HMD Global had been gearing up to bring a new smartphone with a breakthrough addition in the form of penta-camera setup. This device is Nokia 9 that has been spotted in several leaks. It was expected to debut at the Nokia 8.1’s launch event that was held recently, wherein Nokia did not launch it. However, the company talked about it to the German media and revealed that it is completely focussed on the quality for the Nokia 9, which is why there has been a delay. HMD Global does not want to leave any stone unturned for reaching the quality benchmark for its upcoming phone.
HMD Global Not Satisfied With The Camera Results
At the Nokia 8.1 launch event, the company shared about its journey until now. It has completed two glorious years in the industry. It resurrected the ‘Nokia’ brand and made it a relevant name, again. The company claimed to have sold around 70 million, which includes Android-powered smartphones and features phones too.
During an interview, HMD Global’s head of German PR, Britta Gerbracht, revealed that the company will be launching the flagships Nokia 9 and Nokia 9 PureView at the beginning of next year. During the interview, Gerbracht did not shy away from mentioning the Nokia 9 and also about delays that have clouded its arrival. She said that the company was not satisfied with the rear camera samples of the Nokia 9, which is why the launch date of the phone was bumped until the results reach the satisfaction levels. She indirectly asserted the challenges being faced by HMD Global’s manufacturing partner, Foxconn, in the development of the Nokia 9 due to its complex camera setup.
While we are talking about the Nokia 9 PureView, we also need to mention that the sales of the Nokia 8 and Nokia 8 Sirocco did not reach the expected levels. HMD Global was quick to observe the dip in sale. The company now has its hopes set high on the Nokia 9 PureView, which is adorned with some of the standout features. Although, Nokia 9 and Nokia 9 PureView are the major upcoming launches from the company, it was revealed that the important flagship phones from HMD Global are slated to debut in 2020 and 2021.
While HMD Global’s PR shared some information regarding the delay in the arrival of Nokia 9, she did not reveal the exact launch date for the device. However, we expect that the company could most likely bring out the phone in late January or at the beginning of February 2019, somewhere in between the biggest tech events, Mobile World Congress (MWC) and Consumer Electronics Show (CES).
What’s the Deal with Quad-Cameras, Penta-Cameras on Smartphones?
This year, we witnessed the changing trends when it comes to cameras on smartphones. Almost all the mid-range phones launched in 2018, features dual-rear camera setup. Samsung took the trend even further by launching its Galaxy A9 smartphone with four cameras on the back, aka quad-camera setup. And now, Nokia is bringing a phone with six lenses on the rear, a penta-camera setup. Now, we can’t help but think if we really need four-cameras or six-cameras on our smartphone?
Well, I checked the camera performance of the Galaxy A9, it was good but there is not any outstanding difference between the image output from a quad-camera phone and a dual-camera phone. While every lens in the setup has a dedicated function such as wide-angle, telephoto, and more, I personally did not see any marked difference. One of the biggest examples on this is Apple’s iPhone XR that has recently earned great ratings from DxOMark on its camera and it has a single lens rear camera setup. Even Google’s Pixel 2 and Pixel 3 settle for a single lens. In the end, we think that OEMs are only experimenting with the lenses to add a new factor on their phones and dare we say that it is not really adding any value.