Nokia unveiled its new smartphone as part of the Mobile World Congress (MWC), the technology trade show taking place February 25-28, 2019 in Barcelona. The Nokia 9 PureView is equipped with five rear cameras, and is the first on the market with these features to offer what brand representatives defined as: “the most complete image capture possible”.
The device is equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor,6 GB of RAM, dual SIM capabilities and 3,320 mAh battery. As for its main features, the cameras, the Nokia 9 brings a front or “selfie camera” of 20 megapixels and LED flash. Its rear features a set of hexagonally positioned 12-megapixel lenses, each with variable aperture sensors.
Nokia 9 PureView, for photography enthusiasts
The Nokia 9 PureView, unlike what other tech giants unveiled during the show, does not fold or have 5G connectivity. But for Florian Seiche, CEO of HMD Global, who is the producer of the brand’s devices, the idea is:
“We are betting on the large market that exists for this type of phone, with lower costs and for photography enthusiasts.”
It is for this reason that, according to the company, the Nokia 9 PureView can store details of lights and shadows that are lost in other devices. It also offers more depth-of-field editing options than its rivals.
Its three monochrome sensor lenses pick up details in the images and maintain sharpness, while the other two RGB sensors take care of the color of each shot. When taking a picture, the Nokia 9 captures all five images and combines their results into one, resulting in a better level of detail, sharpness and contrast.
Nokia 9 PureView, expert in merged photos
Depending on the lighting conditions, the cameras can be activated up to four times in quick succession. Each of them captures one view of the scene simultaneously, but with a different exposure.
The phone then selects one of the four color shots to put as the main image, and then takes care of adding details from the other snapshots.
Therefore, Seiche commented that:
“The cell phone can preserve data with up to 12.4 stops of dynamic range, this is a measure that affects the brightness level and falls far short of what many digital cameras currently offer, but it is a significantly wider range than any other smartphone on the market provides.”
The advantage that the Nokia 9 PureView brings to its owners, is that they will be able to have more control when they want to edit the files, because a lot of information is stored.
The device will be released with a price tag of $699, possibly an ambitious bet in a market overrun with devices that exceed $800. Finally, Seiche announced that the brand expects to expand its presence in the United States, China and Europe.