HMD Global finally today announced the long-awaited camera flagship – Nokia 9 PureView. The device has the PureView label in its name suggesting that we are dealing with a successor of the iconic Nokia 808 PureView and Lumia 1020. Just as these devices disrupted the mobile market in terms of imaging, the Nokia 9 PureView is hoping to do the same.
Nokia 9 PureView is world’s first penta-camera smartphone. The device comes in a sleek glass sandwich design, with Gorilla Glass 5 covering the front 5.99-inch PureDisplay and 2.5D Gorilla Glass 5 covering the back. On the back, the mighty camera setup is positioned in a circle, where we have two 12MP f/1.8 color sensors (RGB), and three 12MP f/1.8 monochrome sensors, that combined can capture 10 times more light than standard RGB sensors.
All five of Nokia 9 cameras work together in creating a single shot. That requires excellent hardware optimization from HMD, FIH, ZEISS and Light, a startup Company working with HMD on multi-camera setup. Nokia 9 PureView not only fully utilizes the ISP coming with last year’s Snapdragon 845, but has dedicated camera hardware inside, that ultimately brings down the power consumption while taking photos. This seems really incredible, and it will be interesting to test if these claims really are true.
Every image captured by 9 PureView has 12.4 stops of dynamic range and a full scene 12MP depth map. The phone also offers export of uncompressed RAW DNG format, and editing on the phone thanks to Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. Nokia 9 PureView can identify over 1,200 layers which it uses to build a detailed depth map. You can switch to the three monochrome sensors and shoot black and white photos with the “native monochrome mode”. The Nokia Pro camera UI was upgraded with new features to make use of Nokia 9’s new hardware.
We also need to mention that Nokia 9 has no camera bump, and all this amazing hardware is packed in a housing with just 8mm of thickness. Amazing engineering, if you ask me.
As you can see, this phone’s signature feature is the camera. Other specifications include HDR10 certified 5.99 inch pOLED display in QHD+ resolution, Snapdragon 845 with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. USB Type C is of course here, as well as Qi Wireless charging. There is no headphone jack, but the phone is IP67 water and dustproof.
Android 9 Pie is on-board, and the 9 PureView is a member of the Android One program. That means at least 2 years of software upgrades and 3 years security updates.
Nokia 9 PureView is already shipping and has a global average retail price of 699 dollars or 620 euros. I find these prices to be good, and our Marin is already on the ground trying to get his hands on a 9 PureView, to really see if the new Nokia camerphones is really the new camera king on the market.
What do you say about the 9 from what we saw today? Leave your comment down below.
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