How excited would you be for a new Nokia smartphone with the PureView name attached to it? Potentially, the rumored Nokia 9 may indeed bring back the PureView name, and with it an amazing five-lens camera. While many of the earlier rumors about it actually applied to the Nokia 8 Sirocco, and nothing about the Nokia 9 PureView is certain — including the release date — there’s still plenty of information about the phone. Here’s what you need to know.
Release and name
It seems the Nokia 9 PureView will be at MWC 2019 if a pair of leaked posters is to be believed. The posters are clearly advertisements of upcoming Nokia phones and though both are fairly dark, the rumored and distinctive multi-lens setup from the Nokia 9 PureView is obvious in the first image and implies a reveal will come on February 24. The second image shows MWC’s dates and perhaps spotlights a different phone entirely — either that, or the Nokia 9 now comes with what looks like a hole-punch display.
We’re not entirely sure what the name will be, but it may be the first to revive the classic PureView name, once given to Nokia’s very best camera phones. There has also been a leak by a Nokia dealer in Malaysia, who posted about a Nokia 9 PureView on its Facebook page. The device supposedly has the code name Olympic, due to the five camera rings. The leaked poster of the Nokia 9 includes the word “throwback”, implying use of the old “PureView” term.
What will the Nokia 9 look like? While dual-lens, and even triple-lens, cameras are becoming more commonplace, more rumors are gathering about a penta-lens setup on the Nokia 9 PureView. That’s right, five camera lenses, plus additional sensor and flash units — for a total of seven rings– may end up defining the look of the Nokia 9. The renders here give us a good look at how striking the Nokia 9 may be with this design.
Now, a render video released by MySmartPrice has shown the Nokia 9 PureView in all its glory. The video shows the same design we’re now accustomed to seeing — so it’s likely this is the definite article. However, it does confirm fairly chunky (by current standards) bezels at the top and bottom of the screen and Qi wireless charging. The video also claims the 5.99-inch 2K HDR10 display will house a fingerprint scanner. Reliable leaker Evan Blass backed this design in a tweet posted shortly after the video was leaked.
Previously, a now-deleted teaser image published by an authorized Nokia dealer in Malaysia also showed a phone with this design, calling it the Nokia 9 PureView, with the promotional tagline, “powered by light,” hinting at strong low-light camera performance. The phone pictured closely resembles the other five-lens Nokia 9 concepts.
It’s not the only possibility, though. The phone has been illustrated with a triple-camera array, and a dual-lens camera too. The same report says the Nokia 9 will feature an edge-to-edge 3D glass display, with no capacitive touch buttons. These photos show a blue-and-orange model, and an edge-to-edge 3D-glass and bezel-less display.
The Nokia 9 has been leaked with a whopping five camera lenses on the back. The penta-lens setup has been seen in leaked images with Zeiss branding, and Zeiss patented a camera zoom system that looks very similar to what we can see on this phone, according to a report from The Verge. According to HMD Global, the Nokia 9 PureView’s five lenses will let in 10 times more light than a regular smartphone’s lens — a pretty staggering boast.
No specifications for the five-camera setup have been leaked. Early rumors stated the Nokia 9 would feature a dual-camera setup, but those rumors actually referred to the Nokia 8 Sirocco. The front-facing camera may come in at 21 megapixels and feature a pretty impressive f/1.8 aperture.
What about the Nokia 9’s power and specification? Leaks so far are backing earlier rumors of the Nokia 9 coming with 2018’s Snapdragon 845 processor, as well as 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage space. Earlier rumors of a 3,950mAh battery and a dual-SIM slot have not yet been confirmed or denied.
A total of 8GB of RAM and 256GB of onboard storage capacity is possible, with Geekbench also reporting the Nokia 9 will feature 8GB of RAM. These results can be faked, of course.
The Nokia 9 PureView will likely run Android 9.0 Pie, Android One edition — at least, according to the leaked video. Earlier this year at Mobile World Congress, HMD confirmed that all upcoming Nokia devices, with the exception of the Nokia 2, would be part of the Android One program. That would also mean the device is guaranteed at least two years of major Android updates.
Data spotted on a firmware website showed the phone code name Olympic — which has already been associated with the Nokia 9 — running Android 9.0 Pie.
Updated on January 28. 2019: A pair of posters showcase Nokia’s MWC presence.