At Mobile World Congress 2019, Nokia unveiled the Nokia 9 PureView, a legitimate flagship Android smartphone with 5 rear cameras that could put other phone cameras to shame.
Five rear cameras seems like overkill when you consider other phones like the Galaxy S10 and S10+ are just now starting to add a third rear camera.
The Nokia 9 PureView has five rear cameras and that doesn’t even seem like that big of a deal. The anticipated Nokia 9 PureView is HMD Global’s newest and boldest flagship phone under the Nokia brand the Finnish startup acquired several years ago. A word of warning: HMD says this phone is a “limited edition,” being offered in a limited run. But it should be coming to the US the phone costs €599 to $699.
This phone doesn’t sport a new Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor; instead, it has a Snapdragon 845 that Qualcomm’s representatives say is fully utilized to process the phone’s photos, plus a dedicated Light Camera Lux Capacitor processor in the phone. This is also an Android One phone like the Nokia 8.1 and 7.1, which means it’ll have two years of guaranteed Android updates and regular security updates.
The phone also has a 20-megapixel front-facing camera, a 5.99-inch 2K pOLED display, an under-the-screen fingerprint reader, face unlock via the phone’s front camera, wireless charging and IP67 water resistance. At least all those rear cameras are flush with no camera bump.
Whether you crave the Nokia 9 PureView really depends on whether you want to play with a five-camera computational camera for HDR and depth, or prefer something like a good old everyday three-camera variable zoom lens phone. It’s only a matter of time before someone decides to go to six cameras, or seven or nine. If camera lenses are like razor blades, the Nokia 9 PureView has earned a novelty spot for now… but that moment probably won’t last very long.
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
- 5.99 inch 2K QHD pOLED display
- 6GB RAM
- Five rear cameras plus time of flight sensor (Three 12-megapixel monochrome, two 12-megapixel RGB)
- 20-megapixel front camera
- 128GB storage
- A single color: Midnight Blue
- 8mm thick
- IP67 water resistance
- Gigabit LTE
- 3,320 mAh battery
- Wireless charging
- Gorilla Glass 5
- Under-screen fingerprint sensor, face unlock via front camera
- 18W fast charging
- No headphone jack
The writing has been on the wall for years. Even Canon’s CEO recently admit the market for DSLRs will bottom over the next couple of years because of smartphones.