokia Pureview.

10. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

Pixel software has been half naked since the OG Pixel. Documented facts prove this. As for the Pixel 4: Low base storage, no FPS, no expandable storage for such a low base storage starting point, no headphone jack, no full unlimited storage for a camera centric smartphone all lead to a half baked smartphone. And let’s not even talk about the exorbitant price Google is asking for these incomplete smartphones. PA also made an article that supports what I’m saying about the cons of the Pixel, and has stated that Pixels aren’t ready to challenge flagships from Huawei, Samsung, or Apple. Google definitely cannot compete with them on price.

4. User123456789

Posts: 1084; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

I bet will use SD855

5. Guaire

Posts: 892; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

This could be the future of smartphone photography, but looks like it has some roadblocks right now, like processing power. First example of it was not a smartphone. Light L16 had Snapdragon 820 and it was combining shots from 9 different cameras at the same time if I remember right. Nokia 9 Pureview came with Snapdragon 845 and only 5 cameras + a single ToF camera, but both suffered from way too long processing time. Even with 2 generation more advanced processors and much less camera didn't fix the issue. Most probably even Snapdragon 865 won't have enough processing power to infuse multiple shots from a similar camera counts. Today processing power enough for a single camera to take 10 shots and use 4 of them to make a superior image. But taking a single shot from 5 camera for example and combining them is apparently much harder and result is not much better compare to best smartphone cameras. I bet if Google ever makes such a camera phone with their camera software expertise, results would be trully awesome, but even then processing time will take too much time. Even longer than previous generations, since it needs multiple shots from each cam. Maybe in 5 to 10 years we may have enough power for such kind of camera setup. Instead of repeating same mistake, maybe Nokia and other partners of Light should try a different approach. Even with Snapdragon 865 I think reducing the camera count per shot will be better for acceptable processing time. Maybe they can try dual cameras dedicated for same view of fields. And results must be clearly superior than Pixel, iPhone and Galaxy otherwise they are gonna get embarrassed.

6. Methlab

Posts: 24; Member since: Apr 19, 2019

If it is anything like the previous model, it should be delayed until forever.

8. Venom

Posts: 3778; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I agree. Last model was a disaster. I ended up sticking with the far better 7.1.

11. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

Methlab, The previous model performs equal to or better than flagships with the same processor, as noted by even this site. It’s the best Nokia branded smartphone out today. Updates have improved on everything except the in-screen FPS and the speed of the processing time, which, let’s face it, is a fair trade off for the amount of information it’s processing, IMO. But the updates haven’t been botched anywhere near as much as larger OEM’s like Google with its Pixel line, and Apple with iOS.

12. Demo-jay

Posts: 86; Member since: Feb 13, 2018

I doubt they’ll use the new processor...probably stick with outdated one..some how it feels as if google has control over nokia..after all..nokia is the only pure competitor of pixel..if they up their game,pixel looses

13. rkoforever90

Posts: 473; Member since: Dec 03, 2011

Seems like HMD is not capable enough to produce a decent flagship , remember both Nokia 8 and Nokia 9 where delayed and both ended up as huge disappointment . They better stick to mid and upper mid range . Im looking forward to the launch of that Nokia 8.2

14. Venom

Posts: 3778; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Yup. Nokia clearly has no experience with making a capable flagship smartphone. They should just stick to the midrange and upper midrange segment. The 7 Plus was a great phone so I don't understand how they can continue to fail at making flagships.

16. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

The Nokia 7 Plus was a midrange smartphone, not a flagship, so it falls under HMD’s great upper midrange smartphones. It would have no bearing on them making a good flagship or not.

15. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

rkoforever90, if you are going to say that, then using your logic, Google, HTC, Sony, LG, and Lenovo are not capable enough to produce a decent flagship either, as they don’t sell well at all. Using your same logic, Lenovo should stick to the mid to upper range with Motorola, Google should stick to the midrange with its midrange Pixels, as its flagships have been a disaster since day one, LG should stick to the mid to upper midrange because no one is buying their flagships, and Sony and HTC should exit the smartphone space immediately, because they are failing in the high end and high end/midrange segments, respectively.

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