HMD Global is apparently looking to shake things up with their upcoming flagship, called the Nokia 9. The phone has just been leaked in China and its camera(s) is surprising, to say the least.
The back of the phone comes with a unique 5-lens setup, which is an oddity in a world which is just acclimatizing to three lenses. The lens is accompanied by an LED flash and a black-ish sensor, which appears to be IR-related.
There is Zeiss branding at the back, too, which we’ve known all too well from past Nokia phones. The back appears curved at the edges and has a glossy blue finish.
The back also misses out on a fingerprint scanner, but that’s understandable given the phone was expected to come with an in-display fingerprint scanner in the first place. Unlike other flagship phones, the phone is not a looker surely the various tags and barcodes don’t help much.
Before being dismantled and licensed to HMD Global, Nokia did have a strong legacy of camera phones, and HMD is likely looking to tap into that.
Recently, HMD also bought rights to the PureView brand from Microsoft, something which we might finally see coming back to Nokia phones.
Not much else is known about the Nokia 9, other than a few sporadic leaks. Under the hood, there’s expected to be a Snapdragon 845 processor, as HMD has promised the best-possible hardware here.
If you’ve followed this space for some time, you’ll remember our coverage of the 16-lens Light camera. That camera came with the ability to stitch together ultra high-resolution images and offered enormous control over depth field and dynamic range.
It remains to be seen whether Nokia is trying something similar with the upcoming 9 or do the additional cameras serve some other purpose.