Just after the availability of Oreo Beta update via Nokia Beta Labs for Nokia 5, came with a surprise – an updated camera app. This was a hidden feature in the Android Oreo version 8.0200.20, which is similar to the UI we saw on Nokia 7.
The new camera app version comes with a simplified UI, but with no new features or a Lumia-like Pro mode. Regarding the new camera app, Nokiamob in cooperating with Suomimobiili.fi has made a deeper examination of the APK package and discovered interesting “hidden” features.
For starters, files inside the APK shows up the current version of Nokia Camera (8.0200.20) supports telephoto camera mode with 2X (2times) optical zoom and has a wide-angle mode as well as the shutter speed 1/500-1s ISO of up to 100-2000 appeared.
As per the discovered features, you cannot access these in the current camera app version, because the hardware limitations related to telephoto and wide-angle modes, and these features aren’t finished as yet. Shutter speed ranging from 1/500s to 1s and ISO from 100 to 2000 could be limited to Nokia 5’s camera system.
Other phones, such as HMD Global’s high-end top phones like Nokia 7 or 8 or when Nokia 9 launches, could have higher (and lower) numbers, as well as new settings. The new addition of Telephoto and Wide-Angle lens indicates that the company might be replacing the Monochrome (second camera sensor) mode with these new features with a wide-angle sensor in color.
It’s interesting to note that we heard a lot about Nokia 9 from speculations and leaks, including information rumored about its processor, memory, dimensions, screen, lack of headphone jack, and nothing about the camera, except that the camera is similar to Nokia 8.
However, that said the upcoming Nokia 9 smartphone could eventually have a dual-lens camera setup with telephoto and wide-angle lens instead of monochrome. Some renders and leaked dimensions of Nokia 9 also reveals something new. It’s noticeable that the camera bump on Nokia 9 is slightly bigger than the one on Nokia 8.
If the aforementioned details are anything to go by, then. HMD Global could potentially pack a more significant camera hardware in the Nokia 9, which is also expected considering that the smartphone should be higher priced and overall better than the Nokia 8. We could see a second “telephoto” RGB sensor, otherwise on Nokia 9.
The smartphone is rumored to be announced next year, first in China in January and later globally after the MWC 2018 debut. Currently, we do not have a concrete information that can draw us any conclusions about what inside this new Nokia Camera app. But again, we should know more details when the Nokia 9 goes official in 2018.
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