Nokia 9 PureView and its penta-camera officially unveiled


Nokia showed up at Mobile World Congress this year with a great spread of new smartphones, but the Nokia 9 PureView is the one that most people will be interested in. Like the numerous leaks showed, the phone’s main attraction is its camera setup which includes a total of five sensors on the back of the phone.

We’ll get to a detailed breakdown of the camera in a bit, but let’s first give you a look at the phone’s other specs. The Nokia 9 PureView is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, a 3260 mAh battery and a 5.99-inch QHD+ OLED display up front. And in case you are wondering, there’s no notch to content with. The single front-facing camera sports a 20MP sensor.

As for that unique camera setup on the back, you get five 12MP sensors which are all paired with f/1.8 lenses from Carl Zeiss. Three of the sensors are monochrome, allowing each one to capture 2.9x more light than the two regular RGB sensors. Each shot taken with the phone captures the scene with all five sensors and delivers a 60MP image.

The camera can deliver 12.4 stops of dynamic range, a full view depth map with 1,200 layers which promises to give you better portrait style shots which can be fully accessed with the RAW DNG files. Nokia is also working with Google to make sure that the refocus feature in Google Photos works perfectly with the photos and a partnership with Adobe will result in a custom camera lens which will be able to take advantage of the Nokia 9 PureView’s full capabilities.

The Nokia 9 PureView will be available in March in Europe with pre-orders starting soon. While the US isn’t getting an official launch (at least not yet), the phone is listed at $699.

Nick Gray
I'm a life-long tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC. After writing about tech for more than a decade, I jumped at the opportunity to take on the role of Editor in Chief at Phandroid. Please contact me at [email protected].

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