Nokia 9 PureView Penta-lens camera Smartphone Tipped to Launch in January 2019: Report

The Nokia 9 PureView smartphone with penta-lens camera setup on the back could launch as early as January next year. Here are the latest details.


The Nokia 9 PureView smartphone is a rumored legendary device that will sport the powerful penta-lens camera setup on the back. It appears the first smartphone to revive the Nokia PureView moniker will not launch this year, but early next year.

The Nokia 9 PureView has surfaced only on a few occasions in the past. However, the frequency seems to be picking up, strongly indicating HMD Global is readying the Android smartphone and testing the same. Recently, we get our first look at the 5K renders of the upcoming Nokia 9 along with 360-degree video, courtesy 91Mobiles in collaboration with OnLeaks.

If the smartphone is on route to commercial sale, this would be Nokia’s first PureView smartphone in the last 5 years. The last Nokia smartphone with an impressive camera was the Nokia Lumia 1020. Incidentally, the device ran on Windows Phone OS. Nokia has steadily moved onto to Android Operating System, and more specifically, has been an active member of the growing Android One community.

Nokia 9 Launching Early Next Year, Confirms Nokia Mobile’s Russian Twitter Handle

It is now clear HMD Global was earlier in no rush to launch the Nokia 9 smartphone. The company was planning to release the device late next year, presumably MWC 2019. However, as the Tweet from Nokia Mobile’s Russian Twitter handle indicates, HMD Global has moved up the launch of Nokia 9 to “an earlier date” due to the “media hype” surrounding the smartphone and, presumably, the response from fans of the brand.

The exact launch period for the Nokia 9 PureView Android smartphone isn’t known, and neither has any of Nokia or HMD Global’s social media accounts implied any dates. However, the smartphone will surely launch in 2019. It is quite possible that Nokia 9 could be one of the major highlights early next year.

Nokia 9 PureView Renders Indicate Several Important Design And Hardware Aspects

We at MSP Gear had earlier reported about the leaked renders of the Nokia 9 smartphone that will come with the PureView branding. The renders clearly indicate the device will have five cameras on the rear clubbed with a dual-tone LED flash unit and dual sensor. Including the flash and depth sensor, the setup makes up for a total of seven units.

There’s no confirmation about exact specifications of each of the lenses. However, going by the trend, the Nokia 9 PureView’s rear camera setup would include a wide-angle lens, depth-sensing lens, telephoto lens, and other lenses to gather a lot of visual data to compile and process into an image. Strangely, the renders hint at a single front-facing camera unit. Needless to mention, the premium Nokia smartphone will have Carl Zeiss optics and will surely sport the branding proudly.

Nokia 9 PureView Rumored Specifications

According to recent reports, the Nokia 9 PureView is internally codenamed ‘Olympic’. The Nokia PureView smartphone could easily sport a dual glass design that would be supported by a metal frame. A glass back may support wireless charging as well.

Interestingly, the premium and presumably flagship Nokia smartphone was spotted on the FIH update server. The data revealed the device was running on a test version of Android 9.0 Pie. Given the release schedule, the OS seems correct.

The renders reveal the presence of an USB Type-C port, but not the humble 3.5mm headphone jack. The Nokia 9 could come with a 5.9-inch QHD display with 18:9 aspect ratio and slim bezels. The flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor could be paired with 8GB of RAM and 128GB internal storage. A large 4,150mAh battery could power the device. The premium Nokia handset could also sport dust and water resistance.

Interestingly, the renders also do not reveal any fingerprint scanner. Although this could mean only Face Unlock support, it could also mean Nokia too, is adopting the in-display fingerprint scanner.