Nokia 9 PureView receives important camera improvements in latest update

Nokia 9 PureView receives important camera improvements in latest update
It's a pity that US carriers didn't pick any of HMD Mobile's top-tier phones yet, but the competition at that level is quite fierce. Besides Apple and Samsung, there are few companies that manage to find success in the US with their flagship smartphones.

Even though the Nokia 9 PureView isn't offered by any US carriers at the moment, anyone can buy one from many of the retailers in the country for as low as $650. If you already own one, then you'll be happy to know that HMD is now pushing out a new update that will consistently the camera's performance.

As per NPU's report, the new changes come with the July security patch, which also includes a brand new Live Bokeh mode. Thanks to this new feature, Nokia 9 PureView owners will be able to adjust the focus before and after taking a photo.

The next important change included in the update is faster image processing, which means that you'll be able to take photos faster than before. It's one of those features that you don't know how good it is until you have it.

Last but not least, the update brings improvements to the fingerprint sensor to make it faster. The new update weighs in at 280MB and is currently going live in many European countries, but it's likely to jump the pond pretty soon as well.

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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



1. Venom

Posts: 3778; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Nice to see that the phone received an update to address some of the camera issues. This phone reminds me of the Essential phone quite a bit, which was a very underrated phone.

2. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

Better late than never, as it really needed it.

12. Venom

Posts: 3778; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I agree, it definitely needed it.

16. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

It needed it, but it still has less issues than many of the industry stalwarts smartphones.

18. Venom

Posts: 3778; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

It definitely needed it. Less issues doesn't excuse critical issues especially when less is an erroneous statement.

22. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

It needed it, and there are no excuses being made here, except by those making erroneous statements that it has less issues than many industry stalwarts.

3. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

Awesome. Can't wait to download it. HMD has been improving the few issues that the Nokia 9 Pureview has had. It is truly full of potential, one of better designed smartphones on the market, and the camera tech bodes well for what the future may bring in smartphone photography. Reminds me of the BlackBerry Key1 with how underrated it is.

4. rsiders

Posts: 1988; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Seriously one of the best camera systems available today if you judge by the image quality. Just head on over to Instagram and hashtag away. HMD should still be ashamed for not including manual focus as part of the classic Nokia camera pro mode.

5. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

Agreed. Check out Twitter as well. Breathtaking images there.

9. Venom

Posts: 3778; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I've seen a few pictures here and there, but I don't think they are anything that would make this phone any more than a niche phone at best. I don't think it quite matches what Nokia has done in the past when it comes to cameras. Just my opinion on the matter.

11. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

The pictures on Twitter and Instagram being posted are breathtaking. They are better than the ones from previous Nokia smartphones, IMO. The five camera set-up is awesome, and what you can do with the photos due to the amount of information captured is amazing. Definitely a niche smartphone marked for photo enthusiasts, but HMD has said this since it was released, so no surprise their.

13. Venom

Posts: 3778; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Definitely a niche phone for sure. Most people want something that can point and shoot and takes great photos for Instagram and selfies. A lot of phones can do that where some can do it much better than others. The point is that imo I don't really see much that would make this anything more than a niche phone and that's not necessarily a bad thing.

15. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

HMD has already marked this as a niche phone, so don’t know why people feel the need to say it like it’s a bad thing. It’s for photography enthusiasts. No other phone on the market today captures as much information in its photos as the Nokia 9 Pureview, and that’s the point of this smartphone. People keep saying “niche” like it’s a bad thing, and it’s not. And judging by the demand for this smartphone, it seems to be selling better than HMD anticipated.

19. Venom

Posts: 3778; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I think some people misunderstood the point. Saying that it's a niche device isn't a knock against the device or making it seem like it's a bad thing. That's just ludicrous. No other phone on the market has 5 cameras but that doesn't mean other phones are suitable enough for the usual IG photo or the selfie or whatever photo nonsense they have going on. Some phones have their own tricks and gimmicks like the Moto Z and the Hasselblad Moto mod camera. That's just one example that some people are seemingly trying to pretend doesn't exist.

21. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

I think some people are backtracking when they say some people are missing the point. They are just switching things up because I pointed out that they keep saying niche like it’s a bad thing, and like HMD didn’t mark this as niche out of the gate, which is ludicrous. The N9PV is absolutely suitable for IG pics, and one needs only to look up the hashtag #Nokia9Pureview to see that point proven, and it is also suitable for selfies and any other “photo nonsense” that someone has going on. The Nokia 9 Pureview cameras have proven to not be a gimmick, but this is just one thing that some people are trying to pretend isn’t true.


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Got the update yesterday.

7. DannyBarkerPhotography

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 09, 2019

Is it all its cracked up to be ?? I switched to the pureview from the Xperia XZ And have to say I'm impressed with the image quality ! Wish the camera was better in dark facing light situations !, And the only real issue I've found is the lack of response from the fingerprint scanner !

8. Venom

Posts: 3778; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

It could be better, but I find the 7.1 to be the better phone. I think most of the stuff is experimental like the FPS. They should have stuck with a regular FPS and not the halk baked one on the Pureview.

10. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

Totally agree, Danny. This is the best Nokia branded smartphone on the market today, and those of us that have one know this. The in-screen Fingerprint sensor is a bummer, but it’s getting better, and even OnePlus has found that they are having issues with the in-screen fingerprint sensor on the OnePlus 7, which is why they have been releasing updates for it as well.

14. Venom

Posts: 3778; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Best is subjective which is why I said IMO that the 7.1 is the better phone. I just think it would have been more practical to use a regular FPS instead of an inscreen one. The 1+ 6T uses an inscreen FPS, but it has a lot of redeeming qualities that make it a very good phone.

17. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

There is no subjectivity about the Nokia 9 Pureview being HMD’s best Nokia branded smartphone on the market today. Going spec for spec and rating the performance of each, the Nokia 9 Pureview wins handily. It is more powerful than all of their other smartphones, has better photography prowess, and offers everything that you can get on their other Nokia branded smartphones, while the others don’t offer everything the Nokia 9 Pureview offers, like the awesome 5 camera set up plus the ToF camera. It’s far better than the Nokia 7.1, which is a good smartphone. How people can say that this shouldn’t use the in-screen fingerprint tech when they have never said anything about phones like the OnePlus 6T having it (and even called it the “best phone ever”), is hypocritical.

20. Venom

Posts: 3778; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

There's no doubt that the Pureview has better specs than the 7.1. That was never the case despite what some people seem to incorrectly think. The 7.1 still offers several advantages compared to the Pureview that it doesn't have. Some of those features are important to some users. A fingerprint scanner, headphone jack, and a SD card slot. Those features are important especially for a phone that supposedly is big on camera features. RAW photos take up space and an SD card would have been a suitable solution for storage purposes. Everything isn't always about the best specs which is hypocritical because the Pureview is using an SoC from last year yet specs are important here.

23. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

The Nokia 9 Pureview has better specs than other Nokia branded smartphones, but some think that tried to make this seem like it isn’t the case are now backtracking. They don’t even know what specs The N9PV has, because this is the second time that they said that it doesn’t have a fingerprint scanner, and it actually DOES have one. This proves that certain people are not as knowledgeable about smartphones as they pretend to be. They are posers. RAW photos do take up a lot of space, but they can also be saved to the cloud as opposed to the smartphones internal storage, keeping the space free for other things that are wanted/needed. The photos are easily accessible there when wanted/needed. No one said the everything is about having the best specs, but the specs on The N9PV make it better than any other Nokia branded smartphone, as it performs better, is more powerful, and has better imaging prowess. These are facts. Nokia branded smartphones on a whole are really good though, no question about that.

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