Nokia’s futuristic new smartphone with 5 rear cameras is launching soon in the US

The Nokia 9 PureView has an impressive five-camera array on the back of the phone.

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The Nokia 9 PureView has an impressive five-camera array on the back of the phone.
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  • The Nokia 9 PureView will launch on March 3 in the United States.
  • The phone includes five rear cameras and is aimed at early adopters and photography enthusiasts.
  • It will be available from retailers including Best Buy, Amazon, and B&H Photo

While companies like Samsung have outfitted their new top-of-the-line smartphones with three rear cameras, HMD Global is one-upping them with a five-camera array on the Nokia 9 PureView.

The $700 phone, which was announced on February 24 during Mobile World Congress, will launch on March 3 in the United States.

The phone will be available from retailers such as Best Buy, Amazon, and B&H Photo, and will be on sale for $100 off until March 10. That brings the starting price down to $599 during the phone’s first week of availability. Beginning on March 11, it will be available at its regular price of $699.

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Aimed at photography enthusiasts, each camera on the Nokia 9 PureView snaps the same photo simultaneously and then fuses them together into one 12-megapixel image that the company claims will have impressive depth of field and dynamic range.

The phone can also capture photos in an uncompressed RAW format known as DNG – the company has partnered with Adobe Lightroom to allow mobile photographers to edit photos directly from the device. There’s also a 20-megapixel front-facing camera for taking selfies.

The cameras feature Zeiss Optics just like older Nokia phones, such as the Windows-based Nokia Lumia 1020, which debuted in 2013. HMD and Zeiss also signed an exclusive partnership to collaborate on smartphones in 2017.

Other than a five-camera arrangement, the Nokia 9 PureView features a 5.9-inch screen, wireless charging, and runs on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 processor. Like Samsung’s recently announced Galaxy S10, it includes an in-screen fingerprint sensor for unlocking the device.

It’s one of several standout smartphones unveiled at Mobile World Congress, joining Huawei’s foldable Mate X and dual-screen LG V50.