Nokia 9 PureView's successor has been delayed time and again. In fact, the wait has been so long that the follow-up device will apparently be called Nokia 9.3 PureView. Reportedly, the wait will be worth it, as the phone might pack in a 108-megapixels sensor.
That's what a new report says, adding that while the Penta camera setup will be carried over to the new flagship, the Light technology will be dropped.
The rear camera setup of the Nokia 9 PureView was made by the startup Light. It had two RGB modules and three monochrome units all mated with optics from ZEISS. All the units offered a resolution of 12-megapixels. The idea was to capture more light, which should have theoretically allowed for better pictures.
However, the phone didn't really live up to expectations. This can be chalked down in part to the Snapdragon 845, which was designed to handle a maximum of three cameras.
This year though, Nokia will likely be avoiding the road less traveled. Instead, it will supposedly be upping the resolution. The report claims that the Nokia 9.3 PureView will feature a primary 64-megapixels sensor with OIS. It will be joined by the aforementioned 108-megapixels wide-angle unit. The remaining sensors will likely be for depth, telephoto, and macro.
Does the Nokia 9.3 PureView really need a 108MP module?
The 108-megapixels will enable better photos in dimly lit environments. However, even though the likes of Samsung and Xiaomi have released phones with high-resolution cameras, other vendors are sticking with comparatively lower resolution sensors. And in spite of that, they churn out brilliant photos.
Thus, such a sensor can very well be an overkill unless you are supporting it with the right software. Otherwise, while the specs will look good on paper, they won't necessarily translate into better results. In other related news, Nokia is also said to be creating an imaging chip for the phone.
The latest report about the Nokia 9.3 PureView camera specs hasn't come from a trusty source. Thus, you should take it with a dose of skepticism.
As for other specifications, the phone is expected to have the Snapdragon 865 SoC under the hood. This makes sense, as it's hard to take a flagship seriously when it's rocking an older chip, as was the case with the Nokia 9 PureView.
The phone is tipped to feature up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. It will likely run Android 10 and pack in a 4,500 mAh cell.
The handset has seemingly been delayed until late 2020 and the base variant is tipped to cost $799.
Now, that would be an attractive price for a decked out phone, assuming that the rumors about the camera and SoC are true. This can make the phone a better option for consumers who don't want to splurge on handsets that cost around $1,000 on more.
Even though Nokia is doing okay when it comes to affordable handsets, it hasn't really made a mark as far as premium phones are concerned. We will have to wait and see if the Nokia 9.3 PureView will change that.