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(Pocket-lint) - It was back in March 2019 that we first saw the Nokia PureView 9.1 - the company's top-end flagship. And now it's rumoured to be returning with 5G capabilities for the end of 2019, securing Nokia's place in the next-gen connectivity race.

But that's not all, the revamped PureView 9.1 is also said to carry a Snapdragon 855 processor, one-upping the SD845 chip in the original unit, along with improvements to the Light camera arrangement.

The unusual camera design - which features five main lenses to the rear - is all about focusing on quality, by combining a mixture of colour and black and white sensors. However, the results were criticised by many - and Nokia wouldn't distribute the release version of the phone to us for review purposes.

Elsewhere, the 5G PureView 9.1 is thought to opt for a punch-hole notch arrangement as a means to extend that screen real-estate further to the edges. How Nokia will go about hiding the various sensors and earpiece to the top is anyone's guess, though, as no prototype model has been revealed.

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With Three launching its 5G network in the UK towards the end of 2019, that sounds like the perfect time for Nokia to get in on the ultra-fast connectivity game. Currently, both EE and Vodafone offer 5G in the UK across a number of citites, but results aren't entirely consistent just yet. We've been testing them with a OnePlus 7 Pro 5G and Xiaomi Mi Mix 5G, respectively.

Writing by Mike Lowe.