The only phone in the world with five cameras on the back is the flagship product Nokia 9 PureView, unveiled a few days ago. The phone sets a theoretical high bar for competitors who focus on dual, triple and quad lens cameras, promising an unparalleled camera experience.
I left my short hands-on meeting with HMD Global and Light, impressed by what I had to hear and see regarding the features of the camera. The Nokia 9 certainly sounds like the phone to beat when it comes to mobile cameras. However, it is not the most impressive showpiece of the beginning of 2019.
Let's start with the design of the Nokia 9. The Nokia 9 PureView features a sandwich glass design similar to that of most smartphones: a machined aluminum chassis rests between two Gorilla Glass 5 glass panels. wire is ready for use. A profile of only 8 mm is enough to ensure that no rear cameras protrude from the seamless glass panel, and that there is also no footprint sensor digital at the back. The sensor is integrated with the massive 5.99-inch pOLED display, which also seems to be the standard for the flagship devices of 2019.
But unlike other competitors, the phone has no notch at the top. The upper and lower frames are also noticeable, especially if you compare the phone to other handsets unveiled in recent days, including the Galaxy S10, the new LG phones and the Sony Xperia 1. HMD m said that he used a variety of display designs across his entire product line and is already using notch screens on the all-new mid-range vehicles that will join Nokia's lineup this year. But the Nokia 9 PureView has what is called a "classic Nokia" design.
To go to specs, the Nokia 9 will give you almost everything other phones have: a large 2K screen, 6GB RAM, 128GB of storage, quality sound, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, Bluetooth 5.0 and the support of Cat. 16 LTE. The processor, however, is the same Snapdragon 845 that propelled all the flagship of 2018. HMD stated that there was no Snapdragon 855 version of the phone under construction, but insisted that the Snapdragon 845 has never been used at this point, as HMD, Qualcomm and Light has pushed the limits of what it can do in terms of camera performance.
This brings us to the best thing about the Nokia 9 phone: the performance of the camera. The front shooter has a 20-megapixel sensor and supports 2D face unlocking. This is not comparable to Apple's Face Identity or the new LG Z-camera face unlock, but HMD claims that the selfie camera has built-in features to prevent image spoofing.
The main camera, meanwhile, contains five 12-megapixel Zeiss lenses, which work together to capture 60 megapixels of data for each image. Time and again, Light insisted on the huge amount of information provided by both RGB sensors and three monochrome sensors. Overlapping fields of view allow the phone to capture more data than competing devices, I am told, ensuring better bokeh effects, improved zoom, better color reproduction and more details.
Light explained that each photo is provided with 1,200 layers of depth, which allows to obtain a depth map superior to that of any other phone. The direct result is that you can refocus and adjust the bokeh effect after taking a picture. The bokeh itself is more like what photographers expect from cameras, offering progressive blur effects for background elements, rather than a uniform bokeh around the subject.
With its monochrome lenses, the Nokia 9 should offer better black and white photos than other smartphones. Again, each final 12-megapixel photo is a combination of five different snapshots, which means that each monochrome sensor takes a photo each time you press the shutter button. This is repeated for each image you take with the default settings or you choose to manually configure the settings for each shot.
But the complexity of processing a 60-megapixel photo into a single 12-megapixel image does not have a negative impact on the camera and phone. Even though the phone records an incredible amount of data – up to 240 megapixels of information taken from four consecutive shots during very demanding photo sessions – it is able to offer a preview instantly and everything is quickly transferred to the Snapdragon 845 platform. In short, you'll be ready to take the next shot as soon as you're done with the first one.
Processing is not only handled by the processor; the GPU and the coprocessor of image are also involved. And everything happens very quickly. The leaders of HMD and Light pointed out that they had worked closely with Qualcomm to optimize and streamline the entire processor. As I said before, HMD claims that the Snapdragon 845 has never been used fully, it's something that camera fans should consider when buying their next device.
That said, time will tell if the Nokia 9 PureView can live up to expectations, but it will require extensive reviews of the camera. If you want Nokia 9 camera samples now, you can go to the camera section at this link. Pro photographer Konsta Punkka also took many pictures with the phone, some of which are available on Instagram (see above).
Light, meanwhile, will work in partnership with other smartphone manufacturers for multi-purpose cameras, including Xiaomi and Sony.
The Nokia 9 PureView will cost $ 699 in the United States when it launches later this year. It's a high-end model, but still cheaper than competing flagship brands in 2019. Before you ask, a 5G version of the phone is not planned, to our knowledge – HMD will not discuss plans 5G for the moment.
In addition to the flagship product Nokia 9 PureView, HMD has launched four more phones at the MWC 2019, which will visit various markets in the coming months. The list includes the Nokia Featurephone 210, the entry-level Android handset Nokia 1 Plus (with a replaceable battery), as well as the Nokia 3.2 and Nokia 4.2 mobile phones, which will include notch models, Google Assistant support, buttons that turn on. with incoming notifications and affordable prices.
Finally, one thing to remember when buying a Nokia phone is that it incorporates the latest operating system, Android 9 Pie in this case, and that it will be probably one of the first non-pixel devices to use Android Q as soon as it is available.