Nokia 9 PureView made its official debut in Barcelona on Sunday. This latest flagship smartphone is targeted at the consumers, who love photography and are looking to try new and interesting technologies in the space. The Nokia 9 PureView comes with as many as five rear cameras, all of which are triggered when a picture is taken. The phone then fuses the data from the five cameras to generate a single image, which the company claims is “the richest image capture possible.” Although there aren’t any other smartphones in market with five rear cameras, the Nokia 9 will be taking on the likes of Samsung Galaxy S10+, Xiaomi Mi 9, and Sony Xperia 1, all of which come with three cameras on the back and claim to offer an amazing imaging experience.

In this article, we compare the Nokia 9 PureView, Samsung Galaxy S10+, Xiaomi Mi 9, and Sony Xperia 1 smartphones to take a look at how the four phones stack up to each other. All four phones are the flagship models of the respective smartphone makers and will go on sale in select markets around the world over the coming weeks.

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Nokia 9 PureView vs Samsung Galaxy S10+ vs Xiaomi Mi 9 vs Sony Xperia 1 price

According to HMD Global, the Nokia brand licensee, the Nokia 9 PureView will carry a price tag of $699 (roughly Rs. 50,000) for the sole 6GB + 128GB version. On the other hand, the Samsung Galaxy S10+ will retail at $999 (roughly Rs. 71,300) for the 8GB + 128GB model, $1249.99 (roughly Rs. 89,200) for the 8GB + 512GB model, and $1599.99 (roughly Rs. 1,14,100) for the 12GB + 1TB model. The Xiaomi Mi 9 will be sold at CNY 2,999 (roughly Rs. 31,800) for the 6GB + 128GB variant and CNY 3,299 (roughly Rs. 34,900) for 8GB + 128GB variant. Xiaomi is also selling a 6GB + 64GB model of the Mi 9 in Europe, which will be offered at EUR 449 (roughly Rs. 36,200). Sony is yet to reveal the pricing for the Xperia 1, however some reports indicate that the phone will retail starting GBP 799 (roughly Rs. 73,600).

Nokia 9 PureView vs Samsung Galaxy S10+ vs Xiaomi Mi 9 vs Sony Xperia 1 specifications

HMD Global has included a 5.99-inch Quad-HD+ (1440×2960 pixels) POLED screen with 18.5:9 aspect ratio on the Nokia 9 PureView, whereas the Galaxy S10+ packs a 6.4-inch Quad-HD+ (3040×1440 pixels) Dynamic AMOLED screen with 19:9 aspect ratio. On the other hand, the Xiaomi Mi 9 has a 6.39-inch Full-HD+ (1080×2340 pixels) screen with 19.5:9 aspect ratio, and the Sony Xperia features a 6.50-inch 4K (1644×3840 pixels) HDR OLED screen with 21:9 aspect ratio.

Under the hood, the Nokia 9 PureView comes with older Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC, whereas the Samsung Galaxy S10+, Xiaomi Mi 9, and Sony Xperia 1 are powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC. It is important to note here that in some regions, Galaxy S10+ will come with Exynos 9820 SoC, instead of Snapdragon 855. Additionally, the Nokia phone includes 6GB of RAM and 128GB of inbuilt storage, same as the Xperia 1 and Mi 9 base model. However, the Galaxy S10+ has 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage in its base variant, which goes up to 12GB of RAM and 1TB of storage. The Xperia 1 and Galaxy S10+ also feature microSD card slot for further storage expansion, whereas the Mi 9 is missing the slot and the same is unconfirmed for the Nokia 9 PureView at this point.

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Moving on to the camera capabilities, which are the USP of the Nokia 9 PureView, the Nokia phone packs five rear cameras with Zeiss certified f/1.82 lenses, which are joined by three 12-megapixel monochrome sensors and two 12-megapixel RGB sensors. In the front, there is a 20-megapixel selfie shooter. In comparison, the Samsung Galaxy S10+ comes with a triple camera setup with a 12-megapixel sensor with a telephoto f/2.4 lens, a 12-megapixel sensor with wide-angle f/1.5 to f/2.4 lens, and a 16-megapixel sensor with ultra-wide-angle f/2.2 fixed-focus lens. There are two cameras on the front of the Galaxy S10+ with a 10-megapixel sensor with an f/1.9 lens and a 8-megapixel RGB depth sensor with an f/2.2 lens. The Xiaomi Mi 9 also has three cameras on the back, but with a 48-megapixel primary sensor with an f/2.2 lens, a 16-megapixel sensor with an ultra-wide angle f2.2 lens, and a 12-megapixel sensor with telephoto f2.2 lens. For selfies, there is a single 20-megapixel sensor on the front with f2.0 lens. Lastly, the Sony Xperia 1 sports three cameras as well, but with a 12-megapixel primary sensor with an f/1.6 lens, a 12-megapixel secondary sensor with wide-angle f/2.4 lens, and a 12-megapixel sensor with f/2.4 lens. There is also an 8-megapixel sensor at the front for selfies with f/2.0 lens.

Coming to the onboard battery, the Nokia 9 PureView includes a 3,320mAh battery, whereas the Galaxy S10+ packs a 4,100mAh battery, Xiaomi Mi 9 comes with a 3,300mAh battery, and Sony Xperia 1 features a 3,300mAh battery. All phones except Sony Xperia 1 include fast charging as well as wireless charging support. Galaxy S10+ also includes reverse wireless charging.

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Among other features, all four phones include fingerprint sensor, Android 9.0, Wi-Fi 5 (S10+ has Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, USB Type-C, dual-SIM support, 4G LTE, and the usual set of sensors.

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Nokia 9 PureView vs Samsung Galaxy S10+ vs Xiaomi Mi 9 vs Sony Xperia 1 comparison

  Nokia 9 PureView

Samsung Galaxy S10+

Xiaomi Mi 9

Sony Xperia 1

Release date February 2019 February 2019 February 2019 February 2019
Body type Glass
Dimensions (mm) 155.00 x 75.00 x 8.00 157.60 x 74.10 x 7.80 157.50 x 74.67 x 7.61 167.00 x 72.00 x 8.20
Weight (g) 172.00 175.00 173.00
IP rating IP67 IP68
Battery capacity (mAh) 3320 4100 3300 3300
Removable battery No No
Wireless charging Yes Yes Yes Yes
Colours Midnight Blue Ceramic Black, Ceramic White, Prism Black, Prism Blue, Prism Green, Prism White, Deep Grey, Holographic Illusion Blue, Holographic Illusion Black, Grey, Purple, White,
Fast charging Proprietary Proprietary Proprietary
Screen size (inches) 5.99 6.40 6.39 6.50
Protection type Gorilla Glass Gorilla Glass Gorilla Glass
Aspect ratio 19:9 19.5:9 21:9
Resolution 1080×2340 pixels 1644×3840 pixels
Processor octa-core 1.9GHz octa-core 2.84GHz octa-core octa-core
Processor make Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Samsung Exynos 9820 Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
Internal storage 128GB 128GB 128GB
Expandable storage No Yes Yes
Expandable storage type microSD microSD
Expandable storage up to (GB) 512 512
Rear camera 12-megapixel + 12-megapixel (f/1.82) + 12-megapixel (f/1.82) + 12-megapixel (f/1.82) + 12-megapixel (f/1.82) 12-megapixel (f/1.5) + 12-megapixel (f/2.4) + 16-megapixel (f/2.2) 48-megapixel (f/1.75, 0.8-micron) + 12-megapixel (f/2.2, 1.0-micron) + 16-megapixel (f/2.2, 1.0-micron) 12-megapixel (f/1.6, 1.4-micron) + 12-megapixel (f/2.4, 1-micron) + 12-megapixel (f/2.4, 1-micron)
Rear autofocus Yes Phase detection autofocus Yes Yes
Rear flash LED Yes Dual LED
Front camera 20-megapixel (f/1.82) 10-megapixel (f/1.9) + 8-megapixel (f/2.2) 20-megapixel (f/2.0, 0.9-micron) 8-megapixel (f/2.0, 1.12-micron)
Front autofocus Yes
Operating system Android 9.0 Pie Android 9.0 Android 9.0 Android 9.0
Skin One UI MIUI 10
Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth Yes, v 5.00 Yes, v 5.00 Yes, v 5.00 Yes, v 5.00
NFC Yes Yes Yes Yes
USB Type-C Yes Yes Yes Yes
Number of SIMs 2 2 2 2
Active 4G on both SIM cards Yes Yes Yes
SIM Type Nano-SIM Nano-SIM Nano-SIM Nano-SIM
4G/ LTE Yes Yes Yes Yes
SIM Type Nano-SIM Nano-SIM Nano-SIM Nano-SIM
4G/ LTE Yes Yes Yes Yes
Face unlock Yes Yes Yes
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes Yes Yes
Compass/ Magnetometer Yes Yes Yes Yes
Proximity sensor Yes Yes Yes Yes
Accelerometer Yes Yes Yes Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes Yes Yes Yes
Gyroscope Yes Yes Yes Yes
Barometer Yes Yes Yes
Temperature sensor No
3D face recognition Yes