Nokia 9 PureView 

price₹ 48,799 onwards

launchJul, 2019

53.2

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47.5

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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 »
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  10. bgr.in hands-on Read Review »
  11. digitaltrends.com hands-on Read Review »
  12. expertreviews.co.uk hands-on Read Review »
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Nokia 9 PureView Specifications

Operating System
Smartphone OSAndroid 9.0 PieExpected update to Android QAndroid 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 #9 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPUAdreno 630
RAM6 GB
Memory
Internal Memory128 GB
Battery
Battery Capacity3320 mAh
Fast ChargingYes, Quick Charge 3.0
Dimensions
Weight172 gm
Thickness8 mm
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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