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Windows Phone: Nokia 9 PureView review

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Introduction

The Once and Future King of mobile photography – the PureView camera – is back! Nokia’s champion has lived through the twilights of Symbian and Windows Phone, to be once again reborn in the peak of Android era. HMD’s Nokia 9 is the bearer of the next-gen PureView snapper, and it’s not one, but whole six of them!

The next PureView phone was in the rumors for years and yet it didn’t come to pass. But it wasn’t dead, it was lying dormant somewhere in Nokia, and later – HDM’s labs all this time – and now it’s available for purchase.

Windows Phone: Nokia 9 PureView review

The Nokia 9 launched in the heat of the smartphone photography war and it seems already ahead of the competition – while others are adopting the triple-cam setup and Huawei pushing the quadruple, Nokia is already ahead of the game with the first hexa-camera on the back.

Don’t get that excited just yet. Even though there are six snappers, not one of those is wide or telephoto. That’s because the Nokia 9 PureView isn’t targeting the casual user – but the photography enthusiasts who are already used to shooting RAW on their digital cameras and would welcome the same experience on a phone. But more about that new camera in a minute.

The rest of the Nokia 9 specs aren’t as cutting-edge. The phone boasts a 5.99″ OLED screen of QHD+ resolution, a last year’s Snapdragon 845 chipset with 6GB of RAM, and a 3,320 mAh battery that won’t last it a whole lot.

Windows Phone: Nokia 9 PureView review

Other aspects of the phone are more up-to-date. It features an in-screen fingerprint scanner and a 20MP selfie snapper capable of pixel-binning for improved low-light performance. It also boots the latest version of Android One – Pie and it has an IP67 rating for water and dust resistance.

Nokia 9 PureView specs

  • Body: Gorilla Glass 5 back, 6000 Series aluminum frame, 8mm thickness
  • Screen: 5.99″ p-OLED display QHD+ (2880 x 1440px), HDR10; Gorilla Glass 5
  • Chipset: Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845
  • Memory: 6GB RAM, 128GB built-in storage
  • OS: Android 9.0; Android One
  • Rear camera: 3x 12MP f/1.8 Monochrome + 2x 12MP f/1.8 RGB + 3D ToF camera; 4K@30fps and 4K HDR video recording
  • Front camera: 20MP F/1.8 with Tetracell pixel binning, which combines four pixels into one pixel in low light
  • Battery: 3,320 mAh; Quick Charge 3.0, Wireless charging (up to 10W)
  • Connectivity: Cat. 16 Gigabit LTE (1024/150 Mbps), Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, NFC, USB-C port
  • Misc: IP67 rating, In-display fingerpr

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