HDM Global has been doing a phenomenal job in reviving the Nokia. Today at the official launch of the MWC 2019 show, the company launched a new entrant for its pretty robust lineup. The Nokia 9 PureView, the device should make a lot of Nokia fans really happy as HMD never really released a successor for the insanely popular 1020 from 2013.
The Nokia 9 PureView is a camera-focused device that should service the demanding nature of professional photographs who need the versatility of a phone camera (the 9 is not very versatile).
On the outside, there is nothing stellar about the package: it is a dual glass phone with a metal frame. It also has no notch, and its front panel that measures 5.99 inches has a lot of LG G6’s DNA. HMD says the phone is tightly sealed from water and dust intrusion with an IP67 rating.
The Gorilla Glass 5-protected 2K P-OLED screen is HDR10 compliant. It also has another trick in tow: an in-screen fingerprint sensor that appears to be a trend for 2019 flagships. The 9 has Face Unlock, which is notably absent in other Nokia phones.
Powering the handheld is 2018’s flagship chipset from Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 845 that is still very capable by today’s standards.
The Nokia 9 PureView has a 12 MP Penta-camera system at its rear. The cameras are augmented by an f/1.8 Carl Zeiss lens. Three of those sensors are monochrome, while the rest are colour snappers. The dark sensor on the right of the system is actually another ToF camera that is used for additional depth data for those portrait shots.
Notably, the sensors are not of the wide-angle type or any other modern, attention-catching shooting modes. Nokia says it avoided versatility for image quality that should match dedicated shooters. It uses all the cameras to capture frames that are then stitched into a single image that oozes excellent dynamic range. Its ability to process RAW files is also top-of-the-line and has worked with Adobe to support images captured by the 9 for further manipulation.
The Nokia 9 has a 20 MP selfie shooter.
Juicing the package is a 3320 mAh cell that supports fast charging. Wireless charging is also supported. On the software side is Android 9 Pie powering the show under the Android One program
The headphone jack is not in sight.
Finally, the 9 will be available on limited production. Pricing is said to be around $699.