The launch event of Nokia 9 PureView has just ended (here all the details and specifications), the first true top of the range of the “new” Nokia under HMD Global leadership.
A model actually subjected to rumours since 2015, with a long gestation due to a record achieved today: the presence of as many as 5 cameras on the back.
At the end of the event, we had the opportunity to try it, to deepen some aspects with the company spokespersons and to get some first impressions.
Nokia 9 PureView is recognized at first glance, thanks to its hexagon module with 5 cameras, the LED flash and a seventh “hole” for other sensors. Looking at it from the front, however, is a bit ‘more anonymous and less in step with the times: there is not a notch, but the upper and lower frames are not exactly reduced.
The display panel, a 5.99-inch QHD + P-OLED with HDR 10 support, however, is very convincing. It is still early to give a full judgment, but the colours and the maximum brightness seem to be of a good standard. The presence of the fingerprint reader under the display is also interesting.
Under the body then we find a mobile platform that does not push towards the same landing of the other manufacturers, being the Snapdragon 845 – Qualcomm’s flagship product for 2018. The rest of the specifications see 6 GB of RAM, 128 GB of internal memory, USB-C 3.1 and a 3320 mAh battery.
Speaking, however, of the 5 cameras on the back, it is 5 sensors all 12 MegaPixels with Carl Zeiss lenses. Two of the sensors are RGB (color) with aperture f / 1.8, while the other three modules are monochromatic. However, there is no sensor with a wide field of view, but all 5 sensors are taken simultaneously to always get a single shot processed in high quality.
From the first tests carried out, the results are promising: the dynamic range achieved in HDR really seems to be of the highest level, as well as the portraits with bokeh even in the dark they manage to cut everything out perfectly. The photos can then be taken by tracing the level of depth of the elements in the scene with a 12-megapixel mapping, which allows the opportunity for an extremely precise refocus in post-production.
Obviously, with all this attention to photography, with Nokia 9 PureView you can shoot in RAW format and edit photos with Lightroom directly on your smartphone. We tried it at the event and everything seems to work.
Currently, however, the processing times of the photos taken seemed very long, sometimes even greater than 30 seconds. The photos themselves then did not always seem superior to the competitors in the test shots from the event.
What do you think of this Nokia 9 PureView with 5 cameras? A breath of innovation or a style exercise? Please let us know below in the comments box!
Ikechukwu Onu is a writer, front-end dev, and digital junkie with a profound interest in all things tech. When not reviewing gadgets or apps, he enjoys contributing in groups and forums, tinkering with websites, and hanging out with friends.