HMD Global this week started sales of its new flagship smartphone, the Nokia 9 PureView, in the US, and select European countries. The new handset features an innovative camera featuring multiple sensors and promising very high-quality images. It also has a large pOLED screen, a premium SoC, and will costs less than $700 in the USA.

The main feature of the Nokia 9 PureView is of course its exclusive main camera comprising of two 12 MP RGB sensors equipped with Zeiss optics, three 12 MP monochrome sensors using Zeiss lenses, and a time-of-flight (ToF) depth sensor. The multi-module camera array is powered by an ASIC designed by Light that independently controls all sensors (i.e., focuses them, adjusts exposure levels per aperture, calculates white balance, etc.), then fuses images, and then transmits the final ‘RAW’ image to a host for further processing. Meanwhile, processing using algorithms designed by Nokia (which has extensive experience working with multi-module cameras) and HMD is another crucial ingredient of the camera.

Based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 accompanied by 6 GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 128 GB of NAND flash storage, the Nokia 9 PureView is equipped with a 5.99-inch pOLED display featuring a 2880x1440 resolution (537 PPI) along with multiple PureDisplay enhancements. When it comes to connectivity, the Nokia 9 PureView supports 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, 4G/LTE Cat 16 with 4x4 MIMO, GPS/AGPS+GLONASS+BDS, NFC, ANT+, as well as a USB Type-C port. The handset comes with an integrated 3320 mAh battery and supports Qi wireless charging.

The Nokia 9 PureView also has a 20 MP RGB module for selfies.

This week HMD started selling the Nokia 9 PureView in select European countries along with the USA. The phone is now available from as well as BHPhotoVideo for $699.99. In Europe the device is available from local Amazon stores for £549.99 or €649.99, depending on the country.

The Nokia 9 PureView
Display pOLED
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
Four Kryo Gold 385 cores at 2.8 GHz
Four Kryo Silver cores at 1.7 GHz
Adreno 630 GPU
Storage 128 of NAND flash
Local Connectivity Wi-Fi  802.11ac Wi-Fi
Bluetooth Bluetooth 5.0
Data/Charging USB 3.0 Type-C
Audio No 3.5 mm jack
LTE X16 Modem
Rear Camera 2 × 12 MP RGB, f/1.8, 1/2.9", 1.25µm
3 × 12 MP BW, f/1.8, 1/2.9", 1.25µm
1 × TOF depth sensor
1 × dual-LED/dual-tone flash
Zeiss Optics
Front Camera 20 MP, 1.0µm
Battery Capacity 3320 mAh
Expected Life ?
SIM Size Nano SIM
Sensors accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Biometric Security Fingerprint In-screen sensor
Facial Recognition -
Dimensions Height 155 mm | 6.2 inches
Width 75 mm | 2.95 inches
Thickness 8 mm | 0.31 inches
Weight 172 grams | 6.07 ounces
Colors Midnight Blue
Protection Drop Protected
Water, Dust IP67
OS Google Android 9.0
Launch Countries EMEA, APAC, USA
Price $699, €649, £549

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Sources: Amazon, BHPhotoVideo

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  • nicolaim - Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - link

    This actually seems quite appealing; too bad there's no audio jack nor microSD card slot :(
  • Beaver M. - Thursday, March 28, 2019 - link

    Eh, so finally a phone again with plane cameras, even though it has 6 of them, but they dont put the LED in plane???
    I just cant anymore...
  • Irata - Thursday, March 28, 2019 - link

    They really should stop calling them smartphones and instead call them smart cameras.
    Not saying this is a bad thing, just a more accurate name.
  • Dragonstongue - Thursday, March 28, 2019 - link

    amen to that, hell with the size of battery they seem to either want to stay at or w/e they should start equipping the phones with built in battery with their own dedicated dynamo to keep it charged or like them old cameras that have no batteries just using the load film wheel charges capacitor enough to "flash" line up X of these amd sure would work fine, cannot be any worse than a bunch of friggen camera lenses lol
  • Dragonstongue - Thursday, March 28, 2019 - link

    all that wonderful stuff backed by a battery barely above phones in a box for a bargain if you act now ^.^
  • BedfordTim - Thursday, March 28, 2019 - link

    Battery life isn't too bad. Mine lasts the weekend without needing a recharge including some light gaming.
    The biggest issue for me is that no one makes a decent wallet case. Terrapin's doesn't fit well and blocks wireless charging. The rest look like cheap rubbish so far. The jury is out on the camera but the raw images are far better than the jpegs which are over-sharpened.
  • Voldenuit - Thursday, March 28, 2019 - link

    Battery life is decent. Went without charging the other night and battery was at 75% after two days, albeit I'm a very light user.
    RAW files are amazing - the dynamic range and highlight retention are unlike any other smartphone, approaching m43/lesser APS-C cameras. However, you give up focal length diversity and adjustable aperture compared to the S10. Low light is unimpressive, and the OOC JPEGs are rubbish (oversharpened, too much microcontrast).
    I don't recommend this phone to anyone unless they know they want that DR, because there are smartphones with better, more general-purpose cameras (S10, P30 Pro). I happen to love it, but there are too many warts (flaky fingerprint scanner, no shutter button, slow RAW processing) for a general recommendation.

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