HMD Global recently rolled out the Oreo beta update for the budget Nokia 5 smartphone. In addition to all the core Oreo features, the update also included an updated camera app similar to the one that the Nokia 7 ships with. While the updated camera app only offers a simpler user-interface compared to the previous version of the app, the folks over at Nokiamob have discovered a few “hidden” features as well.
By examining the files inside the camera APK package, it was found that the app comes with support for telephoto camera mode, 2X optical zoom, and a wide-angle mode. It also supports a wide range of shutter speeds ranging from 1/500 to 1sec and ISO between 100-2000. Since the Nokia 5 camera hardware does not support the shutter speed and ISO range that the app supports, HMD has disabled these features for the smartphone. However, it is possible that the Nokia 8 and the company’s upcoming flagship, the Nokia 9, will be able to support these new features. It is possible that HMD will be releasing the “new” camera app for the Nokia 6, Nokia 3, and the Nokia 8 in the coming weeks. The presence of a telephoto mode also suggests the Nokia 9 or some other upcoming smartphone from the HMD Global stable will feature a dual-camera setup with a secondary wide-angle RGB sensor. HMD’s current flagship, the Nokia 8, features a 13MP primary RGB sensor and a 13MP secondary monochrome sensor.
The Nokia 9 is rumored to be made official in China in January, while the global version will likely make its debut at the Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona. It was recently certified by China’s 3C certification agency, along with the budget Nokia 6 (2018). Rumored specs of the upcoming flagship include a 5.5-inch OLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection, Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC, 6GB of RAM, and up to 128GB of built-in storage.