Nokia’s Next Android Flagship Features Five Cameras

Nokia could be kicking off 2019 with the launch of a big new product. The company’s upcoming phone, the Nokia 9 PureView, was leaked on Twitter by Evan Blass on the 30th of December. And now, a marketing video for the phone has been leaked by MySmartPrice.

The company’s Nokia 9 PureView handset will feature a penta-lens setup with ZEISS optics on the back. The “revolutionary” five-camera setup will, of course, allow for better quality pictures. According to the video, the camera setup will allow you to take 5 shots at a time, with 10x more light captured in pictures. Once you take a picture, you will even be able to re-focus on certain parts of a picture on Google Photos, and the demo on the marketing video looks pretty dope:

The device features a 5.99-inch “2K PureDisplay” with HDR10. The device will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 processor, pack up to 6GB of RAM and up to 128GB of storage. The device even features an in-display fingerprint scanner, so you will be able to unlock the device and authenticate simply by placing your finger on the screen.

The device is powered by Google’s Android One, and it will come with Android 9 out of the box. Nokia is promising two years of updates, by the way.

It’s not clear exactly how Nokia will price the Nokia 9 PureView, or when the device will be launched. Going by the features, the device will be a high-end flagship for the company. It’s possible we will get to see the launch of the product sometime this month, or Nokia could be revealing it at Mobile World Congress in February.

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  • AliMaggs

    Premium Member
    01 January, 2019 - 10:08 am

    <p>This is tempting for sure. My favourite phone of all time was my bright yellow Lumia 1020. If there's one thing Nokia got right in the Windows Phone days, it was differentiating with the camera technology.</p>

    • docpaul

      01 January, 2019 - 10:58 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#389573">In reply to AliMaggs:</a></em></blockquote><p>Yes, but don't forget, this isn't really Nokia any more.</p>

      • prjman

        01 January, 2019 - 11:10 am

        <blockquote><a href="#389589"><em>In reply to DocPaul:</em></a><em> It is and it isn't. I'm running on a Nokia 7.1 right now, after my Samsung S8 ended it's life. Love the simplicity of the software and the solid build of the phone.</em></blockquote><p><br></p>

        • AnOldAmigaUser

          Premium Member
          01 January, 2019 - 3:05 pm

          <blockquote><em><a href="#389591">In reply to prjman:</a></em></blockquote><p>How do you find the camera on the 7.1. I am interested in testing the Android waters and that phone is on the list. I will have to give up my 950XL at some point, but I am really happy with the camera on that.</p>

          • ben55124

            Premium Member
            02 January, 2019 - 11:45 am

            <blockquote><em><a href="#389639">In reply to AnOldAmigaUser:</a></em></blockquote><p>The N7.1 camera (and generally) has been good enough for me. You may want to wait for Pixel Lite if low light photos are important to you in midrange. Otherwise I'm glad I went with 7.1. Deserves a review, but Paul seems to be focusing on flagships now — which this N9 should be.</p>

      • jimchamplin

        Premium Member
        01 January, 2019 - 11:36 am

        <blockquote><em><a href="#389589">In reply to DocPaul:</a></em></blockquote><p>It really is. HMD’s engineers and designers are ex-Nokia, many of them the same people who made the Lumias a reality.</p>

      • ponsaelius

        01 January, 2019 - 1:51 pm

        <blockquote><em><a href="#389589">In reply to DocPaul:</a></em></blockquote><p>Sort of. HMD are staff that Microsoft made redundant when they took over and closed down their mobile phones. </p><p><br></p><p>So it's a different Nokia but not that much. </p>

    • StevenLayton

      01 January, 2019 - 11:01 am

      <blockquote><a href="#389573"><em>In reply to AliMaggs:</em></a><em> My yellow 1020 was also one of my fav phones, before I ruined it. It was one of my biggest tech failures, when I ran pre release versions of WP on it, on a weekend trip to London. None of my photos I took during the weekend were any good, with the phone and camera app hanging and crashing. That was my reminded to never run pre-release on daily Drivers! </em></blockquote>

  • karlinhigh

    Premium Member
    01 January, 2019 - 10:13 am

    <p>What razors had with blade count, phones now have with camera count.</p>

    • bharris

      01 January, 2019 - 12:38 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#389576">In reply to karlinhigh:</a></em></blockquote><p>It is a good sign that a technology is plateauing when they start putting more on for the sake of doing it. Who knows…maybe it will be fantastic but my guess is it just something to advertise for people that assume more has to mean better.</p>

  • cawoodstock

    01 January, 2019 - 11:27 am

    <p>I wonder how phone cases will work with all those cameras. Do standard cases even work?</p>

    • SvenJ

      Premium Member
      01 January, 2019 - 7:13 pm

      <blockquote><a href="#389593"><em>In reply to cawoodstock:</em></a><em> </em>They make cases with holes in the right places, just like every other phone with multiple cameras/fingerprint readers on the back. The catch will be if there are enough of these sold to justify some quality options.</blockquote><p><br></p>

  • jbinaz

    01 January, 2019 - 11:32 am

    <p>Why is it that the Nokia phones always seem to have a processor a generation ot two old? I'm assuming to keep costs down, although they could just be slow developing their hardware. </p>

  • Tony Barrett

    01 January, 2019 - 1:00 pm

    <p>Pricing will be key. Nokia aren't ready to compete with other premium brands on pricing yet, so if they concentrate on the middle ground, they should be able to compete with OnePlus and Huawei.</p>

  • mattemt294

    01 January, 2019 - 1:37 pm

    <p>All Android one phones have to guarantee 2 years of updates. </p>

    • SvenJ

      Premium Member
      01 January, 2019 - 7:10 pm

      <blockquote><a href="#389602"><em>In reply to mattemt294:</em></a><em> </em>But they apperently don't have to follow through or do it with alacrity. Note my Moto X4 from Fi (Android One emblazoned on the back) took 6 mo to get 9 (after my Pixel got it).</blockquote><p><br></p>

  • johnh3

    01 January, 2019 - 1:51 pm

    <p>The old Nokia 808 Pureview with Symbian had a extra image processor who handled the camera beside the main processor.</p><p>They might have a similar solution for Nokia 9? As I understand not even Snapdragon 855 can deal with 5 sensors at one time, its limited to 3 or something.</p><p><br></p><p>Anyway we will see during the launch event probably in january.</p><p><br></p><p><br></p>

  • CompUser

    01 January, 2019 - 3:52 pm

    <p>It would be nice if some smart phone manufacturer would stop making over-the-top cameras that have cell phones, and start making a high quality cell phone that has a really nice camera. The cameras are so over-the-top with technology that I doubt even professional photographers (who are probably not using cell phone cameras anyway) would find much of it either necessary or particularly useful. (The human eye is only capable of distinguishing so many pixels or colors, and I think camera and TV technology are both way beyond that capabily.) But the phone quality, and even the strength of the signal received from the carrier (I've used AT&amp;T, Sprint, and now Verizon via xFinity Mobile), are horrible on every smart phone I've either owned or borrowed. (With our current carrier, I rarely get better than two bars on my LG, but my son typically gets at least four on his Samsung, no matter where we are. Same carrier, same location, but different phones receiving vastly different signal strenths, so the problem is the phones, not the carrier.) Anyway, if they just made a quality phone with technology that actually has a practical use instead of just adding technology for the sake of technoloty and higher selling prices, that would really be nice.</p>

    • feedtheshark

      02 January, 2019 - 8:03 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#389650">In reply to CompUser:</a></em></blockquote><p>So your LG isn't very good.</p><p><br></p><p>As for the camera, that's one of the most important elements for most people with their phones. Phone cameras are still way behind SLRs in terms of quality and features. There's a long way to go on what we've seen in phone cameras. They're definitely not as you state "over-the-top", "either necessary or particularly useful".</p>

      • Fuller1754

        02 January, 2019 - 7:09 pm

        <blockquote><a href="#389767"><em>In reply to feedtheshark:</em></a><em> The camera a phone has is not very important. It should be decent enough to take a clear picture, but it doesn't need to be phenomenal. That drives up the cost for no good reason. Phones are mainly for communication and running other apps, not taking pictures.</em></blockquote><p><br></p>

    • Rob_Wade

      02 January, 2019 - 10:11 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#389650">In reply to CompUser:</a></em></blockquote><blockquote><br></blockquote><blockquote><em>I completely disagree. The Lumia 1020 remains my primary device and I'm sick and tired of every OEM coming out with a device they swear has a "revolutionary camera" only to find that in blind tests their results are no more conclusive than any other device. I want a device that has a camera SO much more impressive than others that it would be virtually impossible for someone to say it wasn't the best. As for phone quality, with some exceptions I lay that squarely on the carrier. We experience the same spotty results from AT&amp;T here regardless of what kind of device we are using.</em></blockquote><p><br></p>

      • MikeGalos

        03 January, 2019 - 9:17 am

        <blockquote><em><a href="#389809">In reply to Rob_Wade:</a></em></blockquote><p>There's still nothing on the market that really competes with the Lumia 1020 even this many years later. Mine is now in the photographic equipment collection of the George Eastman Museum complete with its optional camera grip that added better shooting ergonomics including a real shutter release, a tripod socket and extra battery capacity. </p><p><br></p><p>You'd think with everybody competing on camera features that somebody would bother actually putting in features actually useful for a photographer rather than just things like pretend "zoom" and software emulated depth of field control.</p>

    • eilfurz

      04 January, 2019 - 1:49 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#389650">In reply to CompUser:</a></em></blockquote><p>nah, phone cameras are still pretty crappy. are tiny so they they can‘t hold a candle to big lenses, big chips and uncompressed raw found in every halfway decent camera. so those five lenses are ther to partly compensate for that physical disadvantage with computational photography.</p>

  • jchampeau

    Premium Member
    01 January, 2019 - 5:04 pm

    <p>And it's notchless.</p>

    • SvenJ

      Premium Member
      01 January, 2019 - 7:08 pm

      <blockquote><a href="#389657"><em>In reply to jchampeau:</em></a><em> </em>And headphone jackless. You win some, you lose some.</blockquote><p><br></p>

      • IanYates82

        Premium Member
        01 January, 2019 - 9:39 pm

        <blockquote><em><a href="#389672">In reply to SvenJ:</a></em></blockquote><p>:( Wish they kept the jack</p>

      • jchampeau

        Premium Member
        03 January, 2019 - 6:50 am

        <blockquote><em><a href="#389672">In reply to SvenJ:</a></em></blockquote><p>Yep, excellent point.</p>

  • ChrisKal

    01 January, 2019 - 7:06 pm

    <p>If this can deliver on the camera front I might finally be returning to Nokia</p>

  • SvenJ

    Premium Member
    01 January, 2019 - 7:16 pm

    <p>If this was Fi, I'd be real interested. Not 'Fi works on everything…sorta', but real three carrier Fi.</p>


    01 January, 2019 - 7:52 pm

    <p>I'm sticking with my NOKIA Lumia 520.</p>

  • brettscoast

    Premium Member
    01 January, 2019 - 8:20 pm

    <p>Thanks this looks interesting primarily because I thought Nokia are so far behind the eight ball when it comes to smartphones but maybe that's just me. There is nothing wrong with competition but they will have to position this at the right price point and that's not up where Samsung and Apples premium phones are currently.</p>

  • chiwax

    02 January, 2019 - 12:28 am

    <p>I just ordered a LG Stylo 4, 3 screen protectors, a slim case, and a 400GB micro SD card for $297 with tax. This will sooner than later replace my Lumia 950. Reviews say that the camera is formidable. I'll take it. These companies are not getting my money for specs. I've done just fine with the 950 so this new phone will be more than enough. It will also replace my Surface non-pro 3 for digital handwriting(still might get SurfGo someday). I don't think I could ask for more for the price. This Nokia thing could have 20 cameras on it and not take more-than-formidable pics. This is a business model in trouble. Nokia can't afford to sell this thing for less than $500 either because they are not Samsung or Apple. We will return to a market where $300 is what a phone costs. Unless of course the phone can float…..</p>

  • saurabh2254

    02 January, 2019 - 1:12 am

    <p>hey what the nice article. I have a phone that look like this <a href="; target="_blank">nokia 9</a></p>

  • Salvador Jesús Romero Castellano

    02 January, 2019 - 8:16 am

    <p>No dedicated camera button in a pure view phone. I'm disappointed that this feature is no longer a thing. Waiting for the reviews, though.</p>

  • Rob_Wade

    02 January, 2019 - 10:02 am

    <p>I have Refocus on my Lumia 1020. Sadly, when the idiots at Microsoft switched to Windows 10 Mobile and divested themselves of all the GREAT software Nokia had, that was among the functionality lost.</p>

  • End_User

    02 January, 2019 - 5:49 pm

    <p>I know you know but, for the sake of clarity, Nokia does not make this phone. This is an HMD Global design that will be manufactured by Foxconn. HMD has a license for the Nokia brand in name only.</p>

  • Fuller1754

    02 January, 2019 - 7:13 pm

    <p>Cameras are no big deal, but this phone does have a beautiful notchless display. The display is what matters.</p>


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