Serial tipster Evan Blass has got his hands on what appears to be the first official press render of the upcoming Nokia 9 PureView. And if history is anything to be gone by, we might just be looking at the real thing. Although Blass, who tweets as @evleaks, hasn’t shared any hardware specs, the render confirms many long-rumoured design quirks of HMD Global’s top-tier premium flagship.
The Nokia 9 PureView will indeed ship with five rear cameras: with seven openings in total, including one for LED flash and another for the optical sensors. The exact functionality of this one-of-its-kind penta-camera setup is yet to be thoroughly deciphered though. No other smartphone in the world currently offers as many cameras, so it would be interesting to see what HMD Global has in store for us. The render also confirms that HMD Global will continue its partnership with Carl Zeiss, and the Nokia 9 PureView’s wide array of camera lenses will be fine-tuned by the German icon.
Moving on, it isn’t surprising to find that the Nokia 9 PureView will come with a glass and metal sandwich design but what’s surprising is that there will not be any notch: iPhone X-style, or punch-hole, or whatever. After a string of notched devices like the Nokia 7.1, the Nokia 8.1 and others, it was sort of self-explanatory that the Nokia 9 PureView would also ship with a notch up-front. Only, the render, suggests otherwise. In the render shared by Blass, the Nokia 9 PureView is seen carrying the sort of design we saw in the Nokia 7 Plus: with a near edge-to-edge screen possibly with an unusual aspect ratio of 18:9: but with some bezels thrown in on all sides. The Nokia branding is etched on the top right portion of the phone, much like it was in the case of the Nokia 7 Plus.
Unlike the Nokia 7 Plus though, the front of the Nokia 9 PureView will be interesting for some other reason. There have been rumours that the Nokia 9 PureView will incorporate an in-display fingerprint scanner, and the render shared by Blass, adds credence to the reports. The Nokia 9 PureView is seen ‘showing off’ a fingerprint unlock icon in the middle of the screen and because the rear and sides of the phone do not carry anything that remotely looks like a physical fingerprint scanner, chances of an in-display solution are very high.
Speaking of which, HMD isn’t letting go of Google’s Android One program just yet, as the branding is obvious on the back of the Nokia 9 PureView basis of the render. It is expected that the Nokia 9 PureView will run a stock version of Android Pie out-of-the-box.
HMD Global is said to launch the Nokia 9 PureView in the last week of January 2019.