The world’s solely telephone with 5 cameras on the again is the Nokia 9 PureView flagship that was unveiled a number of days in the past. The handset units a excessive theoretical bar for rivals which are centered on twin, triple, and quadruple lens cameras, promising an unparalleled digicam expertise.
I left my quick hands-on assembly with HMD International and Gentle impressed with what I had simply heard and seen with regards to digicam options. The Nokia 9 positive sounds just like the telephone to beat with regards to cellular cameras. Nevertheless, it’s not probably the most spectacular all-around flagship of early 2019.
Let’s begin with the Nokia 9’s design. The Nokia 9 PureView encompasses a glass sandwich design like most smartphones — a chassis fabricated from machined aluminum sits between two Gorilla Glass 5 glass panels. Meaning it helps wi-fi charging proper out of the field. A profile of simply 8mm is sufficient to guarantee that not one of the rear cameras stand out from the seamless glass panel, and there’s no fingerprint sensor on the again both. The sensor is embedded within the huge 5.99-inch pOLED display screen, which additionally appears to be the norm for 2019 flagship gadgets.
However not like different rivals, the telephone has no notch on the high. The highest and backside bezels are noticeable as effectively, particularly if you happen to examine the telephone to different handsets unveiled up to now few days, together with the Galaxy S10 sequence, the brand new LG telephones, and the Sony Xperia 1. HMD advised me that it’s utilizing a wide range of show designs throughout its product line, and already makes use of notch screens on the model new mid-rangers that can be a part of Nokia’s lineup this yr. However the Nokia 9 PureView has what they name a “traditional Nokia” design.
Transferring on to specs, the Nokia 9 will get you virtually every thing different telephones have: a big 2K show, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, nice sound, 802.11 ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.zero and help for Cat. 16 LTE. The processor, nevertheless, is similar Snapdragon 845 that powered all of the flagships of 2018. HMD stated there’s no Snapdragon 855 model of the telephone within the works, however insisted the Snapdragon 845 has by no means been used to this extent, as HMD, Qualcomm and Gentle pushed the bounds of what it may possibly do when it comes to digicam efficiency.
This brings us to the very best factor in regards to the Nokia 9 telephone: The digicam efficiency. The front-facing shooter encompasses a 20-megapixel sensor in addition to help for 2D face unlock. It’s not akin to Apple’s Face ID or LG’s new Z Digital camera face unlock, however HMD says the selfie cam has built-in options to forestall spoofing.
The principle digicam, in the meantime, packs 5 12-megapixel Zeiss lenses, which work collectively to seize 60 megapixels of information for each picture. Time and time once more, Gentle insisted on the great quantity of knowledge the 2 RGB and three monochrome sensors usher in. The overlapping fields of view enable the telephone to seize extra knowledge than competing gadgets, I used to be advised, making certain higher bokeh results, improved zoom, higher coloration copy, and extra element.
Every photograph comes with 1,200 layers of depth, Gentle defined, permitting for a extra superior depth map than some other telephone. The direct result’s that you simply’re capable of refocus and regulate the bokeh impact after taking a photograph. The bokeh itself seems to be extra according to what photographers anticipate from cameras, providing progressive blur results for the weather within the background, somewhat than a uniform bokeh across the topic.
Due to its monochrome lenses, the Nokia 9 ought to ship higher black and white pictures than different smartphones. Once more, every last 12-megapixel photograph is the mixture of 5 distinct pictures, which implies every monochrome sensor snaps an image every time the shutter is pressed. This occurs time and again for each picture, whether or not you’re taking pictures with default settings or whether or not you go for manually configuring the settings for every shot.
However all of the complexity concerned in processing a 60-megapixel photograph right into a single 12-megapixel, data-rich picture is not going to take a toll on the digicam and telephone expertise. Although the telephone captures an incredible quantity of information — as much as 240-megapixels of knowledge from 4 consecutive pictures in very demanding photograph periods — it’s capable of supply a preview immediately, and the entire thing is handed over shortly to the Snapdragon 845 platform. In brief, you’ll be able to take the subsequent shot as quickly as you’re achieved with the primary one.
Processing isn’t dealt with simply by the CPU; the GPU and picture co-processor are additionally concerned. And all of it occurs very quick. HMD and Gentle execs confused that they labored carefully with Qualcomm to optimize and streamline the whole processor. As I stated earlier than, HMD says that the Snapdragon 845 has by no means been utilized to its full energy, one thing that digicam followers ought to take into consideration when shopping for their subsequent machine.
That stated, time will inform if the Nokia 9 PureView can stay as much as expectations, however thorough digicam critiques will likely be wanted for that. If you’d like Nokia 9 digicam samples proper now, you’ll be able to head over to the digicam part at this hyperlink. Professional-photographer Konsta Punkka additionally shot loads of photographs with the telephone as effectively, and a few of them can be found on Instagram (see above).
Gentle, in the meantime, will companion with different smartphone makers for multi-lens cameras, together with Xiaomi and Sony.
The Nokia 9 PureView will value $699 within the US when it launches later this yr. That’s on the high-end of the spectrum, however nonetheless cheaper than competing 2019 flagships. Earlier than you ask, a 5G model of the telephone isn’t within the works, so far as we all know — HMD is not going to focus on any 5G plans at the moment.
Apart from the Nokia 9 PureView flagships, HMD launched 4 different telephones at MWC 2019, which is able to hit varied markets within the coming months. The checklist contains the Nokia 210 featurephone, the Nokia 1 Plus entry-level Android handset (that includes a replaceable battery), and the Nokia 3.2 and Nokia 4.2 mid-rangers, which is able to embody notch designs, Google Assistant help, buttons that light-up with incoming notifications, and reasonably priced costs.
Lastly, one factor to recollect when shopping for a Nokia telephone is that they arrive with the most recent working system on board — Android 9 Pie on this case — and so they’re most likely going to be among the many first non-Pixel gadgets to get Android Q when it’s out there.