NOKIA 9 PUREVIEW VS BLACK SHARK 2 VS GALAXY S10E VS ONEPLUS 7 PRO

Nokia, in a very surprising move, has quietly announced its latest flagship smartphone called the Nokia 9. The device had been launched months back at MWC 2019 in Barcelona and finally, it has made its way to India. At a price of Rs 49,999 the device is anything but cheap and it competing at the higher end of the smartphone spectrum with the likes of OnePlus 7 Pro , Black Shark 2 , and the Galaxy S10e .

In terms of specs, the device happens to have a previous-gen Snapdragon 845 chipset and it has just the single variant which is 6 GB RAM + 128 GB storage. Display wise the device happens to have a 5.99-inch Quad-HD+ (1440×2960 pixels) POLED screen with 18.5:9 aspect ratio. There is also an in-display fingerprint reader for authentication purposes.

By far the most interesting feature for the Nokia 9 PureView is the five-camera setup present at the back. Two lenses are regular RGB sensors both with 12 MP resolution and f/1.8 aperture while the other three happen to be monochrome B&W sensors also with 12 MP resolution and f/1.8 aperture. Combined the monochrome sensors can capture 10 times more light than standard RGB sensors. All five cameras work together in creating a single shot and the phone has dedicated camera hardware inside, to bring down the processing required to take photos.

Competition-wise the OnePlus 7 Pro is the obvious rival for the Nokia 9 PureView. Apart from that the Black Shark 2 and the Galaxy S10 also fall somewhere around the same price range. So let’s see how the device compares in a spec battle.

SmartphoneNokia 9 PureViewOnePlus 7 ProBlack Shark 2Samsung Galaxy S10E
Display Size (inch)5.996.676.395.8
Resolution (pixels)1440 x 28801440 x 31201080 x 23401080 x 2280
Pixel Density (PPI)538516403438
Display TypeP-OLEDFluid AMOLEDAMOLEDDynamic AMOLED
Dimensions(mm)155 x 75 x 8162.6 x 75.9 x 8.8163.6 x 75 x 8.8142.2 x 69.9 x 7.9
Weight (gm)538206205150
Dual SIMYesYesYesYes
SIM TypeNano-SIMNano-SIMNano-SIMHybrid Dual
Connectivity TypesGSM / CDMA / HSPA / LTEGSM / CDMA / HSPA / LTEGSM / CDMA / HSPA / LTEGSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 845Qualcomm Snapdragon 855Qualcomm Snapdragon 855Exynos 9820
CPU CoresOcta-coreOcta-coreOcta-coreOcta Core
CPU Clock Speed (GHz)4×2.8 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4×1.7 GHz Kryo 385 Silver1x 2.84 GHz Kryo 485 & 3x 2.42 GHz Kryo 485 & 4x 1.80 GHz Kryo 4851x 2.84 GHz Kryo 485 & 3x 2.42 GHz Kryo 485 & 4x 1.80 GHz Kryo 4852x 2.7 GHz Mongoose M4 & 2x 2.3 GHz Cortex-A75 & 4x 1.9 GHz Cortex-A55
GPUAdreno 630Adreno 640Adreno 640Mali-G76 MP12
RAM6 GB6,8 GB6,8 GB6. 8 GB
RuggednessIP67SplashproofSplashproof
On-Board Memory128 GB128, 256 GB128, 256 GB128//.256 GB
Expandable MemoryNoNoNoYes, up to 512 GB
SensorsIn-display fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometerIn-display fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compassIn-display fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compassFingerprint (side-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
Primary Camera5x 12 MP, f/1.848 MP, f/1.6 (primary) + 16 MP, f/2.2 (ultrawide) + 8 MP, f/2.4 (telephoto)48 MP, f/1.8 + 12 MP, f/2.212 MP, f/1.5-2.4 and 16 MP. f/2.2
Optical Image StabilizationYesYesYesYes
Camera ArrayPenta-cameraTriple CameraDual-cameraDual-camera
Autofocus SystemPhase detection autofocusPhase detection autofocusPhase detection autofocusDual Pixel PDAF
Secondary Camera20 MPMotorised pop-up 16 MP, f/2.020 MP, f/2.010 MP, f/1.9
Video Capture[email protected], [email protected][email protected]/60fps, [email protected]/60/240fps, [email protected], Auto HDR, gyro-EIS[email protected][email protected], [email protected]
Flashdual-LEDDual-LEDLED flashLED Flash
OS VersionAndroid PieAndroid PieAndroid 9.0Android 9.0 Pie/ One UI
AI (Smart Assistant)Google AssistantGoogle AssistantGoogle AssistantBixby, Google Assistant
GPSYesYesYesYes
Wi-FiWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, DLNA, hotspotWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, DLNA, hotspotWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, DLNA, hotspotWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetoothv5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX HDv5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX HDv5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX HD5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX
NFCYesYesNoYes
InfraredNoNoNoNo
Fingerprint ScannerYes, In-displayYes, In-displayYes, In-displayYes, side-button
3.5mm jackNoNoNoYes
RadioNoNoNoNo
USB TypeType-C reversible connectorType-C reversible connectorType-C reversible connectorType-C Reversible connector
USB StandardUSB 2.0USB 3.1USB 2.0v 3.1
Battery (mAh)3320 mAh4,0004,0003100
Fast chargingYes, In-displayYes, 30 W Warp ChargeYes, fast battery charging 27WYes (support wireless fast charging as well)
ColorsMidnight BlueMirror Grey, Almond, Nebula BlueBlack, Silver, BluePrism White, Prism Black, Prism Green, Prism Blue, Canary Yellow, Flamingo Pink
Prices in IndiaRs 49,999Starts at Rs 48,999Starting at Rs 39,990Rs 50,900

Verdict

The Nokia 9 PureView appears to be a day late and a dollar short in the processor department at least. The phone’s Snapdragon 845 chipset has been used in all flagships of last year and the competition packs in the latest 7nm chipset from Qualcomm and Samsung’s Exynos. The RAM and storage options are also not to promising as the Nokia offers only the 6 GB RAM and 128 GB storage options while the competition has up to 12 GB and 256 GB storage. The camera appears to be a saving grace as the Nokia 9 PureView uses all its five 12 MP cameras to click photos which should, in theory, offer unprecedented image quality.

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