It’s official. Smartphones of the future may be the very thing trypophobics would not want to look at. How so? Too many cameras on the rear, that’s how. Case-in-point: this bordering trypophobia device from HMD Global, Nokia 9 PureView smartphone with its five-camera array around the back. It won’t be long before smartphone makers just packing the back with lenses that would qualify some smartphone a trypophobia object. I am not even kidding. It is already getting to me.
Unveiled a day ahead of Mobile World Congress happening now in Barcelona, Spain, Nokia 9 PureView nearly laid out cameras feature Zeiss Optics and HDR as standard. The five sensors simultaneously capture the image and combine them into one 12 MP photo which Nokia said results in an “outstanding dynamic range and depth of field.”
HMD Global said that Nokia 9 PureView is designed with photography enthusiasts in mind and as such it has the ability to record images in uncompressed RAW ”DNG” format and thanks to a partnership with Adobe Lightroom, allowing the users to edit the images directly on the phone. Moreover, the cameras’ depth of field allows you to focus after the shot and it also boasts native black-and-white photography too – courtesy of not one, not two but three monochrome sensors.
“Pick out a face in a crowd or leaf in a forest. Using depth mode, Nokia 9 PureView can identify over 1,200 layers which it uses to build a detailed depth map. This lets you re-discover elements of your photo by re-focusing the shot later in Google Photos.”
There is, of course, blue effect control to create bokeh photos to your desire, along with real-time adjustments in the Pro Camera UI with control over white balance, ISO, shutter speed, and exposure times of up to 10 seconds. Unfortunately, though, it does not get the latest Qualcomm chip, but the Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform with imaging co-processor isn’t too shabby either. Nokia PureView gets a notch-less 5.99-inch edge-to-edge pOLED QHD display packing 2K resolutions, shielded by Corning Gorilla Glass 5, and with HDR10 support.
Other notable specs include an 8 mm thin machine aluminum body with no camera bumps, a 20 MP front-facing camera with display flash, 6 GB LPPDDR4X RAM, 128 GB storage, USB-C 3.1 port, under display fingerprint sensor, a 3,320 mAh battery that supports Qi wireless charging, IP67 rated for water and dust resistance, 4K HDR videoing, Qualcomm aptX for high audio playback quality over Bluetooth speakers and headphones, and last but not least, it is an Android 9 Pie device.
The Nokia 9 PureView is already shipping, going for around $699 a pop.