The Finnish company HMD Global, which makes Nokia smartphones, unveiled the “Nokia 9 PureView” – the world’s first smartphone with a five-camera array with ZEISS Optics to put next generation computational imaging technology into the hands of photography and technology enthusiasts.
The device was unveiled at the ongoing 2019 MWC Barcelona.
Aimed at photography enthusiasts, each camera on the Nokia 9 PureView snaps the same photo simultaneously and then fuses them together into one 12-megapixel image that the company claims will have impressive depth of field and dynamic range.
The phone can also capture photos in an uncompressed RAW format known as DNG – the company has partnered with Adobe Lightroom to allow mobile photographers to edit photos directly from the device. There’s also a 20-megapixel front-facing camera for taking selfies.
The cameras feature Zeiss Optics just like older Nokia phones, such as the Windows-based Nokia Lumia 1020, which debuted in 2013. HMD and Zeiss also signed an exclusive partnership to collaborate on smartphones in 2017.
Other than a five-camera arrangement, the Nokia 9 PureView features a 5.9-inch screen, wireless charging, and runs on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 processor. Like Samsung’s recently announced Galaxy S10, it includes an in-screen fingerprint sensor for unlocking the device.
“Today, with these new phones, we are taking a leap forward by delivering the very latest innovations from Google across our entire portfolio,” said Florian Seiche, Chief Executive Officer, HMD Global.
It’s one of several standout smartphones unveiled at Mobile World Congress, joining Huawei’s foldable Mate X and dual-screen LG V50.