How good is the PureView 808, Nokia’s 41MP camera phone?
If there’s ever been a nit to pick with most smartphones, it was usually related with the phone’s camera.
In this area, Nokia (regardless of its dwindling market share) has been far ahead of the competition, with the 12MP Carl Zeiss-lensed camera on the Nokia N8 blowing the competition out of the water. Now, the Finnish company managed to raise the bar even higher with the introduction of the Nokia PureView 808 phone, that features an unheard-of 41MP camera!
About the Nokia Pureview 808
The Nokia PureView 808 was introduced at the recently concluded Mobile World Congress 2012 in Barcelona. Before moving on to the device’s most distinctive feature – the camera – let’s take a few minutes to talk about the phone itself.
The PureView 808 is primarily aimed at camera enthusiasts, so, as with any niche phone, Nokia had to do a few compromises in other departments. First and foremost, considering Nokia’s intense promotional campaign for Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7.5, it’s a little surprising to find that the PureView 808 runs Symbian Belle OS. This is even more confusing when you consider that Nokia announced that Symbian will be “sunset” in the US market in 2012. (Even though there’s been no official announcement, is this a sign that the PureView 808 will not reach US shores?) Secondly, the phone is of a decidedly chunky design, which is further emphasized by the large camera pod on the back. The phone looks and feels more like a regular digital camera than most of the smartphones found on the market today.
Nokia PureView 808 specs include:
- 4-inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, with ClearBlack technology
- 640×360 resolution (184 ppi)
- 1.3 Ghz ARM 11 processor
- 512 MB RAM
- 16GB in built memory, expandable with microSD
- HDMI out port, mini USB port
- 1400 mAH battery
- WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
- Bluetooth 3.0
- NFC enabled