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Review: Nokia 9 PureView

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HMD Global raised eyebrows world over when it announced that its next Nokia flagship will carry a five-camera module. We waited with bated breath for the device to launch on the regional market and we recently received the Nokia 9 PureView for review. While everyone is talking about triple cameras, it is indeed a feet for Nokia to launch a device with the first five-camera setup on the market. 

Design

The design of the Nokia 9 PureView follows the same pattern we have come used to in a Nokia device. The device boasts a very good design overall and it feels premium when you hold it in your hands. Nokia has used a mix of glass and metal to construct the phone.

You also get the protection of Gorilla Glass 5 at the back of the device. There is also a 6000 Series aluminum frame that runs around the phone and the device measures 8mm in thickness, which is not bad for a device that packs in a five-camera setup at the rear.

Display

On the front of the device, you get a 5.99-inch OLED QHD+ screen. You also get in-screen fingerprint reader, which unlocks the device pretty quickly. In addition, Nokia offers a 2D face unlock for extra security. The display also supports HDR10 capability and is protected by Gorilla Glass 5. 

You also get a 20-megapixel front camera with an aperture of f/1.8 that supports Tetracell pixel-binning for improved low-light performance. The Nokia 9 PureView is rated IP67 for water and dust resistance. One this that surprised us is that though the phone comes with six-cameras at the back, there is no camera bump whatsoever. The Nokia 9 PureView is completely flush, keeping within the profile of just 8mm.

Specifications

When HMD Global announced the new Nokia 9 PureView, we were expecting it to be powered by the Snapdragon 855 processor. However, the Nokia 9 PureView is powered by an older Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 processor. This is paired with 6GB RAM and 128GB of built-in storage.

On the right edge of the device, you will find the power and volume buttons, while at the bottom you will find the USB-C port. On the top, you will find the dual SIM slot, but lacks a microSD slot, which means you will not be able to expand the built-in storage. The phone is powered by a 3320mAh battery that supports Quick Charge 3.0 and wireless charging up to 10w.

The phone is powered by Android One version of the latest Android 9 Pie OS. This means that the Nokia 9 PureView runs an unmodified vanilla version of Android 9 Pie without any bloatware or other preloaded software of questionable nature and usefulness. The only non-stock software is the camera app, which is provided by HMD Global instead of Google.

What’s Inside the Box?
Inside the box, Nokia bundles an 18W charger, a USB-C cable, and a pair of in-ear headphones with a 3.5mm connector. You also get a 3.5mm-to-USB-C adaptor, since the phone itself comes with only a USB-C port. 

Camera

Many may think that the five-camera setup at the back of the Nokia 9 PureView might come with telephoto or wide angle lenses. That’s not the case here. Instead, Nokia is targeting photography enthusiasts who would like to have the capability of shooting in RAW mode on a smartphone.

The six-camera setup at the back includes three 12MP f/1.8 Monochrome lenses, two 12MP f/1.8 RGB lenses, and a 3D ToF camera. All the lenses have a fixed focal length of 28mm. What the system does is it combines the output of all cameras into one for a supposedly stunning image with unmatched dynamic range. Lossless zoom is on the table, too. 

Monochrome mode sample 1.

While this may sound quite exciting, if you are one of those who’s looking for different focal ranges that other manufacturers are offering, you might be disappointed. But, wait till you see the quality of the images captured and a sense of awe comes over you. The cameras can also do 4K at 30fps and 4K HDR video recording.

Performance

Monochrome mode sample 2.

To gauge the real world performance of the Nokia 9 PureView, we ran the AnTuTu and Geekbench benchmarks. On AnTuTu, we clocked 276517 points, which is at par with devices running Snapdragon 845 chips. The battery temperature hovered around 33°C, while the CPU temperature was around 35°C when we the benchmarks were underway. 

Image taken at 1.0X.

On Geekbench, the Nokia 9 PureView scored 2397 in the single-core tests, and 8782 in multi-core tests. On both the tests, Nokia 9 PureView was ahead in terms of performance when compared to similarly priced devices on the market.  

Image taken at 2.0X.

Now, let’s talk about the camera experience. Under good lighting conditions, the Nokia 9 PureView is able to shoot some amazing photos. Exposure is pretty spot on in the focus points and there is accuracy in the white balance, too. Colors still look deep, but not over processed. 

Image taken at 5.0X.

The Portrait mode takes very good shots simulating the bokeh effect. The Nokia 9 PureView’s five-camera setup captures 12 times the amount of depth data achieved by typical dual-camera smartphones. Then it processes all this data to provide you with an image with a perfect depth of field. 

The Nokia 9 PureView’s low-light images also look pretty good – the exposure, white balance, and colours are really nice. The Nokia 9 PureView can record 4K at 30fps. However, I wish it could go up to 60fps. Also, since there is no image stabilization, the footage ends up being a bit shaky when you are recording a video while walking. 

Low light / night photography performance.

What I did not like is the camera app that comes inside the Nokia 9 PureView. Don’t get me wrong – the design and UI of the camera app is fantastic. What not is, is the performance of the camera app – it is very sluggish and the performance is very slow.

There is a delay when you open the camera app. Then, when you want to switch between modes, there is a delay, anywhere between 3 seconds to 5 seconds to switch. Once you have clicked a picture, it takes almost 7-8 seconds for the phone to open up the picture. This is because the camera has to process the data it has captured using the five cameras.  

Verdict
The Nokia 9 PureView is a very good smartphone. It offers a very good design and build quality, offers IP67 certification, good image quality, and overall good performance. However, the camera app performance is not up to mark, and the videos shot using the device were not great.

For a price of AED 2,299, the Nokia 9 PureView is a good device if you are willing to put up with the sluggish camera app, which we hope HMD Global can fix with a software update. 

Price: AED 2,299 

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Review: HONOR PAD 8

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HONOR’s much-awaited entertainment PAD 8 tablet is finally available in the UAE. The tablet offers a wide range of features you might be looking for in a performance-based tablet, making it a great tablet for both students and working professionals alike. Here then is our review of the new HONOR PAD 8.

The HONOR PAD 8 comes packed in a metal unibody chassis and offers excellent design and build quality. The PAD 8 is available in Blue Hour colour and weighs just 520 gms. On the right edge of the device, you will find the speaker grilles and the USB Type-C port. On the left edge, you will find the second set of speaker grilles. On the top edge, you will find the volume rockers, power button, and noise-canceling microphone.

On the front, you get a brilliant 12-inch 2K Eye-Care HONOR FullView Display, that offers a resolution of 2000-by-1200 pixels and a narrow bezel measuring 7.2mm. The display also offers 87% screen-to-body ratio, support for 1 billion colours, and comes with the TÜV Rheinland Low Blue Light Certification. You also get a pixel density of 195-PPI and a brightness 350 nits.

Under the hood, the HONOR PAD 8 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 (6nm) mobile platform. You also get 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. There’s also an extra 2GB of HONOR RAM Turbo which kicks in while playing games or performing performance-hungry tasks.

In terms of the operating system, the HONOR PAD 8 is powered by MagicUI 6.1, based on Android 12 OS, with Google Mobile Services included. You also get a 5MP camera on the front, just above the display, and a 5MP camera at the back of the device. The battery on this one is rated at 7250mAh and the PAD 8 supports 22.5W wired charging. For wireless connectivity, you get both 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands of Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 5.1.

The HONOR PAD 8 is positioned as an entertainment tablet, and it shows – it comes packed with eight speakers. The speakers are also High-Res Audio rated and support DTS X: ultrasound effects. Hence, watching movies or listening to music on the HONOR PAD 8 will be a whole new level of experience. The display offers crystal clear images, while the speakers are outstanding.

The HONOR PAD 8 also offers multi-screen collaboration features, which make working with your HONOR smartphones such as the HONOR 70 and the HONOR PAD 8 effortless. With the multi-screen collaboration feature, you can convert your HONOR PAD 8 into a mobile video editing studio. You can also take stunning videos and images using the HONOR 70 and then instantly transfer them onto the PAD 8 for easier editing on a large screen.

You can also seamlessly transfer files between your HONOR phone and the HONOR PAD 8. In order to use this feature, first, switch on HONOR Share and Bluetooth on your HONOR phone. Next, swipe down from the top on the PAD 8 and select the Multi-Screen Collaboration feature, and select OK to connect.

Once your HONOR phone is connected to your PAD 8, you will be able to control the phone and access its contents directly from the tablet. You can drag and drop files and even get into a video call through your phone, right from the tablet’s screen.

The HONOR PAD 8 is a great tablet for working professionals, students, and those seeking entertainment features on a tablet. During our review period, we were satisfied with the overall performance of the tablet. We did not encounter any lags or stutters when flipping through multiple open app windows. If you are looking for a tablet for watching videos, listening to music or even controlling a smart home ecosystem, then the HONOR PAD 8 might just be the tablet for you.

The HONOR PAD 8 ticks all the right boxes when it comes to design, build quality, top-notch display, excellent audio, very good performance, and multi-screen collaboration features. It’s like the HONOR PAD 8 is almost in the flagship-killer territory with how good it is at what it does. With so many features, the HONOR PAD 8 stands out from the crowd as the Best Entertainment Tablet in the market right now.

Price: AED 1199 (with a free HONOR Pad 8 Smart Keyboard worth AED 399)

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