Nokia 9 PureView review
Five plus one camera system
In our Nokia 9 PureView review we take a look at the world’s first five camera smartphone (plus a selfie camera). This Nokia phone is one for anyone who is really into photography, although you don’t need to be a pro to capture stunning results.
2K display – edge-to-edge detailed resolution
The Nokia 9 PureView has a well-sized 5.99” pOLED QHD edge-to-edge 2K display. 2K is one step up from Full HD and only a few premium phones produce these kind of visuals.
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The display features improved sunlight readability and reproduces more accurate colours. The screen supports HDR10 content and this has a wide dynamic range showing more detail in the dark and light areas of the images.
Aluminium and glass – premium materials improve robustness
The Nokia 9 PureView has a typical thickness and weight at 8mm and 172g respectively. The aluminium machined chassis is paired up with toughened Corning Gorilla Glass 5, which together make this phone very durable.
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There is only one colour choice at the moment and this is Midnight Blue. This Nokia phone has IP67 certification for dust and water resistance, so once again we find a phone designed to withstand the rigours of daily life.
Processor and speaker – speed and spatial audio
With a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor and 6GB RAM, the Nokia 9 PureView is ready to take on any task, be that high-end gaming or multitasking. Nokia Spatial Audio is also onboard and matched up with a single speaker and smart amp.
Phone Set Up
In-screen biometrics – goodbye unsightly fingerprint sensors
The day of fingerprint readers on the back face, home key, or power key are gone, thanks to new in-screen fingerprint technology. Now you simple place your finger on the display and the phone unlocks.
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Fixed memory – no memory card slot
The Nokia 9 PureView has a fixed 128GB internal memory. This is good compared to basic phones that have 16GB memory but a memory card slot would still have been appreciated. There is plenty of room for your apps and the content stored on your old phone.
Android 9 Pie – with Android One reassurances
The Android 9 Pie operating system gets the Android One moniker and this is reassuring to see. You are guaranteed to get regular security updates for three years and software upgrades for two years.
The Android One interface is streamlined and there are no unnecessary preloaded apps slowing down the performance of the phone. You will enjoy App Actions which are shortcuts based on your typical daily routines, and of course, the Google Assistant is included.
Camera & Video
Five cameras – simultaneous depth mapping
The camera is the reason people will want to buy this mobile phone. There are five 12MP cameras with ZEISS Optics and computational imaging technology, handled by a special imaging co-processor.
The five cameras work together to capture up to 10x more light, giving an improved dynamic range. This means that the shadows, highlights, and true-to-life colours are more accurate and you can capture outstanding depth of field effects.
In Depth Mode the phone can identify 1,200 layers, so you can pick out a leaf or a face in a crowd, and adjust the focus post shot. The advanced AI and bespoke algorithms let the cameras shoot simultaneously and you can then edit RAW DNG photos on the phone itself, with the five cameras having captured an accurate depth map.
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Nokia has partnered with Adobe so you can download the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom app and keep the detail that gets lost in JPEG files, for further editing. For complete control, you can switch to the Pro Camera UI.
The Monochrome Mode captures crisper detail in black and white and there is a big difference compared to smartphones that convert a colour image to black and white.
colour photos that are converted into black and white after the shot.
Further features include Motion Photo, 360-degrees sound recording through three microphones and OZO Audio tech, 4K HDR video recording, and Slow Motion video recording.
Portraits – selfie or bothie
The Nokia 9 PureView has a 20MP selfie camera with display flash. The resolution is high and you can capture a Bothie with either a picture-in-picture or a split screen format. What’s more, you can also record Bothie videos.
The 3,320mAh battery in the Nokia 9 PureView uses Adaptive Battery software to make the most of the battery reserves. Adaptive Battery learns your typical daily routine and adjusts the settings to ensure you get through the day.
The phone offers Qi wireless charging support, so you can go wireless if you choose to buy or already own a wireless charger.
Written by: Michael Brown