The flagship device Nokia 9 was one of the most promising but seems to be the most disappointing of all - and alongside the problems of the special camera system, his fingerprint scanner is now becoming an object of ridicule
HMD Global has certainly revived the importance of the Nokia brand in the mid-market with durable and elegant devices that enjoy an operating system that appeals to those looking for an experience Android Free of additions or unnecessary changes - but it seems that in the world of flagships it has a lot more to learn and a lot to aspire to.
Its Nokia 9 model Was announced at the MWC 2019 exhibition in February Delayed more than a year In relation to early rumors about him, With chip Snapdragon 845 "Old-fashioned" but also with an unprecedented hexagonal photo set and a $ 650 price tag designed to surprise the big names. What can go wrong? Well, a lot.
Initial reviews have killed the device due to technical issues and unusually long processing times when shooting based on five different sensors, video capture quality, disappointing battery life and also the fact that the device places the photo in the center with uncompressed RAW format does not include 128GB comes with them from the factory - and now to these troubles you can also add the reliability of the biometric identification mechanism built into the display panel.
We used to know that a user's fingerprint scan is not an all-in-one security mechanism, thanks to several practical proofs that have broken the notion that this information is completely unique to each person and cannot be duplicated or falsified - but HMD Global seems to have a particularly serious problem. The sensor inNokia 9 can be easily bypassed with unprecedented ease, even with the finger of another random user whose details are not stored in the system and even with inanimate objects such as a package of gum, as demonstrated in the following video which became viral on the Twitter network quickly.
Video of the fingerprint sensor unlocking phone with a packet of chewing gum and someone else's finger pic.twitter.com/jwY4ZG7uCh
- Decoded Pixel (@decodedpixel) April 21 2019
It is worth noting that this documentation comes after the launch of a software update that was designed to improve the reliability of the built-in biometric sensor - but it seems that the manufacturer has failed in this task as well, at least for some users' devices. It is very possible that the disappointing level of security inNokia 9 will be corrected and improved in the future, but it seems that image damage has already been done, and joins all the other problematic signs.
It 's hard to believe that the flagship device of Nokia 2019 will meet the expectations of its creators, but we still hope that the concept of photography with a large number of sensors in the mobile world will not die - in the few bright spots of the model there is proof that this idea has significant potential, just needs good commercial application and much more.