Take $100 off the Nokia 9 PureView and its penta-camera setup starting this Sunday

Take $100 off the Nokia 9 PureView and its penta-camera setup starting this Sunday
Just because a phone has five cameras on its back doesn't mean it is a worthy buy. There have been numerous problems with the Nokia 9 PureView's optical in-display fingerprint scanner, and the facial recognition system on the device is not secure. Even a recent update meant to fix the problems with the fingerprint scanner didn't help as users were complaining that unregistered prints were unlocking their phones.

Still, there could be consumers out there who would rather walk around with a conversation piece in their hands, asked constantly "what phone is that?" because of the five cameras (with Zeiss optics) on the back of the unit. And yes, we will get to those cameras in a minute. Right now, we want to tell you about a sale on the unlocked Nokia 9 PureView spotted by Droid-Life. From this coming Sunday, May 5th, through Saturday, May 11th, both Best Buy and Amazon will offer the Nokia 9 PureView for $599. That is a $100 or 14% savings. You probably noticed that the deal ends the day before Mother's Day, which is no doubt the reason for the price cut in the first place.

The way the multiple cameras work on the device is not quite what you might have been expecting. All five sensors weigh in at 12MP, three of them are monochrome, and all five fire at once when a picture is taken. The idea is to draw more light into the camera for higher quality photos. There is also a Time-of-Flight (ToF) sensor on the back. This measures how long it takes for an infrared light to bounce off a subject and return to the phone. This data helps it more accurately measure depth for an improved bokeh effect in portraits, and for AR applications.

The Nokia 9 PureView is equipped with a 6-inch P-OLED screen (warn your mom about potential scratches) and is powered by the Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform. It carries 6GB of memory, 128GB of storage, and comes with a 3320mAh battery inside. Android 9 Pie is pre-installed. Keep in mind, however, that the Nokia 9 PureView works on GSM carriers and MVNOs only such as AT&T, T-Mobile, MetroPCS, and Cricket Wireless.

If you really want your mom to have an easy to use smartphone that she would enjoy, you might want to check out the Moto G7 Power. Stuffed with a 5000mAh battery, the phone is $214.95 at Walmart. Sure, the 6.2-inch LCD screen has a resolution of 720 x 1570 (HD+), but your mom probably won't care and she'll brag to her friends about the long battery life she is getting.

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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. meanestgenius

Posts: 22268; Member since: May 28, 2014

PA, the Nokia 9 Pureview DOES NOT have a headphone jack at all. The updates have also made this smartphone an absolute joy to use outside of the still-in-need-of-a-better-fix in-screen Fingerprint reader. The amount of information captured on the penta-lense set up surpasses the amount of information that other smartphones capture. The result is some phenomenal photos, especially after edits due to the amount of information captured. The performance of the phone is at the top of other SD845 smartphones, too.

12. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

Lol, try harder. Quoting GSMArena: -Buggy software, freezes and crashes happen often when using the camera -No microSD slot, while shooting RAW+JPG eats storage quickly -The default JPEG and video output is not flagship-worthy -The camera's prolonged image processing is tedious and takes a toll on battery life Doesn't look good to me for a camera-centric phone. On a sidenote: I'm quite disappointed, as I have been waiting for a Nokia flagship ever since the rumours of HMD started.I really hoped they could bring back the times of the legendary 1020 PureView. A camera phone with subpar JPEGs, unstable camera software and a lot of time to process just doesn't do it for me, regardless of the RAW quality.

13. meanestgenius

Posts: 22268; Member since: May 28, 2014

LMAO LMAO! This is coming from a Sony fan?! LMAO! You need to try harder yourself. Anyway, from Digital Trends: -Camera is fun to use -Strong Performance -Good display -Unique, year turning design -Clean Android One Software with Timely Updates. PC Magazine: Unique camera abilities. Android One guarantees multi-year updates. Attractive design. Looks pretty good for a camera-centric Phone. On a side note: I’m more disappointed in Sony’s smartphones and performance as a company in the smartphone field for a good while now. I really hoped that they could bring something intriguing to the table, but it’s been the same old, lackluster smartphones from them with the same old boring design, and not so good camera. They need to pack it up and exit the smartphone business. They are done.

14. meanestgenius

Posts: 22268; Member since: May 28, 2014

But wait, there’s more: From Uswitch Mobile: Super-bright pOLED screen Water and dustproof certification Amazing camera “The five camera lenses are what sets the Nokia 9 Pureview apart from any other device out there. Rather than having each camera lens dedicated to specific functions like the zoom or wide angle shots, the Nokia 9 Pureview’s lenses all have identical aperture and a 12-megapixel sensor, with three monochrome and two colour. Whenever you take a picture, all five cameras are used, each one capturing the scene with different exposure settings. The results are then combined to produce an image with an impressive dynamic range. The monochrome sensors are capable of letting in up to about three times more light than colour lenses. So this means a high level of detail, even in poor lighting conditions. And it can also help produce beautifully detailed black and white images. This multi-camera setup also has a different approach to background blur. It doesn’t try to detect the foreground subject and blur everything else like many dual-lens setups. Instead, it builds a “depth map” of hundreds of layers that are then combined to show a gradual de-focus between 7cm and 40m away from the camera. This translates to a more fluid, natural looking background blur that increases as you look further in the photo. Of course, combining such a large amount of data requires a lot of processing power and it can result in seconds of delay while the algorithm processed the data. But the results are impressive and the “Depth Mode” picture are recognised by Google Photos so that the level of focus can be adjusted after you’ve taken the shot.” Again, looks pretty good for a camera-centric smartphone.

16. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

I've looked into them, and I must say that the raw files do look good indeed. I'm still worried about the JPEGS (that I care about most) though: "So, to get flagship-grade photos in good light, you should expect to process all your images in Lightroom. And having said that, this is the only way you can get acceptable low-light photos. The Nokia 9 isn't a match for any flagship when it comes to night shots. It lacks a Night Mode and relies purely on its frame-stacking and processing. And the default output is of rather poor quality - the images are noisy with blown highlights, and even the resolved detail doesn't look good. Then there is the excessive sharpening which further boosts the noise, and the final shots are average at best."

19. meanestgenius

Posts: 22268; Member since: May 28, 2014

I'm more of a photo enthusiast, and I love to play with photos. Editing all of that information makes for some incredible photos. I care more about the RAW than I do to JPEGs, which is why this phone appeals to me much. I can point you in the direction of Twitter (there's that social media site again) where you'll see some pretty good low light photos. Is it the best low light point and shooter? Nope. But it isn't the worse, either.

25. meanestgenius

Posts: 22268; Member since: May 28, 2014

By the way, here are some low light JPEGs from the Nokia 9 Pureview. Pretty good. https://twitter.com/KarolMattila/status/1107237662161862658

30. domfonusr

Posts: 1087; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

I am sure that there are plenty of reviews that go either way... and I do not doubt your personal experience - certainly the Nokia 9 PureView does alright for your particular needs and hobbies - but I don't know a lot of people who take photos in RAW format all the time, and the amount of time it takes to process all of that info, while the image will certainly be high-quality, may be a bit daunting to most other people. And that is just the main problem with the camera functions... granted, the days of the herky-jerky photos may be in the past (largely), but then there are other serious problems still at play. Now, future software updates may continue to fix many of them, but it will take more than just a couple months to work it all out. I think they're gonna have to drop the price another $100 or $200 before this device starts getting the traction that will lift it out of obscurity. Honestly, the ZTE Axon M had fewer issues, in spite of the odd form-factor and all of the problems associated with that, even though it also scored a 4.0 out of ten. HMD, though, will probably give much better long-term support for the N9PV than ZTE could ever have given the Axon M. On the positive side, if you pull that phone out, people are definitely going to ask you, "what is that?" Because hardly anybody will have seen one, they'll be so rare for a while yet.

32. meanestgenius

Posts: 22268; Member since: May 28, 2014

Domfonsur....When I posted those reviews in the links I provided, that was my entire reasoning for doing so. People tend to always gravitate towards the negative when they try to bash something, often ignoring the positive. And if you’ve read comments I’ve made on previous articles about that Nokia 9 Pureview, you’ll see that I’ve mentioned that this smartphone is a niche one for camera enthusiasts. I’ve also said that, while the JPEGs are good (not the best), that you get the best photos out of the N9PV from the RAW photos due to the amount of information captured from them and thus are able to tweak. I’ve even mentioned here how much time it takes for processing, and why. The only other problem that one could say about the camera is the slow switching between camera modes. The camera app crashing has been fixed in one of the updates, as has the phone getting hot while processing the photos. These are factual points that I bring up that people continue to look past, including you, it seems. But those of us that actually own the device and use it day to day know all of this. We see the positive effects of the quick updates that HMD has been applying (with the exception of the in-screen fingerprint reader). HMD will definitely give better long term support for The N9PV as well. I’ve been used to people asking in awe what phone I’m using ever since I’ve used my Nokia E90 Communicator, lol. But my point lately on Nokia 9 Pureview articles is to make people aware of the facts of the updates pushed out by HMD that has fixed most issues (fingerprint reader aside). The camera processing time of photos is going to be slower than others due to the amount of information taken in. That’s just a fact. Switching between camera modes needs to be faster, though. This phone isn’t for everyone. HMD said as much when they released the phone, which is why they said it’s a “limited edition”, and “niche” smartphone. But people are ignoring that fact as well.

34. rsiders

Posts: 1975; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Well it's not advertised as a broad consumer phone. It's aimed directly at the demographic of people who love to edit from RAW while the auto has gotten even better.

36. meanestgenius

Posts: 22268; Member since: May 28, 2014

Exactly my point. You get it. I don’t know why others can’t seem to grasp this concept.

39. Venom

Posts: 3722; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

That seems like a cop out excuse if you ask me. "This phone didn't sell well." "Well it was made for such and such market." Stop making up excuses. The phone sold poorly because the reception was lukewarm. When you look at it, the only ones who really defend the Pureview are the obsessed superfans.

43. meanestgenius

Posts: 22268; Member since: May 28, 2014

You would say that, considering how you bash Nokia branded Android smartphones. Funny how you never mentioned that when the Essential Phone that you love so much failed miserably in sales, and you still cap for Google's low selling Pixels. Guess you're an obsessed super fan yourself.

24. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Try harder? The dude is giving his own personal experience with the phone after getting the recent update because we all know bug fix patches roll out to fix problems that professional reviewers find and bring light to. You're just quoting a review that was done on launch software, you have no experience with the actual device. Buzz off troll.

26. meanestgenius

Posts: 22268; Member since: May 28, 2014

Thank you! Dude literally rolled in to troll my experiences with this smartphone after the update. He didn't even bother to understand what I was saying.

27. Subie

Posts: 2388; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Hey MG, I give Xperia14 some credit - he didn't complain about CDMA compatibility ;)

29. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

Lol, so sharing your personal thoughts based upon a review is called trolling? Not everyone wants to edit their photos, some just want a fast and stable camera software and nice quality JPEGs, and that's definitely a point where the N9PV lacks behind. Anyways, enjoy your day fanboying. Bye.

2. meanestgenius

Posts: 22268; Member since: May 28, 2014

Forgot to mention that the battery life gets better and better as your usage increases, and the build quality is amazing. Stock Android with HMD pushing out speedy, consistent updates is the icing on the cake. Hands down the best Nokia branded Android smartphone on the market today. HMD just needs to fix the in-screen Fingerprint sensor, and of possible, increase the processing time of the photos and switching between camera modes. Those last two don't bother me though, but it still needs work. All in all, it's a good deal. Those of us that actually own the N9PV and have been using it after the updates (which were pushed out quickly), can attest to it. I encourage people to check out Twitter to see photos being put up constantly that are from Nokia 9 Pureview users. Some amazing stuff there.

3. japkoslav

Posts: 1517; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

No, why even bother. I mean it's funny to observe such a mobile disaster, but week later only fans care.

4. meanestgenius

Posts: 22268; Member since: May 28, 2014

I'd be able to respond to you in a more appropriate manner if you actually typed that in a legible manner.

5. josjom

Posts: 5; Member since: May 04, 2019

N9PV captures BEST STILL IMAGE in any smartphone...no doubt. Is this a news or demolition work...its a pity how this piece was written, its clear that this article is a demolition work, not a news...

6. japkoslav

Posts: 1517; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

We can all compare pictures, it does not. It's decent, good HDR, but details are nowhere to be seen compared to better phones. I had high hopes for Nokia 9, sadly they were crushed by Nokia incompetency. But the basics are here and second gen. has a potential to really become the best.

7. meanestgenius

Posts: 22268; Member since: May 28, 2014

The details that the Nokia 9 Pureview capture are more than any other smartphone when shooting in RAW. Even the JPegs are much better than "decent", but its true strengths are in the RAW photos and what you can do with it due to how much more information it capttures compared to other smartphones. Actual owenwrs and those that use this smartphone for it's true strengths realize this, which is why I said check Twitter for some amazing photos put up by Nokia 9 Pureview owners daily. The fact that you won't check tells me all I need to know. By the way, "Nokia" has nothing to do with making this smartphone, HMD does. Not a hard concept to grasp.

8. japkoslav

Posts: 1517; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Sorry I did not notice almost every flagship on the maket being capable of shooting in RAW. It's really funny.

9. meanestgenius

Posts: 22268; Member since: May 28, 2014

Apologies, I didn't realize that you just can't comprehend that I said that the Nokia 9 Pureview caprures more information in RAW than any other smartphone does. It's really funny. ;)

10. japkoslav

Posts: 1517; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Sure it does it has more sensors, more lower quality sensors and slow SOC that takes ages if you are not able to get it right the first time or you experience one of many ... composite artefacts. What is funny is that you even used the HMD/Nokia desperation card, so do you really expect reasonable discussion? You are clearly a fan, I am cynical user that does not like incompetency no matter the "brand".

11. meanestgenius

Posts: 22268; Member since: May 28, 2014

The quality of the pics aren't lower, especially because you have more information than others to play with. The end results are fantastic. The N9PV also has a co-processor, as the SD845 can't process the info from five cameras simultaneously. The co-processor then sends the information to the SD845 to render. That's why the processing time tales long. These are the facts. What's even funnier is that you're upset because i corrected you about the difference between HMD and Nokia in regards to who actually makes the Nokia Android smartphones. That's not desperation, that's more. What's "desperation" is you trying to make it look as such. And judging by your initial response to me, you had no intention of having a "reasonable discussion". You tried to burn me, and ended up getting burned yourself, lol. Yup, I'm a fan, but I also call out the brands I prefer for their mishaps, much like I have called out HMD for their continued mishap with the in-screen Fingerprint reader, and how I wish switching between camera modes was faster, and how they shouldn't have launched a smartphone the Google Pixel way (issues out of the gate), to begin with. They corrected most of them pretty quickly, but it shouldn't have happened in the first place.

17. japkoslav

Posts: 1517; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Upset :D you wish mate. They first paragraf - we know, it's stated in every review. Snapdragon is not able to handle it alone and even with another DSP it still takes ages. It's so funny. Blind fan boys always are.

20. meanestgenius

Posts: 22268; Member since: May 28, 2014

Yeah, you mad, lmao. So if you know, why not mention it? There is an exact and reasonable reason why it takes so long. What's even funnier are the fools like you that can't dispute the facts, so you resort to calling everyone a "blind fanboy", when you're the one that's blind to the facts.

22. japkoslav

Posts: 1517; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

What facts? I seriously don't have a clue what you mean.

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