With 5 cameras in a spider-like design, the Nokia 9 PureView from HMD World stands out from the gang of smartphones popping out of Cellular World Congress 2019 in Barcelona. The 5 cameras work in unison to supply pictures wealthy with data, which you’ll then edit to your coronary heart’s content material because the telephone gives RAW information alongside conventional JPEG ones. It’s meant for photograph lovers, not essentially a mainstream viewers, which can partly be why it’s a restricted version telephone.
Whereas there’s rather a lot to love, there are options and omissions we dislike. Let’s have a look.
The Nokia 9 saves a JPEG and RAW photograph each time you snap a shot. The JPEGs are mechanically backed up in “high-resolution” (versus the unique decision) without cost on Google Images. The RAWs will find yourself consuming into your free Google space for storing, and we anticipate you’ll ultimately have to buy extra cloud storage from Google as you snap extra pictures on the Nokia 9. The telephone does include 128GB of inner storage, however a MicroSD card slot would have gone an extended approach to serving to photographers develop storage internally, fairly than having to leap on a month-to-month subscription storage plan with Google.
We don’t just like the gradual processing
The most important draw back of the five-camera setup is the time the telephone takes to course of a photograph. You get a preview as quickly as you faucet the shutter button, however you’ll be able to’t do something with it till 30 seconds later (generally extra), as that’s simply how lengthy it takes to completely fuse and show these detail-rich photographs. It’s not a dealbreaker, however it might show irritating to some who wish to shortly share pictures to social media.
We don’t like the dearth of optical picture stabilization
What additionally might show annoying is the dearth of optical picture stabilization. Granted, it’s powerful to implement when there are 5 cameras on the again. Even Samsung’s triple digicam Galaxy S10 lacks optical picture stabilization within the extremely wide-angle lens. So you probably have shaky arms, the Nokia 9 might supply extra blurry pictures than not particularly in low mild.
We don’t just like the in-display fingerprint sensor
Increasingly telephones have in-display fingerprint sensors, which is when the fingerprint sensor is positioned beneath the display on the entrance of the telephone. Completely different producers use totally different applied sciences, and up to now we’ve had little to no points with Samsung’s Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus, which makes use of ultrasonic tech for its scanner. The OnePlus 6T and Huawei Mate 20 Professional’s sensors failed fairly regularly for us, and we had some points with the sensor on the Nokia 9 after setting it up briefly, which isn’t promising. Fortunately, there’s a face unlock possibility, nevertheless it’s meant extra for comfort and never safety.
We don’t just like the bottom-firing audio system
If we might make it a rule, we’d ban bottom-firing audio system. Take a cue from Google and Razer and make audio system on flagship telephones stereo and front-facing. It’s simple to dam the speaker on the Nokia 9 as a result of the sound solely comes from the underside, and that may imply shifting the way you maintain the telephone to keep away from this drawback. There are already small bezels across the display, so we’re unsure why HMD couldn’t put the bottom-firing speaker on the underside bezel in any case.
Likes and gripes apart, we’ll be placing the Nokia 9 PureView by means of its paces over the following few weeks, so keep tuned for our full evaluation.