The Nokia 9 PureView could be an absolute bargain, unlike Sony's Xperia 1

The Nokia 9 PureView could be an absolute bargain, unlike Sony's Xperia 1
Leaked Nokia 9 PureView and Xperia 1 press renders

For the likes of Nokia and Sony, MWC is where all the action will be taking place. Both of these brands have a range of smartphones up their sleeves and with just a few days to go, the European pricing of each model has now leaked.

Kicking things off with the long-awaited Nokia 9 PureView, this smartphone is set to arrive with a whopping five rear cameras and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845. Previous rumors suggested a retail price of €749 (€849) was on the cards for most European markets. But in light of the numerous delays, it’s now claimed that this has been lowered to €599 ($679).

Naturally, this figure could be wrong so it’s better to wait until its official unveiling on Sunday before getting too excited. But if correct, the Nokia 9 PureView will undercut both the iPhone XR and Galaxy S10e by around €150 ($170). Additionally, the €599 price tag places it just €50 ($56) above the OnePlus 6T which will probably be justified by the impressive rear cameras.

On the other end of the flagship spectrum is Sony’s next flagship. Set to be called the Xperia 1, the same source mentioned a price of €949 ($1,076), placing it in between the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ which cost €909 ($1,031) and €1,009 ($1,044) in most markets. The Sony Xperia 1 should be available starting June in White, Purple, Grey, and Black.

Elsewhere in Sony’s lineup, one previous leak suggested that the Xperia 10 and Xperia 10 Plus would cost €349 ($393) and €429 ($484) respectively across Europe.

Lastly, it was revealed yesterday that Nokia has plans to announce a number of low-cost smartphones. As things stand there’s no info regarding the Nokia 6.2's pricing. However, it's claimed that the new Nokia 4.2 will cost €199 ($225) and the Nokia 3.2 should retail at €149 ($169). Similarly, the Nokia 1 Plus (or Nokia 1.2) should be available starting at just €99 ($112).

Because European pricing is typically higher if any of these devices reach the US market price tags should be lower.

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9 PureView
  • Display 6.0" 1440 x 2880 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 20 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 3320 mAh
Xperia 1
  • Display 6.5" 1644 x 3840 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2840 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3330 mAh(24.8h 3G talk time)

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30 Comments

1. Sealblaighter

Posts: 428; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Why that weird naming scheme Sony? Why? You change this every 3, 4 years. People will be confused again.

2. joshuaswingle

Posts: 591; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

What I don't understand is why you'd name your flagship Xperia 1 and the mid-range devices Xperia 10. Makes the cheaper models sound superior. Plus it's a missed marketing opportunity to pit the flagship against the Galaxy S10 and iPhone XS (10S) models.

3. OneLove123

Posts: 1064; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

Cause Xperia is #1?

4. joshuaswingle

Posts: 591; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

What are the mid-range models then? 10th best?

9. User123456789

Posts: 916; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

I heard it might have do to with their pocket cameras. RX0, RX1, RX10 and RX100 series ...

5. meanestgenius

Posts: 22035; Member since: May 28, 2014

If the new price for the Nokia 9 holds true and HMD nails it with the imaging (benchmarks already suggest The performance will be good, but need to see real life usage) the N9PV will a bargain indeed! Can’t wait until the official unveiling this Sunday!

6. joshuaswingle

Posts: 591; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

I have high hopes for the Nokia 9's camera, looking like they'll be incredible. If it costs 599 I'll be recommending it to everyone haha

12. meanestgenius

Posts: 22035; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lmao me too! I sent a link to you guys that has a picture in it that’s supposed to be taken with the Nokia 9 Pureview. If the pic is actually from it...WOW!!! I’ll post the link here, too: https://nokiapoweruser.com/hmd-teases-nokia-9-pureview-camera-sample-with-incredible-amount-of-details/

13. joshuaswingle

Posts: 591; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

I saw it. INCREDIBLE! I'm super pumped now. I'll cover it once I've published my next article if nobody else has

17. Vogue1985

Posts: 459; Member since: Jan 24, 2017

Just saw the Pic, wow, looks great , specs arent bad either.

7. alvxxxzmx

Posts: 21; Member since: Jun 07, 2018

Comparing prices for two phones that aren't announced yet. Good job phonearena, as always.

8. joshuaswingle

Posts: 591; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

Fundamental word in the title is 'could'

10. User123456789

Posts: 916; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Dear Joshua ... I suppose they would have pretty different prices when one is tipped to have 4K HDR BT2020 240Hz oled , ip68, stereo speakers , stacked cmos, ability to convert sdr to hdr ( it was not mentioned when xz2 was reviewed but it was for nokia 7.1 ) and other stuff while the other does not. Could you please talk to your co-workers about the score? Because it is impossible for one plus to earn more than 7,0 when it lacks features other flagships have. Price is not excuse, it is cheaper because it lacks some stuff and chinese model of business ( too much stuff to be discussed here) ... Same score of Note 9, more than Mate 20 Pro ..... The iPhone Xr does not deserve 8. I dont understand the super high score of Apple products, I have an iPad 9.7 2018 and I feel it is not that good. Audio is a joke and sometimes it reloads apps even with just 3 or 4 open. Thank you and have nice weekend ....

11. joshuaswingle

Posts: 591; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

It's very possible for OnePlus to receive more than a 7 in our reviews, actually. The OnePlus 6T is much better than most phones in its price range. By your logic, $99 phones deserve a 0 in reviews which isn't fair. Each phone's score takes into account features specs and price. And before anybody else mentions scores being too high that's not my problem. I don't review phones at this website (yet) and would probably give certain phones different ratings. If anybody thinks a score is too high voice it in the comments section of that particular review and I'm sure the writer will read your opinion, as I do.

14. Playstation

Posts: 22; Member since: Dec 15, 2018

The point is, you guys will write anything just to defend apple in every article. The other time someone from this site was actually comparing iPhone xr to s10e. I mean, the whole thing just looked childish. I really can't take your reviews and what's with all this attack on xperia 1 in this site? Would you honestly talk about apple the same way?? You guys should stop this.

27. Kaostheory

Posts: 16; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

With the Nokia using last years cpu they aren't in the same class anyway. Obviously the Nokia is a mid ranger.

16. domfonusr

Posts: 1084; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

Why would Nokia use the name "4" for any of its phones? I thought that number was some serious bad luck in some cultures... perhaps the author meant "Nokia 5.2" instead of "Nokia 4.2."

21. joshuaswingle

Posts: 591; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

Nope. Definitely Nokia 4.2. I thought the same as you but according to the tipster their releasing a new series. But I wouldn't be surprised if it doesn't launch in Asia (because of the bad luck)

28. domfonusr

Posts: 1084; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

Maybe a North American release, then... I hope. I have no problem with the number four...

18. romeo1

Posts: 816; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

While the sony isn't a bargain (any phone above 800€ is expensive) you do get a sd855, 21:9 4k 6.5" screen, 128gb, 6gb ram, qnovo, sd card support, not notch or hole and a 3 camera setup. So imo it's even priced a bit to low comparing it to the other high end phones

22. joshuaswingle

Posts: 591; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

IMO they should have priced it around €850. Yeah profit margins wouldn't have been as nice but it undercuts the S10 and could attract some extra interest because of that.

31. romeo1

Posts: 816; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

It would attract more interest at 850 € but the pricing scheme has changed allot and im not sure if sony would be able to sell for less than 900-950 in the beginning with these specs. Especially the oled 4k 21:9 screen which is a first.

19. Madmax

Posts: 110; Member since: Aug 19, 2016

The main point Joshua, dear writer, is that your opinions are biases and they suck.. you are also money minded.. Pray tell, how do you decide which phone should have higher price? An iphone with the same or lower specs as Oneplus 6t is justified with $1200 price but a 4k oled hdr triple cam, sd855 phone with 6gb ram is not? Also Oneplus 6t should not be compared with the Big boys like S9 or S10 or huawei mate 20 pro or Sony.. why? because it is what it is.. a budget flagship.. it does cut corners.. just putting a flagship soc doesn't improve everything.. no doubt, it is a great phone, but you can't expect every other phone with better specs to be priced like that, can you? Also.. Nokia 9 has an older Soc.. of course it sells for less.. the other flagships of last year would sell for the same now...Shame on you..

23. joshuaswingle

Posts: 591; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

At no point in the article did I say Sony's flagship wasn't worth €949. It's just not a bargain. But neither is the S10 and neither is the iPhone XS. All of those phones are sold with big profit margins. Whereas €599 for the Nokia 9 would mean very slim profit margins.

20. Nevita

Posts: 44; Member since: Sep 01, 2018

it is obvious that the Sony is more expensive, in advance it is known that the screen of the Xperia will be superior to that of the Nokia, it is not discussed, The only manufacturer with superior displays is Samsung, not Nokia. We also know that the Sony phone has many more intellectual property technologies, Nokia does not, not even with the 5 cameras since the technology is Light The build quality, microsd support, the best connectivity, sound, the display, the software experience, the 10Bit HDR video recording and True SuperSlowMotion are features that you can only found in expensive devices, are superior in the Sony phone, that's a fact. the Nokia is cheaper, yes, but it has nothing exclusive more than the 5 cameras, and even then they are not the best sensors, you will not have a screen with superior performance nor Nokia's exclusive technologies that are comparable with those of Sony.

24. joshuaswingle

Posts: 591; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

Everyone is taking the title as an attack on the Sony which wasn't meant to be that case. A bargain is something sold at a very good price. 599 for the Nokia 9 is an extremely good price which like results in slim profit margins. 949 for the Xperia 1 will result in big profit margins for Sony. Like the Galaxy S10 does for Samsung and the iPhone does for Apple. It's not a crazy price, but it's most certainly not a bargain. Wait a few months for the price to drop, then it'll be a bargain. Look at the XZ3, now available to purchase for just €499 in Europe. Now THAT is a bargain

29. meanestgenius

Posts: 22035; Member since: May 28, 2014

HMD uses Nokia’s patents for their smartphones via licensing agreement, which is far and away one of the most extensive set of patents in the business, not the most. The penta-lense setup is a combination of Light technology and Nokia technology, so there is “exclusive technologies” from Nokia via HMD in the Nokia 9 Purview. The hardware build is definitely Nokia via HMD as well, or “exclusive technologies” from Nokia. Nokia Ozo will also be present in the Nokia 9 Pureview, more “exclusive technologies” from Nokia, which is awesome. Nokia’s technologies are indeed comparable to Sony’s, if not better.

25. Djz89

Posts: 443; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

It's too expensive, bjt, i would rather pay sony than apple. Even if both are overpriced. And tbh i think you get alot more with this sony device compared to any apple phone ever

26. Kuroki

Posts: 183; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

Sony was moving in the right direction with the XZ3. What the f*ck happened?

30. perry1234

Posts: 645; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

Sony Xperia 1 is not competitively priced. I think Sony should consider increasing revenue from volume and since it could potentially result in more handsets being sold, the word of mouth review would be a good advertisement for Sony. On the other hand, several people do not place Sony on the same pedestal as Samsung or Apple. The $1013 or whatever pricing could backfire horribly. Most people with $1000+ dollars to spend on a phone will probably buy Apple or Samsung, especially since Sony's service in several upcoming markets is sub-par.

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