Nokia has unveiled the new Nokia 9 PureView smartphone during an event today at MWC 2019. The new phone doesn’t exactly offer the best specifications under the hood, but the moment you look at the back of this thing, you’ll realize what makes it stand out.
What do I mean by this? The Nokia 9 PureView comes with as many as five rear cameras, all thanks to a partnership with Light who supplies the sensors. Up until this point, the most cameras we’ve seen on the back of a phone has been four. Now, though, Nokia has taken things to a new level, and the result seems really interesting.
According to Nokia, the device has five 12MP cameras, all of which come with f/1.8 lenses. Two of these cameras offer color sensors, while the rest are monochrome. Sure, you’ll get better black-and-white photography as a result, but that isn’t the only advantage. As a matter of fact, whenever you take a picture, all five cameras capture an image, with some recording different exposures and amounts of detail. The data from the photos gets compiled, sifted through, and compressed into a single output image.
The result? Images should offer colors, details, and exposures unlike any camera phone system before. Portrait shots will look especially better since the cameras can capture more depth information. You’ll even be able to reposition focus after taking a portrait photo with improved accuracy.
Of course, this all comes with the disclaimer that we’re taking Nokia’s word on this. In other words, we don’t actually know if this many cameras on a phone will actually bring this many improvements to your overall camera experience. Of course, if we manage to get our hands on a review unit, we’ll be sure to report back.
As for the rest of the phone, it seems like a pretty good package. You get a 6-inch Quad HD OLED display with an embedded fingerprint scanner, last year’s Snapdragon 845 processor, 6GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage. You also get a 3,340mAh battery that can be wirelessly charged, IP67 certification, and a USB-C port. There’s no headphone jack, but what did you expect?
The Nokia 9 runs Android Pie as a member of the Android One program. This means you’ll be in for a stock Android experience with speedy updates. Nokia has a history for being excellent when it comes to timely software upgrades, and it’s nice to see the company carry the tradition over to its newer devices.
According to Nokia, the Nokia 9 PureView will run for $699 and land in the United States later this year. The phone will also launch in other parts of the world before making its way Stateside. We’ll let you know when we have a better idea for when you’ll actually be able to buy it.