The Nokia 9 PureView was an interesting smartphone that offered something a little different. Not everything worked for HMD Global and Nokia, but we thank them for trying.
Today, there are rumors about a sequel. Are we going to see the Nokia 9.2 coming in? We hope so…
Expectations were high when the Nokia 9 PureView was launched, especially for its cameras.
Although the device has an almost futuristic design with its multiple cameras, the final product does not live up to expectations.
Back To Basics For The Camera?
Nokia’s long-standing collaboration with German optics manufacturer ZEISS is likely to continue for the Nokia 9.2, but there are rumours that the Light camera technology,
which was in the Nokia 9 PureView, may now be abandoned in favour of a more conventional approach.
Last year’s Nokia flagship camera used complex image processing and algorithms to capture a single shot from its five cameras.
But this year the Nokia 9.2 will use more common Toshiba lenses. Thus, the PureView experience, as well as the name, will be dropped.
As for the stand-alone front camera, we have heard that it will be improved. It will potentially have a 32 or 48 megapixel sensor.
A Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
It seems Nokia is doing everything possible to prepare what should be a relatively affordable Android One smartphone.
We had initially heard that HMD Global was delaying the launch of the Nokia 9.2 to upgrade the processor from a Snapdragon 855+ to a Snapdragon 865, but there seems to be some confusion as to how long this delay will actually last.
Price and Release Date
If the SoC update is good news, it means that Nokia 9.2 is not expected to arrive before the fall. We were hoping to see Nokia’s new flagship at CMM 2020 next month,
as HMD Global used the 2019 Barcelona event to launch the Nokia 9 PureView, but that now seems unlikely. Still, it would be a real surprise if there was teasing around this phone at the show.
As for the price, the more conservative approach to camera technology could suggest a launch around $600.
That’s about the same price as the Nokia 9 PureView last year, but the improved SoC will probably offset the savings in the camera department. We’ll have to wait and see.