Nokia 9 PureView: the world's first quintuple camera smartphone is here!

Nokia 9 PureView: the world's first quintuple camera smartphone is here!
So, you think 3 or 4 cameras on a phone is a bit excessive? Well, for a while now, we've been hearing that HMD Global is preparing a new Nokia phone with a total of 5 cameras on its back. And it has just been announced! It's called the Nokia 9 PureView and we are taking a closer look at it:

Design and display



The Nokia 9 PureView stays true to the design language that HMD has been establishing over the past couple of years. A rectangular shape with an elegantly simplistic appearance, an aluminum trim and a glass back, curved towards the edges for a more comfortable grip.

The screen has a 5.99-inch diagonal with an aspect ratio of 18:9. Its resolution is marked as QHD+, which means 1440 x 2880 and it's an OLED panel for deep blacks and vibrant colors.

You will notice that there's no fingerprint scanner to be seen on the phone's body. That's because HMD is utilizing the new under-the-screen fingeprint scanner tech. It's not an ultrasonic one, like on Samsung's Galaxy S10, and we'll have to wait and see how it performs.

Despite the hefty camera module and the 6-inch screen diagonal, the Nokia 9 PureView is actually not that huge of a smartphone. It is easily compared to phones that are easy to handle. Here's a quick size comparison between Nokia 9 PureView, Samsung Galaxy S10 (6.1"), iPhone XR (6.1"), and OnePlus 6T (6.4").

Nokia 9 PureView

Nokia 9 PureView

Dimensions

6.1 x 2.95 x 0.31 inches

155 x 75 x 8 mm

Weight

6.07 oz (172 g)

Samsung Galaxy S10

Samsung Galaxy S10

Dimensions

5.9 x 2.77 x 0.31 inches

149.9 x 70.4 x 7.8 mm

Weight

5.54 oz (157 g)

Apple iPhone XR

Apple iPhone XR

Dimensions

5.94 x 2.98 x 0.33 inches

150.9 x 75.7 x 8.3 mm

Weight

6.84 oz (194 g)

OnePlus 6T

OnePlus 6T

Dimensions

6.2 x 2.94 x 0.32 inches

157.5 x 74.8 x 8.2 mm

Weight

6.53 oz (185 g)

Nokia 9 PureView

Nokia 9 PureView

Dimensions

6.1 x 2.95 x 0.31 inches

155 x 75 x 8 mm

Weight

6.07 oz (172 g)

Samsung Galaxy S10

Samsung Galaxy S10

Dimensions

5.9 x 2.77 x 0.31 inches

149.9 x 70.4 x 7.8 mm

Weight

5.54 oz (157 g)

Apple iPhone XR

Apple iPhone XR

Dimensions

5.94 x 2.98 x 0.33 inches

150.9 x 75.7 x 8.3 mm

Weight

6.84 oz (194 g)

OnePlus 6T

OnePlus 6T

Dimensions

6.2 x 2.94 x 0.32 inches

157.5 x 74.8 x 8.2 mm

Weight

6.53 oz (185 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page


Camera



Let's get to the meaty bits — what's up with those cameras? The Nokia 9 PureView has five sensors with ZEISS optics on the back, two of which are RGB and the other three – monochrome. When taking a photo, all sensors work in unison to collect lighting, detail, and color data, and stitch it all together for the final image. According to HMD, taking a single photo results in at least 60 MP of imaging data being processed.

This is made possible with a dedicated image co-processor, which helps out with the heavy task. Every picture is HDR, can have up to 12.4 stops of dynamic range, and ends up with a full scene 12 MP depth map.

Yes, this means that you will be able to use a depth editor to specifically adjust bokeh effects after the photo has already been taken. It'll even allow you to tweak colors and contrast between different depth fields.

And yes, it can shoot RAW.

Hardware


The Nokia 9 PureView is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845... yes, that's last year's flagship processor. But hey, that doesn't make it bad, we assume, the choice of hardware here helped with keeping the phone's price in check. According to HMD, making the 5-camera setup with its image processor work in unison with the phone's main processor took a lot of work in partnership with Qualcomm. Launching the PureView wouldn't have been possible now if HMD insisted on developing the same algorithms for the Snapdragon 855.


That said, it'll still come with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage, on par with other flagships in the Android space.

The phone is rated for IP 67 water- and dust-resistance and doesn't have a headphone jack. We don't have the battery specs right now, but HMD claims 4G talk time of up to 28 hours and standby time of up to 16.5 days on a single charge.

So, how does it fare against the competition? Here is a quick Nokia 9 PureView specs comparison vs the Samsung Galaxy S10 and OnePlus 6T

Nokia 9 PureView vs Samsung Galaxy S10 vs OnePlus 6T

Display

Size

6.0 inches
6.1 inches
6.4 inches

Technology

P-OLED
Dynamic AMOLED
AMOLED

Screen-to-body

79.76 %
88.66 %
85.77 %

Features

HDR video support, Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
HDR video support, Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor

Hardware & Performance

System chip

Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SDM845
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SDM845

Processor

Octa-core, 2800 MHz, Kryo 385, 64-bit, 10 nm
Octa-core, 2840 MHz, Kryo 485, 64-bit, 7 nm
Octa-core, 2800 MHz, Kryo 385, 64-bit, 10 nm

GPU

Adreno 630
Adreno 640
Adreno 630

RAM

6GB LPDDR4
8GB LPDDR4
8GB LPDDR4

Internal storage

128GB
128GB
256GB, not expandable

OS

Android (10, 9.0 Pie)
Android (10, 9.0 Pie), Samsung One UI
Android (10, 9.0 Pie), OxygenOS UI

Battery

Capacity

3320 mAh
3400 mAh
3700 mAh

Charging

Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0, USB Power Delivery
Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0, USB Power Delivery, Samsung Adaptive Fast Charging
OnePlus Dash Charge

Stand-by time

16.5 days (396 hours)
the average is 21 days (514 h)
 
 

Talk time (4G)

28 hours
 
 

Video playback

12.00 hours
20.00 hours
 

Camera

Rear

Penta camera
Triple camera
Dual camera

Main camera

12 MP (Autofocus)
12 MP (OIS, PDAF)
16 MP (OIS, PDAF)

Specifications

Aperture size: F1.8; Focal length: 28 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.8"; Pixel size: 1.25 μm
Aperture size: F1.5/F2.4; Focal length: 26 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.55"; Pixel size: 1.4 μm
Aperture size: F1.7; Focal length: 25 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.6"; Pixel size: 1.22 μm

Second camera

12 MP (Autofocus)
12 MP (Telephoto, OIS, PDAF)
20 MP (PDAF)

Specifications

Aperture size: F1.8; Focal Length: 28 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.8"; Pixel size: 1.25 μm
Optical zoom: 2x; Aperture size: F2.4; Focal Length: 52 mm; Sensor size: 1/3.6"; Pixel size: 1 μm
Aperture size: F1.7; Focal Length: 25 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.8"; Pixel size: 1 μm

Third camera

12 MP (Black and White, Autofocus)
16 MP (Ultra-wide)
 

Specifications

Aperture size: F1.8; Focal Length: 28 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.8"; Pixel size: 1.25 μm
Aperture size: F2.2; Focal Length: 12 mm; Sensor size: 1/3.1"; Pixel size: 1 μm
 

Fourth camera

12 MP (Black and White, Autofocus)
 
 

Specifications

Aperture size: F1.8; Focal Length: 28 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.8"; Pixel size: 1.25 μm
 
 

Fifth camera

12 MP (Black and White, Autofocus)
 
 

Specifications

Aperture size: F1.8; Focal Length: 28 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.8"; Pixel size: 1.25 μm
 
 

Video recording

3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps)
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (60 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (240 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (960 fps)
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (60 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (240 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (480 fps)

Features

HDR, Video calling, Video sharing
HDR, Time-lapse video, Hyperlapse, Picture-taking during video recording, Video light, EIS, Video calling, Video sharing
EIS, Video calling, Video sharing

Front

20 MP
10 MP
16 MP

Video capture

 
3840x2160 (4K UHD)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)

Design

Dimensions

6.10 x 2.95 x 0.31 inches (155 x 75 x 8 mm)
5.90 x 2.77 x 0.31 inches (149.9 x 70.4 x 7.8 mm)
6.20 x 2.94 x 0.32 inches (157.5 x 74.8 x 8.2 mm)

Weight

6.07 oz (172 g)
the average is 6.4 oz (184 g)
5.54 oz (157 g)
the average is 6.4 oz (184 g)
6.53 oz (185 g)
the average is 6.4 oz (184 g)

Materials

Back: Glass (Corning Gorilla Glass 5); Frame: Aluminum
Back: Glass (Corning Gorilla Glass 5); Frame: Aluminum
Back: Glass (Corning Gorilla Glass 5); Frame: Aluminum

Resistance

Water, Dust; IP 67
Water, Dust; IP 68
 

Biometrics

2D Face unlock, In-screen fingerprint
2D Face unlock, Ultrasonic in-screen fingerprint
2D Face unlock, In-screen fingerprint

Shopping information

MSRP

$ 699
$ 900
$ 629

Pure Android experience



HMD has partnered with Google for its Nokia phones and they are all now under the Android One umbrella. This means that the Android UI on board is next to untouched, “the way Google meant for it to be” and that the phones will get guaranteed OS updates of at least two years and security patches for three years after launch. Additionally, the updates should be much faster. Thus far, HMD has proven its dedication to the program with its other phones, from entry-level to top-tier.

The Nokia 9 PureView will launch with Android 9 Pie and its nifty new features, like gesture controls, Digital Wellbeing, Adaptive Battery, and so on.

Price


The Nokia 9 PureView will cost you $699, which is a pretty fair price. We get in-screen fingerprint scanner, that juicy new penta-lens camera, and a clean Android experience. Sure, it's powered by a 2018 processor, but if the performance is there and the camera quality is what HMD claims it to be, we'd be willing to look the other way here.

It will be available in March, but you will be able to pre-order yours today!

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