Nokia has quietly launched the Nokia 9 in India for a price tag of Rs. 49,990 in India. HMD Global’s Chief Product Officer Juho Sarvikas shared the information and the phone was launched without any bells and whistles.
The smartphone will go on sale on Flipkart soon (it was not listed at the time of writing this article). Further, Nokia 9 will be available in the retail market from 17th July 2019.
The price looks absurd for a device that runs on a generation-old processor (Snapdragon 845).
Contrarily, most new mobiles like the Oneplus 7 Pro and Asus 6Z are available with Snapdragon 855 and even buyers can get the more affordable Redmi K20 Pro soon.
It doesn’t make any sense to buy the Nokia 9 PureView unless you are drooling over the Penta-camera setup.
Nokia 9 Launched 5 Rear Cameras, SD 845, In-Display Scanner, Price ($699)
Nokia (HMD Global) re-entered the mobile arena with the launch of Nokia 6, Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 3310. In fact, Nokia announced these during the Mobile World Congress in Spain, back in Feb 2017.
And now again after two years, the company has unveiled its latest flagship at the MWC 2019, in Spain.
Nokia 9 – With Penta-Lens Cameras Launched at MWC 2019
Bizzare it may sound, but it is true that Nokia has gone with a Penta-Lens (5 Rear Camera) set up on the latest flagship.
Previously, Samsung has launched the Galaxy A9 in India, with 4 Rear cameras. If that was not enough, Nokia has added 5.
Notably, It is the first phone in the world to have 5 rear cameras.
Camera Details and Features
At the back we can see 7 camera holes, one is flash, second is nothing and rest 5 are cameras.
Are so many cameras on the Nokia 9 a gimmick or do they have any use?
Nokia 9 Pure View has three 12 Megapixel monochrome cameras and 2 two RGB 12 MP cameras.
The Zeiss certified lenses have an aperture of 1.82 (all the 5 lenses). The three monochrome cameras are meant to capture more light and details in an image, the colors and vibrancy are captured by the 2 RGB cameras.
When you click the camera button to capture an image, all the 5 lenses capture an image which is later merged by the Image Signal processor to form a high-resolution final photograph.
Nokia also said that they have fully utilized the prowess of the SD 845 Processor to make the cameras work better and they have even collaborated with Google and Qualcomm to optimize the cameras further.
Conceptually, the Nokia 9 approach looks smart, but we will have to wait for real-world results.
It is not a new approach, Huawei has used the RGB and Monochrome sensors in many phones including the camera crown P20 Pro.
The camera interface is also optimized and suited to the Penta-lens setup and comes with features like special monochrome shots and a Pro mode.
Further, at the front, there is a 20 Megapixel camera to click selfies.
Performance and OS
Powering the Nokia 9 preview is a year-old Snapdragon 845 Octa-Core processor and the Adreno 630 GPU.
Since most other flagship phones (Mi9, Samsung S10, LG V50, G8) are coming with the latest SD 855, it looks like a back step for the Nokia 9.
Camera enthusiasts may still buy it but performance junkies will opt for the latest flagship chipset.
Furthermore, it has 128 GB of internal storage and comes with 6 GB of DDR4 ram.
Besides, the Nokia 9 comes with the stock Android 9.0 Pie from Google and is part of the Android One program.
The key benefit for the Nokia 9 is going to be timely software updates from Nokia, as it will get Android Q and even the Android R.
Display and Design
The Nokia 9 looks like a head-turner if those 5 cameras at the back can’t get attention, then what else can.
There is a glass back design, and the front side has a more conventional no-notch design.
There are still some bezels upfront, if we compare it to the Galaxy S10, otherwise it is acceptable.
The phone comes with an immersive 5.99-inch Quad-HD+ (2960*1440 pixels) POLED display with 18.5:9 aspect ratio. The display is protected by the Corning Gorilla Glass 5.
Also, it has the voguish in-display fingerprint scanner.
Battery and More Features
The smartphone comes with a moderate-sized 3320 mAH capacity battery that supports fast charging as well as wireless charging.
Additionally, it comes with USB Type C port, Water and Dust resistance (IP 67 rating), Bluetooth 5.0, NFC and WIFI support.
Unfortunately, there is no 3.5 mm headphone jack and you will have to use wireless or USB type C headphones.
Nokia 9 Variants and Price
Nokia 9 is available from March 2019 in only one variant and blue color option. The price is USD 699 or Rs. 49,990 in India.