Nokia 9 PureView renders offer our best look yet at those five cameras and no-notch front

Now that the onslaught of late 2018 flagship smartphone releases is pretty much over, it’s time to turn our attention to a no doubt furious and exciting avalanche of early 2019 high-enders.

Along with the usual suspects (Samsung, LG, Sony, and so on), Nokia is widely expected to finally make a premium handset comeback sometime during the first few months of next year.
Of course, the Nokia 9 (or Nokia 9 PureView) is actually being developed by a little company called HMD Global, but what’s important is that bonkers penta-lens arrangement moves one step closer to an official confirmation today.

Thanks to the prolific (and almost always accurate) leaker Steve H. over on Twitter, as well as 91mobiles, we get to check out those five rear-facing cameras in a bunch of high-quality renders today.

These are based on factory CADs (computer-aided designs), so they still may not be 100 percent factual, but they sure give us a good idea of the flagship direction the Nokia brand is headed in. 

First and foremost, it’s worth highlighting the Nokia 9 PureView will most likely snub the infuriating notch trend. That being said, the “forehead” and especially the “chin” on this device could definitely be smaller.

With a 2:1 5.9-inch QHD display in tow, the Nokia 9 sounds sharp and trendy enough while not aiming to beat any size records. Overall dimensions are allegedly 155 x 75 x 7.9 mm, which will naturally make this significantly taller, as well as slightly wider and thicker than the 5.5-inch Nokia 8 Sirocco.

The latter’s Snapdragon 835 processor is obviously expected to get an upgrade to an 845 silicon, which is perfectly adequate for a high-end smartphone today, but may fall behind the pack in just a few months. 

The Nokia 9 PureView apparently leaves out the beloved headphone jack too, although shutterbugs might be willing to let that slide for the sake of possibly the world’s most advanced photography setup.

We don’t know exactly what each of the five rear shooters is supposed to do, but if you’re counting seven rings on the back of the Nokia 9 rendered today, that’s because a dual-tone LED flash and a dual-sensor detecting proximity are also coming to complete this futuristic design.

By the way, the rear cover should be made of glass, supporting wireless charging functionality, with a metal frame also in tow, a USB Type-C port on the bottom, a microphone integrated into the top antenna band, and no physical fingerprint scanner in sight. Does that mean the Nokia 9 PureView will follow the suit of the OnePlus 6T on the in-display fingerprint recognition bandwagon? Probably. Let’s just hope HMD Global goes through with this launch this time around.

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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. pokharkarsaga

Posts: 545; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Bring back that Lumia 920 Night Mode back in Nokia 9.

2. almostdone

Posts: 423; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

If this penta camera setup can produce better images than the the P20 pro with triple cam then I'm all for it.

4. worldpeace

Posts: 3099; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

They need to be at Pixel 3 and Mate 20 Pro level to put their brand back on the map.

5. Shi.O

Posts: 50; Member since: Nov 11, 2011

Nah! Pixel 3 is not that great.

9. ijuanp03

Posts: 502; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Says the guy who likes #beautygate

22. Venom

Posts: 3109; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I disagree even though the notch is bigger than it should be.

24. meanestgenius

Posts: 21453; Member since: May 28, 2014

Agreed. It isn't that great with all of those issues right out the gate.

27. Shi.O

Posts: 50; Member since: Nov 11, 2011

@ meanestgenius: True. Pixel 3 XL is a disappointment. Lots of issues. @ijuanp03: Shame on you. Apple fixes that. I own both Android and iOS, so your comment about Apple Sheep doesn't effect me.

28. Venom

Posts: 3109; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Apple breaks more than they fix and you want to talk about the Pixel?

29. Venom

Posts: 3109; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

You have issues right out of the gate.

32. meanestgenius

Posts: 21453; Member since: May 28, 2014

That's what she said about you.

13. Venom

Posts: 3109; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I think the penta camera setup is too gimmicky. Nothing really tops the Pixel phones in the camera department.

15. meanestgenius

Posts: 21453; Member since: May 28, 2014

I think the Penta camera setup is going to produce some amazing results. Smarrohones like the P20 Pro have already beaten the Pixel camera, so you're right to want it be as good or better than it.

23. Venom

Posts: 3109; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I think the Pixel phones will still be the best when it comes to cameras in phones because nothing can top the software, hardware, and optimization of the camera app that the Pixel phones have. That's a shared testament from multiple "credible" sources that deal with "smartphones." The penta camera setup just looks like a gimmick imo. Just my thoughts on the matter.

25. meanestgenius

Posts: 21453; Member since: May 28, 2014

The P20 Pro is the benchmark for smartphone cameras, even beating the Pixel line, as stated by many "credible" sources that deal with "smartphones". Google missed the opportunity to make add things to the Pixel cameras that only a dual or more camera set up can provide. Some may say that innovation is a gimmick, but they mostly say it because their favorite isn't doing it.

3. TypicalGeek

Posts: 209; Member since: Feb 19, 2015

SD845 in 2019? Say it ain’t so.

21. BuffaloSouce

Posts: 1220; Member since: May 01, 2017

They can slap the 835 in there and not say anything and nobody should know the difference

6. bovcrx

Posts: 101; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

Remake the 920 style and I'm in. For me that was the nicest design. I loved everything about that phone at the time. Just do a Hi-Fi DAC and the Pureview camera software.


Posts: 2810; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

No notch which is great but the bezels could be smaller, hope they fix that in the final product. But my main issue is Nokia 9 or the Mi Mix 3.

8. meanestgenius

Posts: 21453; Member since: May 28, 2014

That is GORGEOUS! If the Nokia 9 actually looks like this, HMD has a winner, design wise. I can’t wait for this phone to actually be released, as I’ve been holding out for this one as opposed to picking up a current night end flagship. I hope that the delay in release will result in HMD to use the SD855, as opposed to the SD845. If not, they need to price this below current high end flagship prices. Not too far above the OP6T would really get people to choose this, if they use the 845.

10. AliRadif86

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 06, 2018

I don't know I can't trust his voice

12. monoke

Posts: 1142; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

I got a phone with 1 back camera that I hardly even use honestly. Now they got this rotary machine gun looking thing coming out?! 'Smile and look at the camera.' I 'Uh.. Which one?'. Lol.


Posts: 360; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

The chin could've honestly been smaller.

16. Sparkxster

Posts: 1176; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Very nice Nokia! Hoping they delayed it for the snapdragon 855.

17. TechGirl90 unregistered

You get camera module! and You Get A Camera Module! AND YOU GET A CAMERA MODULE!! XD All jokes aside, I hope this implemtation of the multiple cameras on the back do Nokia some good. :) And I also hope that they keep quality in mind and not just quantity.


Posts: 159; Member since: Aug 07, 2018

Looks ok but why excluded the 3.5mm?

19. kevin007in

Posts: 327; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

but the render has 6 cameras. I dont see 5. its 6

20. meanestgenius

Posts: 21453; Member since: May 28, 2014

Two of them are the flash, I believe.

26. Seanetta unregistered

As long as Nokia gets the image quality right I'm sold

31. Venom

Posts: 3109; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

That's something they do need to get right.

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