Nokia 808 PureView, launched at the MWC 2012, is the successor of the Nokia N8 and a worthy successor indeed. It features a great camera boasting of a 41 megapixels high resolution sensor and showcasing Nokia’s PureView Pro imaging technology that according to Nokia will revolutionise smartphone imaging. In this article we will dig into the features and specs of Nokia 808 PureView and offer information about prices.
The new Nokia Lumia 1020 comes with a similar but more advances Pureview Camera with 41MP sensor.
PureView Imaging Inside
The Nokia N8 came with an amazing camera, a camera that even several years after launch still competes with cameras on latest smartphones. So, it makes sense that the N8 will be replaced with a mobile phones with great imaging capability. Nokia 808 features PureView imaging technology, which will bring high-end imaging experiences on Nokia smartphones.
Nokia 808 with PureView Pro features a high resolution 41 megapixels sensor, Carl Zeiss optics, and an advanced image sampling algorithm that makes manipulating high resolution images on portable devices like smartphones very easy and may be even fun. With PureView Pro imaging technology, Nokia 808 can combine up to seven pixels into one at standard resolution of say 5 megapixels, leading to very sharp images. These enables you to zoom up to 3X without any loss in clarity.
Nokia 808 can capture high resolution images of up to 38 megapixels with great image details enabling you to zoom and see previously unseen details. Nokia distributed a couple of photos taken with this phone and they were simply amazing. The camera is capable of full 1080p HD video recording.
Other features of the main camera on the Nokia 808 PureView include Xenon flash, video light, autofocus, geotagging, image editing, etc. The Nokia 808 PureView also comes with a secondary camera capable of VGA video.
OS and Hardware
Nokia 808 Pureview features the latest Symbian Belle OS (Feature pack 1) offering some performance enhancements. It comes with a 1.3GHz processor, 512MB RAM and separate 128MB graphics memory and hardware graphics accelerator. Considering that the Nokia N8 came with a 618MHz processor and just 256MB RAM, Nokia 808 is a remarkable advance.
Nokia 808 Pureview also features the latest Nokia browser, latest Nokia maps, and an improved notification bar for email and social media.
Nokia 808 has Clearback Display
Nokia 808 PureView has 4.0-inch AMOLED display with Clearback for improved viewing experience under direct sunlight, plus a Corning Gorilla Glass on top. The display is a capacitive touchscreen with 16:9 nHD 640 x 360 pixels resolution and renders over 16 million colours.
Network, Data, Internet browsing, Connectivity
In network support the Nokia 808 PureView emulates other recent Symbian phones, featuring quadband GSM and pentaband WCDMA (3G) with high-speed data on HSPA+/WCDMA (up to 14.4 Mbps HSDPA) plus GPRS/EDGE on GSM networks. It also supports Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n for connecting over WLAN networks, Bluetooth 3.0, and USB 2.0. Nokia 808 PureView supports NFC enabling you to easily share contents like photos and videos with other compatible devices by touching them together.
Nokia 808 Price and availability
Specifications of Nokia 808 PureView
- Symbian Belle OS
- ARM II 1.3GHz Processor
- Graphics Processor
- 512MB RAM, 1GB ROM, 128MB graphics memory
- Storage: 16GB internal memory, supports up to 32GB memory card
- USB on The Go
- 3.5mm AV jack with TV out
- Document viewer (Excel, PDF, Powerpoint, Word, Zip)
- Digital compass, Accelerometer
- Colours: Red, Black, White
- GSM Quad-band (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
- 3G/3.5G (UMTS/HSPA) 5-bands (850/900/1700/1900/2100MHz)
- Voice command/dial
- NFC Games
- Java MIDP 2.1
- FM Radio
- FM Transmitter
- GPS Navigation with A-GPS and Nokia Maps
- email/push email/IM
- Music player (MP3, WMA, AAC, eAAC, eAAC+, AMR-NB, AMR-WB)
- Video player (HD, Mpeg4, WMA, 3GP)
- WLAN 802.11 b/g/n
- Flash Lite 4.0
- Photo/Video editor
- WAP 2.0/XHTML/HTML/HTML5 browser
- Battery capacity: 1400 mAh
- Standby: 540 hours (3G)
- Talktime: 6.5 hours (3G)
Nokia 808 PureView makes sense
A few people have argued that the 41MP sensor on Nokia 808 does not make sense. According to such people current 8MP camera phones already offer great picture quality that they do not see any imaginable improvement that bigger pixels can offer. They claim that Nokia should focus on improving its user experience rather than come up senseless features.
My answer is that by shifting to Windows Phone, Nokia is already working on the user experience front. Symbian has reached its prime and there is very little juice that Nokia can squeeze out of it. It is also important for such critics to appreciate the fact that Nokia 808 PureView is a successor to a prestigious camera phone, the Nokia N8.
It makes a lot of sense that a top camera phone like the N8 is replaced by an equally marvellous camera phone that will keep the crown for long. The Nokia 808 PureView is surely a worthy successor for the Nokia N8.
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