Penta-Camera Equipped Nokia 9 PureView Finally Launched (see sample camera shots here)

HMD Global, the home of Nokia Android smartphones, took the stage at this year's  Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain to officially announce a few of their new Android smartphone offerings. Among these devices is the much anticipated, rumored for the longest time and equipped with five Zeiss camera lenses on the back - the Nokia 9 PureView smartphone.

Seems like it has been forever since the very first time we heard rumors about this Nokia 9 PureView device. And finally it is here and it is consumer-ready for the world to experience. It has a 6-inch 2K pOLED display and does not have any notch nor hole-punch on the screen. 

On the back we can see a total of seven holes. Five of them are the Zeiss cameras while the other two are the LED flash and another is a time-of-flight sensor used for depth mapping. All of the five cameras sport 12MP each with the three of them being monochrome sensors and the remaining two in RGB. On the front is a single 20MP shooter.

Apart from being the world's first smartphone with five cameras on the back, the Nokia 9 PureView's implementation of these shooters is very unique compared to what we have seen from other manufacturers where they have one lens for RGB, another for Ultrawide, a third one for optical zoom, monochrome, and so on. With the Nokia 9 PureView, there are only monochrome (three of them) and RGB sensors (the other two) each has 12MP. There main goal in going this way is to capture massive amount of data and stitch them together in a single photo, and to do that RGB and monochrome sensors are the best mix.

HMD Global said, "every picture taken with a Nokia 9 PureView is in HDR, five cameras simultaneously capture the image and fuse it together into one 12MP photo with outstanding dynamic range and depth of field." The company created this phone with photography enthusiasts in mind and  in partnership with photograhy-expert companies to deliver this kind of smartphone innovation such as Zeiss, Adobe Lightroom, and Light (the company behind the L16 camera with 16 lenses released last year). That said, one of its best features is the ability to capture photos in RAW "DNG" format and edit them directly on the phone, thanks to HMD Global's partnership with Adobe Lightroom.

See below a couple of sample shots using the Nokia 9 PureView shared to us by HMD Global Philippines.

I don't know about you, but to me those are really great photos. HMD Global has just made the cameras on a Nokia smartphone great again since the Nokia Lumia 1020. It appears that Samsung, Huawei, and Apple now have a new and tougher competition to beat. The Nokia 9 PureView is priced even more competitive at $699 or about Php36,500 when directly converted to Philippine peso.

Besides having great cameras and capabilities, the Nokia 9 PureView is still a smartphone though just like any others. Upfront we have a 5.99-inch Quad HD+ pOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 and an in-display fingerprint reader. Inside a Snapdragon 845 (sorry no Snapdragon 855 for now), 6GB RAM and a non-expandable 128GB internal storage. For software, it will be running on the most recent Android 9 Pie. And like other Nokia Android smartphones it's going to be a stock version, meaning no bloatware and unnecessary apps pre-installed right out of the box. Plus, the phone is still under the Android One program in partnership with Google, which means, users are guaranteed up to 2 years of major software updates and monthly security patches.

Nokia 9 PureView specs:
  • 5.99-inch Quad-HD+ pOLED display
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 5
  • Snapdragon 845 processor
  • 6GB RAM
  • 128GB internal storage
  • No microSD card support
  • 12MP Penta rear cameras (3x monochrome + 2x RGB) with f1.8 apertures
  • Time-Of-Flight (TOF) rear sensor for depth mapping
  • 20MP front camera
  • Android 9 Pie (stock version)
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS 
  • Dual SIM
  • LTE
  • 8mm thick
  • 172 grams
  • In-display fingerprint reader
  • No headphone jack 
  • USB Type-C
  • Wireless charging
  • IP67 Water resistant
  • 18W fast charging
  • Midnight Blue
  • 3320mAh battery
  • $699

As for its pricing and availability, the Nokia 9 PureView will retail for $699 (Php36,500) and will be released in key markets in April. It appears to be coming to the Philippines as well, however, there is no word as to when and for how much yet. Also, it is important to note that this will be a "limited edition", meaning HMD Global will release a certain number of units per market and once sold, that's it no more to be made in the future. That could charge though, I guess depending on the demand, but for now that is the current plan.
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