Nokia 9 PureView Review

Nokia 9 PureView Review | 5 Cameras!

Nokia 9 PureView Review:

I discuss new technology quiet a lot, and chief among them are new smartphones. I did think that reviewing the top level smartphones in the market would make me look as cool as MKBHD, but it’s also a problem for your average South African, whom can’t afford that top spec device.

That’s where my little plan with Nokia South Africa came in; why not grab their new smartphones, such as; the Nokia 3.1 up to the Nokia 9 PureView, and give you actionable reviews on more “affordable”, smartphones that you may actually be able to afford.

An so begins my Nokia Smartphone Review Series!

Nokia 9 PureView Smartphone Review:

The Nokia 9 PureView is a great mid-level smartphone, with a striking and obvious camera array, and standard Android Pie operating system. The camera array itself is something you’re notice from the outset, in fact, sometimes the array is used as the butt of a few memes. Never the less, the array boasts five 12 megapixel cameras, and is intent on being the foremost camera smartphone.

Though, that’s where it all falls down sadly; the array doesn’t give you the depth of field, resolution or scope you’d expect from this generation of device; especially right of the back of the releases of new Huawei, Samsung and Apple top tier smartphones; each boasting their camera technology.

Yes, at first glance, maybe I’m being too harsh, this is after all a mid tier smartphone right? 

Well, apparently not, the device goes for roughly 13,999 ZAR / $ 699, which for a South African market, is the same as the new Huawei P30 Standard device (not the pro).

Then, what do we feel the Nokia 9 PureView is then? 

Based on the feel, tone and experience with the device, it feels like it should be a more budget smartphone, than the price tag let’s it be; it feels like it’s made for a working class user, someone with not a lot of money or cares about having an iPhone, but would still like to capture great video and photo content on their Sunday run in the park.

But the price says otherwise. 

What I feel the PureView is really, like a lot of these kinds of phones from Nokia (remember the Nokia Lumia 1020?), is that it’s a statement or a gimmick (gimmick maybe a bit strong), to tell the rest of the smartphone market that: “We could totally take you on, but we’re not going to yet”, and that’s fine, I suppose when we look at the Nokia 3.1, Nokia 7.1 and the Nokia 5.

Plus, we’ll find the real market game that the brand is playing: affordable for an African market.


Yes, those lower tier smartphones will compete with Chinese prices, but hey, that’s the name of the game.

Personally, I wouldn’t grab the Nokia 9 PureView off the shelf, but that’s just me, I like a certain kind of build and feel, and I’m not a fan of the highly reflect back or the ostentatious camera array.

Maybe you are though, maybe you don’t care about brand, and that’s fine, go to your local retailer, and test it out for yourself.

My Video Review of the Nokia 9 PureView:

Nokia 9 PureView Specs:

Body Build and Design:

  • Size: 155 x 75 x 8 mm
  • Weight: 172 g
  • Color: Midnight Blue (only)


  • Operating system Android 9 Pie
  • CPU Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 845 Mobile Platform

Display and Screen:

  • Size and type PureDisplay 5.99” QHD+ pOLED
  • Resolution 2K HD
  • Material Corning® Gorilla® Glass 5


  • Cable type USB-C 3.1
  • Sensors In-screen fingerprint sensor, ALS/PS, G-sensor, E-compass, Gyro, Hall sensor, Barometer, Haptic vibrator, Biometric face unlock

Storage and Memory:

  • Internal memory 128 GB2


  • Connector USB-C
  • Speakers Single speaker with smart amp
  • Microphones 3 x mics with Nokia spatial audio
  • Other Qualcomm® aptX™

Cameras: (Oh all those lovely cameras):

  • Rear cameras 5 x 12 MP, f/1.82 (2 x RBG, 3 x mono)
  • Front-facing camera 20 MP, display flash

Battery Life:

  • Battery type Integrated 3320 mAh5
  • Charging Qi Wireless charging

Nokia 9 PureView Review

As always, hope you enjoyed my review and content, I hope it’s been of some help to you when making a more informed buying decision, or if not, a bit entertaining. If you have questions or comments, be sure to leave them in the section below, and I’ll do my best to assist and get to them. Until next time, have a nice day!

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Written by Brett Magill


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