Nokia 9 PureView It’s not bad, just a bit late for it.

Nokia wanted to demonstrate this phone last year, so 9 Pureview has last year hardware, but a promisable camera system.

Design/Display

Well, premium materials, Gorilla Glass 5 and IP67 rating. Only comes in blue, and from the back it looks like a spider’s eyes. The fingerprint reader is integrated into the screen (optical). USB C-type on the bottom and no JACK.

On the front there is a 1440 x 2880 pixels, 18:9 ratio (538 ppi) OLED panel. Supports HDR10 and Always-on display.

Hardware/Software

In terms of hardware, it has the last years 845 Snapdragon with Adreno 630 Graphics paired with 6GB of RAM and 128GB storage. Nokia 9 Pureview has Android One, with Unlimited Google Photos and Android Assistant.

Camera

Selfie camera is important nowadays, so Nokia decided to put a 20MP sensor on the front. On the back, the hexagon shaped camera system contains 3 monochrome and 2 RGB camera. Each of them are 12 MP, f/1,8 aperture with 1/2.9″ sensor size (1.25µm). There is also a LED flash and a depth sensor (well, that’s seven components but one of them is in the middle). Light and Qualcomm’s chipset makes those huge amount of data into one file.

So what’s the point? It can shoot HDR photos with an insane dynamic range. Also it can detect up to 1200 different “depth layer”, so with the help of Google Photos, you can easily edit the photos, for example blurring the backrounds or change the focus points, etc.

With the participation of Zeiss and HMD Global, Nokia promises RAW files will be qualitative as well. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is pre-installed on the phone, with some specific schemas for this camera system. Nokia is closer to DSLR like photos than ever before.

Conclusion

Nokia did a good phone, but it could be much better if it were 2018s summer. Next to the Samsung S10 series, foldable phones (Huawei Mate X / Samsung Fold) and 21:9 aspect ratio 4K Sony Xperia 1, the new Nokia PureView 9 feels a little bit old-school. However the 5 lenses system is great, and there is huge dynamic range, but in 2019 it is still an upper mid-range phone.

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