A leaked promotional video of the Nokia 9 PureView details the features of the upcoming flagship smartphone offering of the device maker HMD Global. The marketing material highlights the five rear cameras of the handset as one of its key selling points. The tech firm equipped the smartphone’s rear cameras with lenses from ZEISS Optics, and according to the promotional video, the multiple cameras allow the user to capture five images at the same time. This setup also enables the camera to capture more than 10 times the amount of light received by a smartphone equipped with a regular color camera sensor. The promotional video also shows that users may refocus the images shot using the smartphone within the Google Photos application, This feature may be useful for consumers who want the readjust the depth-of-field effect of the photographs they captured.
Aside from the camera functionalities of the Nokia 9 PureView, the marketing material also emphasized the other hardware and software features of the device. The promotional video confirms that the device will sport a 5.99-inch 2K panel that can display HDR10 content, and it also mentions that the device will feature an under-display fingerprint sensor. The handset also includes support for Qi wireless charging standard. At the bezel above the display, users will find Nokia's logo, the dual selfie cameras, the front-facing LED flash, and the earpiece. The handset will ship with Android 9 Pie pre-installed, and since the device will launch as part of the Android One program, users should expect near stock Android implementation and two years of software and security updates. The marketing material also shows that the Nokia 9 PureView also includes support for Google Lens and the Google Assistant.
The promotional video also mentions some of the internal specifications of the Nokia 9 PureView. According to the marketing material, the handset will feature the Snapdragon 845 chipset. However, this SoC is no longer the flagship chipset offering of Qualcomm, and the Snapdragon 855, which succeeds the Snapdragon 845, offers significant improvements in power-efficiency and computational performance compared to its predecessor. The Nokia 9 PureView ships with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal flash storage, according to the recent leak, although it is not yet clear if the device supports the expansion of internal storage.
Background: HMD Global originally planned to launch the Nokia 9 PureView last September according to earlier reports, although it was delayed by several months due to issues with the handset's camera. However, the release of the promotional video seems to show that the device maker will announce the product soon. The contents of the marketing material corroborate with the earlier reports that already supplied information about the design of the Nokia 9 PureView. Furthermore, recent rumors also mention that the device may include a 4,000mAh battery, and it is also likely that the device will feature water and dust resistance.
Impact: The inclusion of five rear cameras should help the device stand out from the competition, and if implemented properly, the smartphone may become a flexible photography tool for general consumers. Nonetheless, the last-generation chipset that powers the Nokia 9 PureView may deter some consumers from buying the product, especially if there are cheaper handset options that offer significantly better performance and battery life.