European Union Intellectual Property Office approved multiple design patents of the Nokia 9 PureView. Following all the rumors about the 9 that started as early as December 2017, that the 9 was multiple times postponed, and filling date of the patents, confirms that in a way.
HMD Global submitted five design patents of the Nokia 9 PureView on 29th June 2018, that were approved on 11th March 2019. All five design patents show the device we now know as Nokia 9 PureView, but some with different camera arrangements on the back.
To be more precise, three design patents – 005331352-0001, –0002, and –0003 look identical to the Nokia 9 PureView we Know now, but design –0004 has a 2-3-2 camera (+LED, ToF) arrangement compared to 1-2-1-2-1 arrangement the original 9 PureView has now. The design –0005 has a noticeably bigger central sensor, which might suggest that a prototype had a bigger main sensor or maybe OIS on the main sensor.
The multiple different design patents of the Nokia 9 can be explained by HMD having a few different prototypes of the 9, and ultimately deciding to go forward with the configuration we have now. The designers mentioned by EUIPO are HMD’s Head of design Raun Forsyth and Industrial designer Chengli Hung.