Nokia 9 PureView 

price₹ 49,998 onwards

launchJul, 2019

46.1

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44.4

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Design

  • Beautiful, symmetrical design, with a modern, high-quality chassis (metal and glass)
  • Excellent build quality - HMD opted for 6000-series aluminum and gave the metal frame an anodized finish - a glossy coat of varnish and exposed, chamfered edges complete the frame’s modern look
  • IP67 rated, for water resistance
  • The glossy glass finish of course means that the the Nokia 9 is incredibly slippery, and will catch smudges easily - so you will likely want to use a case
  • The under-display fingerprint reader is executed quite poorly at present, and has a low accuracy rate (this might get improved via a software update)
  • Face unlock implementation is ordinary too - it's slow, and also randomly gets bad reads, even in good lighting

Display

  • Excellent, flagship-grade OLED display - the resolution is crisp, the colors are excellent, viewing angles are wide, and there is HDR video support

Software

  • The software, like all Nokia phones, is nice and simple stock Android, with no bloatware - and being part of the Android One series, you are guaranteed updates for 2 years
  • The software seems to be sometimes poorly optimised for the phone though and you sometimes get random app freezes and crashes - the camera app, in particular, suffers consistently

Performance

  • High-end performance with the Snapdragon 845 that powered most of last year's flagships - everything from heavy apps to games is smooth

Camera

  • The Nokia 9's unique penta-camera arrangement at the back does one thing well - it's a master of portrait shots - with the amount of depth data captured, the Nokia 9 owners have far more control over the bokeh/portrait effect
  • Apart from bokeh shots though, the camera setup is a big disappointment for a phone carrying a camera-centric branding
  • To start with, the camera app is both slow and buggy
  • The camera's prolonged image processing too is slow, and takes a toll on battery life
  • Image quality is very inconsistent - sometimes you get spectacular results, and at other times, the phone messes it up with basics like poor focus, or poor white balance
  • Low-light image quality, and video quality is average too
  • Instead of this (fairly poorly executed) penta camera setup, most people would prefer having wide-angle and telephoto lenses available - which would allow them to capture a broader array of photos types in different spaces — and be much more practically useful
  • The selfie camera is average too, producing results on the soft and grainy side
  • The overall camera results are simply not flagship-worthy

Audio

  • No 3.5mm headphone jack - and rather than ship the phone with USB-C headphones, HMD strangely packages the device with standard 3.5mm headphones and includes a 3.5mm-to-USB-C adapter - additionally, the included buds are pretty cheap and don’t sound all that good
  • Tinny speaker - it sounds distorted at high volume

Battery

  • Wireless charging support (though wireless charging speed is not the fastest)
  • Average battery life, for the price category, with a 3320mAh battery - you will still get a day of use with moderate usage, but a lot of the competition does better in this regard

Verdict

  • Overall, HMD's latest flagship attempt, while it held a lot of promise in theory, falls frustratingly short - its potential is simply overshadowed by poor implementation of the camera and the in-display fingerprint sensor - it comes across more as an experimental offshoot, rather than a mature flagship – you will be better off looking at flagships from OnePlus, Samsung, Huawei, and others

Expert Reviews

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  1. The Nokia 9 is full of potential, but the failure to utilize it is evident in every aspect of the phone
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. There’s no objective reason to pick the Nokia 9 over the available alternatives
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Seems more like an experimental offshoot, rather than an innovative flagship
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Has some promising ideas, but fails to execute on nearly all of them
    mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Falls frustratingly short
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Wasted opportunity
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. It’s hard to justify the need for five cameras on the back when the image quality is a bit unpredictable, and especially when processing the images is so slow
    pocketnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. forbes.com hands-on Read Review »
  9. fonearena.com hands-on Read Review »
  10. bgr.in hands-on Read Review »
  11. digitaltrends.com hands-on Read Review »
  12. expertreviews.co.uk hands-on Read Review »
  13. techadvisor.co.uk hands-on Read Review »

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Nokia 9 PureView Specifications

Operating System
Smartphone OSAndroid 9.0 PieExpected update to Android 10Android One series
Display
TouchscreenYes (Capacitive)
Screen Size5.99 inches
Screen Resolution1440x2880 pixels (~ 538 pixels per inch)
Display TypeP-OLED
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal BezelsYes
Display Features
  • P-OLED
  • FullView Display
  • Always-on Display
  • HDR10
Scratch Resistant DisplayYes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Sensors
  • G-sensor
  • Gyroscope
  • Proximity Sensor
  • Ambient Light Sensor
  • Hall Sensor
  • Barometer
Fingerprint sensorYes
Face UnlockYes
Processor/RAM
Processor2.8 GHz, Octa Core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 845Ranked #11 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPUAdreno 630
RAM6 GB
Memory
Internal Memory128 GB
Battery
Battery Capacity3320 mAh
Fast Charging SupportYes, Quick Charge 3.0, Fast charger included
Dimensions
Weight172 gmMedium
Thickness8 mmMedium
Width75.0 mmOk for one-handed use
Camera
Primary Camera12MP + 12MP + 12MP + 12MP + 12MP + TOF Camera
Camera Auto-FocusYes
Camera FlashYes
HD Video RecordingYes (4K)
Other Camera Features
  • 12MP (All 5): F/1.8 Aperture; 1/2.9" Sensor Size; 1.25um Pixel Size
  • 2 RGB & 3 B/W Cameras
  • Zeiss Optics
  • HDR
  • Panorama
Secondary Camera20MP
Secondary Camera Features
  • 1.0um Pixel Size
  • HDR
  • Display Flash
Connectivity
BluetoothYes
Connecting PortUSB-C
WiFiYes
WiFi DirectYes
4GYes
VoLTEYes
3GYes
2G Internet (GPRS/EDGE)Yes
GPSYes + GLONASS + BeiDou
CompassYes
NFCYes
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Dual SIMGSM+GSM
Water ResistantYes, IP67 Rated (1m for 30 mins)
Dust ResistantYes
Noise FiltrationYes
More
  • USB Power Delivery
  • Fast Wireless Charging 10W (Qi)
  • In-display Fingerprint Sensor
  • ANT+ Support

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