HMD Global introduced its new Nokia smartphone to the MWC 2019. The main feature of the Nokia 9 PureView is its six-module camera (five lenses + flight time) co-designed with Zeiss and Light that promises to provide quality pictures unpublished on smartphones. The handset is powered by the Snapdragon 845 from Qualcomm, comes with a large pOLED display and has an eye-catching design.
In terms of smartphones, the Nokia brand is known for its two main qualities: high clarity screens and advanced imaging capabilities. Being HMD's flagship offering in 2019, the Nokia 9 PureView offers both.
A custom ASIC for dissecting image data
The Nokia 9 is the first handset in the world to use a camera with six sensors / modules: two 12 MP RGB sensors with Zeiss optics, three 12 MP monochrome sensors using Zeiss lenses and an instant light depth sensor . The camera is controlled by a tiny 14 mm2 ASIC developed by a company called Light, specializing in imaging solutions using arrays of 6, 12 or 18 cameras.
The lightweight ASIC independently controls all the camera modules in order to focus them, adjust the exposure levels by aperture, calculate the white balance, and so on. Once the cameras have captured their images, the ASIC merges them into a single "RAW" image (as Nokia says, "HDR Image") containing both information about the color and lighting / shadows. Then, the chip transfers the "RAW" data using two MIPI transmitters to a host for further processing. Since the current Qualcomm Snapdragon SoCs do not support natively six camera modules, Nokia needed Light's ASIC not only because it controlled the sensors, but also because it encapsulated the data in a format that a mobile SoC could consume and process.
Once the data reaches Qualcomm's Snapdragon system, Nokia's magic sets in. The company has developed algorithms that use Qualcomm's hardware, ISP, and DSP hardware to process sensor image data. According to Nokia, the use of the ASIC and the various hardware features provided by Snapdragon allow the Nokia 9 PureView to process serious images without significantly affecting battery life.
The combination of data from five 12 MP sensors, according to the company, allows the Nokia 9 PureView to capture a tremendous amount of color and light detail. Obviously, using the available data, the phone itself can apply various effects to photos on the fly using the camera's UI, including depth of field (bokeh effect), various types of blur, tilt, shift, etc. Perhaps more importantly, the RAW images (the DNG to be more precise) produced by the Nokia 9 PureView can be edited later in any possible way, focal points can be edited, and so on. , using the preinstalled Adobe Lightroom app (or Google Photos photo editor). With its six-module camera, Nokia opens virtually all the possibilities that were previously reserved for photographers with high-end cameras.
The powerful imaging features of the Nokia 9 PureView are not limited to the highly personalized camera located at the back. The smartphone has a 20 MP sensor on the front to make selfies. The imaging software also works with this camera.
The PureDisplay of 5.99 inches
The handset is equipped with a custom 5.99-inch POLOLED screen that covers almost the entire surface of the front of the phone, but still has a small notch. The screen has a resolution of 2880×1440 (537 PPI), as well as a very high contrast ratio common to OLED type screens. In an effort to bring out the crowd's screen, Nokia has made several improvements to PureDisplay to further improve the quality of the display used by its premium offering.
For biometric security, Nokia has installed a fingerprint scanner on the screen. Meanwhile, the screen is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 5.
The Nokia 9 is based on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 application processor (four 2.8-GHz Kryo Gold 385 cores, four 1.7 GHz Kryo Silver cores, Adreno 630 processor), along with 6GB of LPDDR4X memory as well as than 128GB NAND flash storage (for full specifications please see the table below). The choice of the previous high-end platform may seem a little strange, but keep in mind that Nokia had to make sure that all its capabilities / algorithms for creating custom images worked well with a particular SoC, which required a lot of time to work. correctly.
Regarding wireless connectivity, the Nokia 9 PureView offers everything its SoC offers: Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0, 4G / LTE Cat 16 with 4×4 MIMO, GPS / AGPS + GLONASS + BDS, NFC, ANT +. On the wired side, the phone has a USB Type C connector for data and charging.
The Nokia 9 PureView comes with a built-in 3,320 mAh battery and supports Qi wireless charging, as do the majority of today's high-end smartphones.
The Nokia 9 PureView comes in a chassis with an aluminum frame and Corning Gorilla Glass on both sides. The frame is rounded with chamfered edges that look pretty exquisite, enough to compete for the crowd style inspired by the Nokia 8 Sirocco, the former flagship product of HMD. The handset will be available in deep blue, almost black, which will emphasize the positioning of the device while remaining different from the black and gray headlights of other companies.
Style has always been an important feature of high-end Nokia phones. This is obviously no exception. Meanwhile, the handset is IP67 resistant to water and dust.
Price and availability
The Nokia 9 PureView will be available from next March for $ 699, which does not look too expensive for a single flagship smartphone with advanced imaging capabilities.
|The Nokia 9 PureView|
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
|SoC||Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
Four Kryo Gold 385 cores at 2.8 GHz
Four Kryo Silver cores at 1.7 GHz
Adreno 630 GPU
|Storage room||128 NAND flash|
|Local connectivity||Wireless||Wi-Fi 802.11ac|
|Data / Charge||USB 3.0 Type-C|
|l & # 39; Audio||No jack 3.5 mm|
|Navigation||GPS / AGPS + GLONASS + BDS, ANT +|
|Rear camera||2 × 12 MP RGB sensor with Zeiss optics, f / 1.8, 1 / 2.9 ", 1.25μm
3 × 12 MP RGB sensor with Zeiss optics, f / 1.8, 1 / 2.9 ", 1.25μm
Depth sensor 1 × TOF
1 × double LED flash / double tone
|Front camera||20 MP, 1.0μm|
|Size of the SIM card||nano SIM|
|sensors||Accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity detector, compass|
|Biometric security||Digital print||Sensor on the screen|
|Dimensions||size||155 mm | 6.2 inches|
|Width||75 mm | 2.95 inches|
|Thickness||8 mm | 0.31 inches|
|Weight||172 grams | 6,07 ounces|
|BONE||Google Android 9.0|
|Country of launch||EMEA, APAC, USA|
|Price||€ 620, $ 699|