Press render for the Nokia 9 PureView surfaces

Press render for the Nokia 9 PureView surfaces
The Nokia 9 PureView has leaked a number of times already, and many of you are already familiar with the design of the handset's penta-camera setup. Today, 91mobiles published a new press render that gives us another look at the phone. In addition to the five camera sensors using Zeiss optics, there is an LED flash and an autofocus module. That means that there are seven cutouts on the back of the handset.

Besides a high MP sensor to be used as the phone's primary camera, we could see a wide-angle camera, a telephoto camera, a monochrome sensor and a depth of field sensor for the bokeh effect. Other rumored specs include a 5.99-inch AMOLED display with a 1440 x 2880 resolution and an 18:9 aspect ratio. The Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform is believed to be under the hood along with 8GB of RAM and 128GB/256GB of native storage. Besides the five cameras on back of the phone, we expect to see a 12MP front-facing selfie snapper. Keeping the lights on should be a 4150mAh battery.

HMD Global, the company that makes Nokia handsets under license from Nokia, gave us a clue last summer that it was developing something noteworthy with the camera on a Nokia phone. In August, the company acquired the rights to the PureView trademark from Microsoft; the software giant acquired the name from Nokia when it purchased the latter's Devices and Services business for more than $7 billion in 2013. The original Nokia PureView handset was the Symbian powered Nokia 808 PureView, which had a 41MP rear-facing camera, astounding for 2012.

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Huawei set the latest multi-camera trend in motion with the triple cameras on back of the Huawei P20 Pro. The three sensors (which use Leica optics) include a 40MP primary camera, a 20 MP monochrome sensor, and an 8MP telephoto sensor. The Huawei Mate 20 Pro also launched with three cameras, which matched the trio on the P20 Pro with one change. The 20 MP camera takes ultra-wide angle shots instead of the monochrome images on the P20 Pro.

Last November, Samsung released the Galaxy A9 (2018) with four cameras on back. The quad-camera setup was the first of its kind and includes a 24MP primary camera with an f/1.7 aperture. A 10MP camera takes telephoto shots while the 8MP camera snaps ultra-wide images. The 5MP camera is used as a depth sensor.

The Nokia 9 PureView will be unveiled on February 24th, according to a recently released teaser. The very next day, the Mobile World Congress (MWC) trade show is set to kickoff in Barcelona, and will run through February 28th. Nokia's event will take place just four days after Samsung unveils its 2019 flagships and the long awaited foldable device.

Besides the penta-camera setup, the Nokia 9 PureView will have an in-display fingerprint scanner, but will not be equipped with a 3.5mm headphone jack. China's 3C certification reveals that the phone will come with an 18W fast charger right out of the box. And since this will be an Android One phone, it will offer fast updates. Speaking of updates, Nokia says that the device will receive Android Q and Android R. It is pre-installed with Android 9 Pie.

Remember when Nokia ruled the smartphone world with phones like the N95 that were ahead of their time? The company may never regain those heights again, but the Nokia 9 PureView could very well be the best smartphone ever released with the Nokia brand on it. As far as pricing is concerned, we could see the device priced in the range of $800-$900 USD.

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