Nokia 9 vs Galaxy S10 +

We are looking forward to compare Samsung Galaxy S10 plus and Nokia 9 Pureview , two of the first flagship range of 2019 and one of the most interesting in the entire sector, but the latest in HMD is not ready for the market yet. We decided to put them alongside here at MWC 2019 . Today’s smartphone trends are cameras but at the same time more interesting and able to amaze us, especially when you realize complex systems such as those in trend.

Fundamentally different in appearance, Samsung has focused on a decidedly more aggressive design with a front panel that sees the 6.4-inch Infinity-O display as the absolute new with modern lines, whereas there’s a Nokia 9 PureView that follows more trends last year with the most pronounced frames and all points on the back and attached technology. Aesthetically we prefer the Galaxy S10 plus, extreme enough and with more usable surface despite the overall dimensions are very similar. And then there is the care for the details and build, land on which it is really very difficult to beat Samsung.


There is also to say that Samsung has finally integrated battery of 4,100 mAh on the “S” series and still maintained a low thickness of 7.8mm. A little less than the 8mm of Nokia 9 which instead integrates a much smaller 3,320 mAh battery, needless to make too many highlights to the direct reviews of the new arrival of HMD to know whether or not it is adequate?

Other Specs and Price:

Virtually identical weight (172g for Nokia 9 and 175g for Samsung S10 Plus) and Android 9 Pie on both devices, able to offer performances from the first class but with some minor compromise for the new Nokia that bases everything on Snapdragon 845 and not the latest Snapdragon 855. Precise choice of configuration allows Nokia to keep prices down and start from $740, much less than the Galaxy S10 Plus which falls heavily on an even higher category.

Nokia 9 Camera

Cameras Comparison:

We have already seen the first shots made through the unprecedented pentacam in our preview , but in this blog we want to show you also a brief comparison with the photos of the Galaxy S10+ and comment together the differences. Let’s start from some more data on the HMD model: the photos taken with Nokia 9 are very heavy, we talk about 15MB for each file, there are three image sensors RGB and two monochromes (all 12MP).

Picture Quality:

Working together they manage to capture more details and light, so as to go up to a dynamic range of 12.4. There is certainly no lack of detail and the automatic color & temperature balance seems very good. Let’s see in the first example of the first references: Galaxy S10+ can guarantee very vivid and bright colors, but investigating the crop (100%) we see how Nokia 9 provides a better distinction of depth. The top of the range Samsung does not come too much.

In the next example, it is clear that the level of detail is very high and the distance with professional cameras is being further reduced. Most interesting is the 100% crop that still shows all the pixels in their place, with a focus point perfectly localized on the bee and a perfect perception of the different planes.

Unfortunately we could not repeat the exact same shot with the Galaxy S10 plus because the little insect has moved, but we still want to offer a different perspective and crop, however very clear but less elaborate in focus.

Finally we see how it performs the zoom, although it is a special processing of different shots and simulation of factors 2x and 5x on Nokia 9. In the first case you can cope with the 2x canvas of the Galaxy S10+ that we already know, but if we go further and we see that everything is quickly lost.

Colors once again more vibrant and charged for the Samsung flagship and more cautious and natural for that HMD.


Nokia has really amazed us with this pentacam and it is appropriate to say that finally someone has not added a disproportionate number of image sensors to make only a sensation, the camera system seems to really be able to make the difference. It is not easy to innovate in this particular compartment; the small size of the smartphone does not allow the use of particularly large and complex lenses.

For its part Samsung has managed to validate the very first impressions confirming one of the best solutions for photos and videos, with a wide-angle that is added and also extends the shooting possibilities.


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