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Nokia 9 PureView is finally coming to India

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Nokia 9 (Image credit: Android Central)

What you need to know

  • HMD Global is teasing the launch of the Nokia 9 PureView in India.
  • The phone costs $699 in the U.S., and could retail at around ₹50,000 in the country.
  • The marquee feature is a penta-lens arrangement with five sensors working together to produce a photo.

The Nokia 9 launched to much fanfare back in February because of its penta-lens arrangement at the back. HMD worked with Light and Qualcomm to parse data from the five 12MP sensors at the back. Unlike most phones in the market today, the Nokia 9 doesn't have a wide-angle or zoom lens — the five lenses work in conjunction to produce a single image, albeit one with great dynamic range and "incredible depth-of-field."

At least, that's how it's meant to work. In reality, however, the camera turned out to be less than stellar, as Daniel Bader noted in his detailed review:

Nokia 9 PureView review: Five great cameras, one big problem

HMD is now teasing the launch of the phone in the country, with a formal launch likely slated for sometime later this month:

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The Nokia 9 also features a 5.99-inch QHD+ P-OLED panel backed by Corning Gorilla Glass 5, Snapdragon 845, 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, 20MP front camera, and a 3320mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0. HMD says it opted to go with last year's Snapdragon chipset because it worked with Qualcomm to optimize the platform with the unique camera arrangement on the Nokia 9, but the rest of the hardware is in line with what you'd find on a premium phone today.

The Nokia 9 also runs Android One out of the box, like every other HMD phone. The phone currently retails for $699 in the U.S. (opens in new tab), and it's possible HMD will launch it at around the ₹50,000 mark. There's just one problem, however. The OnePlus 7 Pro costs roughly the same, and the Nokia 9 will undoubtedly invite comparisons with that device.

If you ignore the camera, the Nokia 9 is a pretty vanilla phone. You get much more with the OnePlus 7 Pro, namely a 90Hz display, and the latest hardware in the market today. It is already the best-selling premium phone in India, and HMD has its work cut out if it wants to go up against OnePlus in this category. But before all that, it needs to deliver the camera fixes for the Nokia 9 to stand any chance whatsoever.

What are your thoughts on the Nokia 9? Let me know in the comments below.

Harish Jonnalagadda
Harish Jonnalagadda

Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia at Android Central. He leads the site's coverage of Chinese phone brands, contributing to reviews, features, and buying guides. He also writes about storage servers, audio products, and the semiconductor industry. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.

6 Comments
  • Nokia should have launched this one immediately. due to launch timing naturally it will be compared with OP 7 Pro and certainly loose on some aspects. It totally depends on cost now.
  • Unless they've improved the camera and price it right (40k or less) , it's going to be tough to get into a price sensitive market like India. One plus Pro has monster specs and pricing it in that bracket will spell doom for the model.
  • Nobody cares about Nokia 8.1 anymore. Besides the 9 and 7 Plus, it's really difficult to tell their devices apart. They look identical. And their naming convention is retarded lol.
  • Unless they fix the cameras, and the wonky in display fingerprint sensor, then the Nokia 9 PureView doesn't stand a chance.
  • Still better than the overpriced garbage Applesuck, Scumsung and OyWei are putting out...
  • With the snapdragon 835? Knowing Nokia they'd price it so ridiculously high that it'd crash and burn within a week. And then there's the fact that the competition has better speced phones for good value out there. Nokia should have launched this ages ago, when 835 mattered.