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The call to action here is its five-camera setup on the back, an ambitious collaboration between HMD itself, lens maker Zeiss Optics, American multi-lens camera startup Light, and Qualcomm. Most notably it has five cameras on the back - but this is nothing like the four-camera phones of Samsung or the three-camera phone of Huawei. These include Nokia One Plus, Nokia 3, Nokia 4 and Nokia 210. A lot of the features you might expect just aren't on this camera. The Snapdragon 855-powered version of the Nokia 9 PureView, which is expected to be released later this year, will most definitely be priced closer to other 2019 flagship smartphones. True to the rumors so far, the Nokia 9 indeed comes with a penta-lens rear camera setup that takes stunning images and is actually comparable to a professional full frame camera. There's a dual-purpose secondary SIM card / MicroSD card slot, so as long as you're not too bothered by having multiple lines on your new Nokia, you can add up to 512GB additional storage for your photos.

The Nokia 9 PureView will go on sale in March for $699. Nokia 1 Plus has a textured back and comes without the rounded edges like the Nokia 1. All five are 12-megapixel sensors, but only two of them shoot in color.

Notably, the company a year ago showcased a total of five Nokia devices with the banana-shaped Nokia 8110 being one among them. It also features facial unlock and fingerprint sensor. The 845's digital signal processor has been tasked with handling noise reduction, while the Adreno 630 GPU is cleverly used to draw depth maps quickly and accurately. It is much more power efficient, using 10x less power than the CPU and processing things like noise 3x faster.

However, flip over the Nokia 9 PureView and it's immediately clear this is a very different proposal. This may not apply locally, and we'll have to wait for HMD Global to make another announcement for those.

What do the monochrome sensors do?

Curiously, the other three are monochrome sensors meant to give your photos heightened contrast and detail. These allow for 240MP capture across 12.4 stops of dynamic range. Like other Nokia devices, the Nokia 9 PureView is an Android One device running a stock build of Android 9.0 Pie.

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What do the RBG sensors do?


There's only one: Midnight Blue. HMD Global is said to promise frequent OS updates and security patches. Sure, you still have the OnePlus 6T undercutting that price by about $100, but who else? Here are some official shots from HMD. What you get at the end remains to be seen, but the aim is to produce unbelievable photos.

If you're on a budget but want something a little fancier, perhaps that Nokia 4.2 will pique your interest. Nokia 3.2 will retail at $139 (Rs 10,000 approx). To enable that you'll have to opt for the depth selection option, it doesn't capture this all the time. Google Photos' free, unlimited cloud storage will upload JPEGs, and while the DNG formats can save to the cloud as well, those will count against your storage limit.

Nokia is going down the digital route with its camera functionality. But JPEG is a compressed format and a lot of data is stripped out making it smaller and ideal for sharing, but bad for editing. We will, of course, be fully reviewing the Nokia 9 PureView as soon as we can.