Nokia 9 PureView Hands-On: This Five-Camera Flagship Impresses


The good news is you get Android 9 Pie - the latest version of the software - and the 4.2 is part of Google's Android One program meaning an nearly stock version of the operating system and guaranteed major Android updates for two years, and security updates for three. Thankfully, there's more to the Nokia 9 PureView than an elaborate camera.

The camera is the real hero of this device, with 3x 12MP monochrome and 2x RGB lenses. The phone is powered by quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 429 SoC and packs 2GB or 3GB of RAM depending on the variant.

Considering the fact that the Nokia 9 PureView isn't essentially sporting the latest chipset, HMD Global has priced it just about right at US$699.

"Nokia smartphones have always pioneered imaging innovation".

"It's the only camera in world capable of capturing multiple images at different exposure levels at the same time", HMD head of Global Portfolio and Product Planning Pranav Shroff told media. Finally, the images are fused into a single HDR photo with texture and detail from both the shadows and the highlights.

The unparalleled high-fidelity 12MP depth map created with each JPG enables lovely Bokeh and provides the opportunity to explore your inner artist using Google Photo's built in depth editor.

The secondary, depth sensing camera allows you to take portrait-style shots, with a background blur effect around your subject.

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Designed with the needs of photography enthusiasts at its heart, Nokia 9 PureView also features the ability to capture images in uncompressed RAW "DNG" format and edit them directly on the phone yourself thanks to our partnership with Adobe Lightroom. We will, of course, be fully reviewing the Nokia 9 PureView as soon as we can.

There's no OIS included, but between the 5 sensors and the computational photography, it's unlikely that the Nokia 9 will need it. HMD also made special note that the Nokia 9 will not feature the all-too-familiar camera bump - preferring instead to create a seamless unibody housing, which I think I prefer.

Nokia 9 PureView saves images in JPEG, as well as RAW. As you might've read earlier, due to the chip-specific work needed to achieve the five-camera setup, it's still running last year's Snapdragon 845 flagship SoC.

Rounding out the specs you'll find 6GB of RAM, 128GB onboard storage, a 6-inch QHD (2K, or 2560 x 1440) OLED notch-less display and in-display fingerprint sensor. The PureDisplay screen technology features HDR10 support letting you enjoy crisp details, great contrast and rich colours in supported content. The Nokia 9 uses an in-display fingerprint scanner that is located a bit higher than usual.

Nokia 9 PureView is relying on shooting with all five of the sensors at the same time to stitch together the ideal image.

That's because it's got five (count 'em) lenses on the back.

The Nokia 9 PureView launches with Android 9 Pie out of the box. From the front, the new smartphone looks nearly indistinguishable from the recent slew of Android-powered rivals.