The Nokia 9.1 Pureview is on the way with 5G support and more badass cameras
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After close to a year of hype, teasers, and postponements, HMD Global finally released its first true flagship phone, the Nokia 9 PureView. The device was incredibly flawed. For one, it was powered by a last-gen SoC and had sub-par specifications across the board. The Nokia 9 PureView was designed to be a camera-centric phone but still failed to match up to other flagships in most use cases. HMD Global will be hoping to remedy that with a refresh.
According to the source report, the Finnish company is set to launch the Nokia 9.1 Pureview in Q4 this year. Just after the launch of the Nokia 9 Pureview, there were rumors that the company would release a refreshed model with upgraded internals. This looks to be the phone in question, and it will come at least seven months after the release of the initial Nokia 9.
The Nokia 9.1 PureView will be powered by the Snapdragon 855 and will have 5G support. The device is also expected to have new, improved cameras. The Nokia 9 PureView was a collaboration between HMD Global and Light, and the Nokia 9.1 Pureview will be a continuation of that partnership.
Apparently, the Nokia 9.1 will place more emphasis on low-light performance and video. The newer, more powerful SoC—in conjunction with improved software—will result in faster image processing. That was one of the biggest complaints with the Nokia 9, so it's great to see HMD working to remedy that.
We expect the Nokia 9.1 to have a similar camera system to the Nokia 9. That is to say, a combination of monochrome and RGB sensors as opposed to the more diverse setups—telephoto, wide-angle, macro—other companies have adopted. The Nokia 9's setup is promising, as the hardware is capable of capturing way more detail than we've ever seen from any smartphone, but manages to be let down on the software end. If HMD Global fixes the software this time out, we could have a real gem on our hands.