Nokia 9 PureView could come to the US with impressive camera specifications

Nokia 9 PureView could come to the US with impressive camera specifications
Android power users thinking about picking up a hot new flagship smartphone over the next couple of months may have a hard time deciding what brand to put their trust in. Everyone from Samsung to LG, Huawei, and Nokia is preparing to unveil next-gen mobile powerhouses, and in a refreshing change of pace compared to the past few years, it looks like we'll be getting a wide range of premium designs and various exciting camera implementations.

Perhaps the most exciting of them all is that insane penta-lens setup repeatedly rendered of late on the back of a Nokia 9 PureView finally expected to see daylight at the 2019 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on February 24. But what's equally crazy (and intriguing) is that we have reason to believe the brand's first true flagship model in several years will be officially released stateside.

Now that's what we call a US comeback


Technically, there are already plenty of Nokia-branded smartphones US consumers can purchase from authorized retail channels. The Nokia 2 V and 3.1 Plus are even available through Verizon and Cricket Wireless, marking a long overdue resurgence of the company's efforts to gain a foothold in a paramount global market with the help of major (and minor) local carriers.


But as you well know or at least can easily guess from their names, the Nokia 2 V and 3.1 Plus are nothing to write home about. They're incredibly affordable, but that's pretty much all they have going for them. Meanwhile, HMD Global, which is actually the company behind Nokia's proverbial rise from the ashes, also sells decent mid-rangers like the Nokia 6, 6.1, and 7.1 unlocked in the US.

The Nokia 9 PureView, of course, is expected to be an entirely different animal, with high-end specs and features including Snapdragon 845 processing power, a hefty battery of around 4,000 mAh capacity, and modern in-display fingerprint recognition. The unreleased hero device recently paid the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) a regulatory visit, which didn't appear to reveal anything big at first glance. Just model numbers for single and dual-SIM variants, a predictable Android One logo on the back of the phone, as well as further visual evidence of that bonkers five-camera arrangement with an LED flash and autofocus module also in the picture.


On closer inspection, NokiaPowerUser discovered an intriguing "USA" reference on one of the handset's label samples filed with the FCC. This suggests the Nokia 9 PureView will come to the US, most likely as an unlocked phone since no carrier is mentioned anywhere in the official certification documentation. That's certainly not ideal, meaning you'll probably have to pay around $800 or $900 outright to own this bad boy, but it's a pretty big step in the right direction for Nokia, which could soon take on the top five high-end smartphone vendors in the US.

About that camera


Remember when we refused to believe there would be five imaging sensors slapped on the shiny glass rear cover of the long-awaited Nokia 9? Well, we definitely believe now, following a number of crystal clear, 100 percent reliable leaks, but... we still have no idea what each individual camera will do. There was a rumor about the five potentially working together to capture the same shot at the same time, letting you pick your favorite picture from a pool of different effects and angles.


On that note, a Chinese tipster claims the device will combine telephoto, wide-angle, and "deep sensing" lens technology to basically provide every available trick in the book for every type of shutterbug and image capturing scenario. Furthermore, we're finally hearing some concrete details on the possible specifications of the Nokia 9 PureView cameras, said to comprise two 12MP, two 16MP, and one 8MP lens.

That would bring the grand total of available megapixels to 64, compared to 68 for the triple-lens Huawei Mate 20 Pro, for instance. Still pretty impressive, although some of the world's best cameraphones right now are significantly humbler in that aspect, clearly proving numbers don't matter very much when it comes to imaging prowess. Ergo, we'll just have to wait and see what the Nokia 9 PureView is actually capable of in the real world. Besides, this newest megapixel count rumor is impossible to verify for the time being.

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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

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37 Comments

1. antroid

Posts: 392; Member since: Jan 24, 2018

I hope it will be a great successor of the famous Nokia 808 pureview

4. Damo579

Posts: 264; Member since: May 18, 2013

Only thing missing is xenon flash

2. PhoenixFirebird

Posts: 125; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

If the software is spectacular, this will be really impressive

8. Venom

Posts: 3674; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I hope so because they need something to sell that ridiculous backside.

10. meanestgenius

Posts: 22188; Member since: May 28, 2014

The software is stock Android, so it should be good. The awesome looking 5 camera setup is what will be the star attraction of the Nokia 9.

14. Venom

Posts: 3674; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I think the software will be ok since it's using Android One even though Nokia takes a little longer to get updates out.

18. meanestgenius

Posts: 22188; Member since: May 28, 2014

HMD updates their smartphones faster than over 90% of the Android OEM’s out there, and they update more of their roster than most. They need to be applauded for doing so. Where you’re getting this “....a little longer to get updates out” is beyond me.

3. meanestgenius

Posts: 22188; Member since: May 28, 2014

I’m here for it! I have high hopes that the Nokia 9 will be a great smartphone. If HMD nails the imagery and performance of this Nokia branded smartphone, most won’t care that’s using the SD845 (which is a very capable SoC) in the midst of SD855 powered smartphones that are about to be released. Can’t wait for this 5 camera lens beast to be released.

5. NateAdam8

Posts: 439; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

I'd love to own a Nokia Brand device again.

6. rsiders

Posts: 1970; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Me too definitely.

12. meanestgenius

Posts: 22188; Member since: May 28, 2014

It’s great that HMD is bringing this to the U.S. They have been focusing more on the U.S., proving those wrong that complained about them never doing so.

17. Venom

Posts: 3674; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Based on what official word?

19. meanestgenius

Posts: 22188; Member since: May 28, 2014

Based on their own official word, from articles that were even posted here on PA: https://www.phonearena.com/news/Nokia-US-smartphone-market-focus-2019_id112835 Reading isn’t as fundamental for some, I guess.

23. Venom

Posts: 3674; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

So where in that article you posted does it say or even imply that the Pureview is coming over to the US?

27. meanestgenius

Posts: 22188; Member since: May 28, 2014

The link I posted proves that HMD is focusing on the U.S. now. You said "based on what official word", you said nothing about a specific smartphone. However, this article right here implies that the N9PV is coming to the U.S., based on the official label on the smartphone, which was the case for other Nokia branded smartphones as well. Thanks for admitting that you didn't even read this article you're commenting on.

31. Venom

Posts: 3674; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Obviously I'm referring to the Pureview since that's what the damn article is about. So you can't show me where in the article it's said or implied officially that the Pureview is coming to the US? Understood.

35. meanestgenius

Posts: 22188; Member since: May 28, 2014

Obvious I'm referring to the Purview as well, and so is this very article. If you actually READ THE ARTICLE instead of seeing "Nokia" in the title and going full attack mode, you'd see it. But do continue to live in denial, as you so love to do.

7. GoodGame

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 11, 2019

This would be a hit had they managed to release this around Q3 last year. hoping that this imaging capabilities is the next big thing

9. Venom

Posts: 3674; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

They are going to have to price it right. Anything above $499 is just going to be too much. They have an advantage over LG who has yet to learn about pricing their phones in the $1K range, but a flagship Android One isn't justified at that price either. Just my thoughts on the matter.

13. rsiders

Posts: 1970; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

You are a freaking joke. Anything above $499 eh?lol

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