Here’s a clear look at the Nokia 9 PureView and it has a penta-camera setup

If you thought Samsung Galaxy A9‘s quad-camera is excessive, Nokia will be fitting a total of five cameras at the back of its upcoming Nokia 9 PureView. Since it carries the “PureView” branding, the device is expected to be a serious photography device that would continue the legacy of the Lumia 1020.

Serial leakster, @evleaks, has dropped a press image which provides a clearer look of the device. The rear gets a total of 5 cameras that form a hexagon formation and it uses ZEISS optics. It isn’t clear what the additional cameras are for but we are guessing that both telephoto and ultra-wide-angle lenses are available.

Another interesting reveal is that it will feature an in-display fingerprint sensor. The display itself looks tall without a notch but the forehead and chin appear to be rather thick for today’s standards. While the back features a 3D dual-curve design, the front appears to be flat.

Like any Nokia device released recently, this an Android One device. This offers a pure stock experience and it guarantees at least 2 years of security updates. You can also be sure that it will run on Android 9 Pie out of the box and Nokia has a good track record in releasing the latest Android versions.

The official-looking image matches the earlier render that was provided by @Onleaks two months ago via @91Mobiles. A live photo of an alleged prototype was also spotted in the wild with the same camera configuration as pictured below:

In terms of specs, it is speculated to run on 2018’s Snapdragon 845 processor with 8GB of RAM. The display is said to be a 5.99″ AMOLED panel that pushes a Quad HD+ resolution in an 18:9 aspect ratio. It is also rumoured that it will have a 4,150mAh battery, which is more than the Galaxy Note9 but slightly smaller than the Huawei Mate 20 Pro.

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The device is expected to be launched on the last week of January 2019. Since we are entering the new year, the Nokia 9 PureView’s hardware is already looking dated with its Snapdragon 845 unit.

If we look at their current crop of devices, Nokia still has a long road ahead in terms of photography. The Nokia 8’s camera was a disappointment due to its buggy software and it was ranked worse than the iPhone 6 on DxOMark Mobile.

Putting more cameras might not necessarily make photography better. Unless, of course, they do something radical like Huawei where they have opted for larger sensors and AI-assisted enhancements. At the moment, the P20 Pro is still the highest rated smartphone on DxOMark Mobile with a score of 109.

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Alexander Wong