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Nokia 10 may get a surprise multi-lens camera

Nokia 10 may get a surprise multi-lens camera

We've been talking about the Nokia 9 for months, and by now, we know practically everything there is to know about the smartphone. Perhaps that is why rumors are starting to emerge about its successor already. The Nokia 10 might be aiming to blow the competition out of the water with its camera.

Nokia 10: A multi-lens camera?

The Nokia 10 will be the top of Nokia's 2018 range. A sketch of the device from China (Baidu, to be precise) reveals an interesting camera module. There appears to be five lenses placed around a circular module that resembles the one on the Lumia 1020. There are seven small circles in total: five for the lenses, and two dedicated to the LED flash. Though the rumors are of dubious origin, there are some aspects which could potentially lend it credibility.

nokia 10 penta lens module
The image looks like a screenshot from a smartphone in a note program of some kind. / © NokiaPowerUser

Zeiss has already patented a Miniature zoom camera consisting of several lenses arranged in a circular pattern which are able to rotate. This system should allow one to work with different focal lengths and a wide zoom range. HMD Global and Zeiss have been working together since last year, and with the patent being designed for smartphones, we can assume that the Nokia 10 will introduce this photography innovation. Back in July, the pair of brands announced some smartphone photography news together in a video:

While we don't know much about how it works for now, this interesting innovation could certainly hold potential.

Nokia 10: What else do we know?

Like most top-of-the-line smartphones which will come out in 2018, the Nokia 10 is expected to have the latest Qualcomm processor, the Snapdragon 845. That's not all though, as HMD Global doesn't seem to want to miss out on the 18:9 display trend. There's also news on the design and materials: the Nokia 10 could abandon the metal body in favor of glass, allowing for wireless charging. 

To find out what's new at HMD Global with the upcoming Nokia 10, we'll have to wait a few months. The future flagship could be revealed in September during IFA in Berlin.

What do you think of the Nokia 10 rumors so far? Would you want a multi-lens camera?

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  • Instead of screwing around with dual lens, 5 lenses and all these other "gimmicks" why not just put a LARGER camera sensor, with a REAL optical 5-10x retractable zoom lens, like Samsung tried to do with the non phone Samsung Zoom? It's the SIZE of the image sensors, that has the greatest impact on their ability to gather the light, not the NUMBER of image sensors. More "megapixels" are mostly used for crop/zooming.
    Why won't they just use a larger sensor, better optics? Because the entire smartphone industry is still hooked on the whole "slim, sexy, colorful & stylish" crap.

  • Sorin Jan 22, 2018 Link to comment

    I'm just waiting to see what 5 photo cameras can do, I hope the quality of the photos is raised to a whole new level. Sounds interesting.

  • Just dying for Nokia to get really back to the Top and put more pressure on Apple & Samsung,Nokia phones have always been related to good camera phones,hope the Nokia 10 does really get released with a xenon flash with these camera set up

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