Nokia 808 PureView RM-807

Monday, 5 March 2012 0 comments
Alright, so here it is, probably the last (or one of the very last) Symbian smartphones ever – the Nokia 808 PureView. And boy is this an epic way for Symbian to exit the industry!

What do we mean here? Well, first of all, the Nokia 808 PureView comes to succeed the N8 – the smartphone that kind of set the new benchmark for camera phones when it came out. Well, interestingly, the still largest handset manufacturer by volume seems to be aiming even higher this time by introducing a handset with a camera which has not 12, not 16... but an enormous 41 megapixels! Sounds pretty wicked, we know.
First of all, we should note that the handset looks like a typical Nokia, which isn't a bad thing, of course. It has a large 4" screen on the front, however, it still has Symbian's usual nHD resolution, which is 360x640 pixels. The display uses the AMOLED technology, and overall it looks cool, despite the relatively low resolution. Touch sensitivity is also pretty good.
Do not expect wonders from this device on the build quality front. Is's actually quite light, and doesn't feel as premium as the N8. Still, it's not bad either.
Nokia 808 PureView does't feel as premium as the N8

As we said, this is one of the last Symbian smartphones, and the exact version running on it is Belle. To tell you the truth, we feel that Nokia has made some pretty good advancements in the way of the UI with these latest Symbian iterations, so it's kind of sad to know that its lifetime is coming to an end. Overall, the software runs great, it's very fluid, although we can't really say that it's as streamlined as it should be yet.

Since this is mainly a camera-centric handset, Nokia has put some effort into improving the camera application. Indeed, we were fascinated to find how simple to use it was. All of the options are easily accessible on the left side of the screen, without unnecessary taking too much space.

The Camera app is very simple to use

The Nokia 808 PureView's 41MP camera can actually shoot still at a maximum of 38MP resolution. Theaperture is set at f/2.4, while a Xenon flash is there to assist you while shooting in low-light conditions. In addition, there's an LED light to help the handset focus better. Probably the coolest thing about this high-resolution sensor, is that when you shoot in a standard 8MP or 5MP mode, you can actually zoom in without loosing much quality. And for those worrying about the size of these giant pics- the guys from Nokia said that the 808 PureView is doing a lot to compress the pics so a giant 38MP image, for example, shouldn't take more than 12MB, which does sound like a lot of compression. Here's for hoping this won't be at the expense of the quality.

As far as video recording is concerned, you can shoot with a maximum of 1080p resolution, 30fps. Again, thanks to the giant sensor, this new Nokia allows you to zoom in up to 4 times without loosing quality. Sounds great to us!

Obviously, we have a new king on the camera phone scene on its way. When is it going to arrive? The Nokia 808 PureView should become available in May for about $600 (EUR 450), before carrier subsidies.
GENERAL2G NetworkGSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G NetworkHSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100
Announced2012, February
StatusComing soon. Exp. release 2012, May
BODYDimensions123.9 x 60.2 x 13.9 mm, 95.5 cc
Weight169 g
DISPLAYTypeAMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size360 x 640 pixels, 4.0 inches (~184 ppi pixel density)
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass
- Nokia ClearBlack display
SOUNDAlert typesVibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
3.5mm jackYes
MEMORYCard slotmicroSD, up to 32 GB
Internal16 GB storage, 1 GB ROM, 512 MB RAM
EDGEClass 33
SpeedHSDPA 14.4 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps
WLANWi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, UPnP technology
BluetoothYes, v3.0 with A2DP
USBYes, microUSB v2.0, USB On-the-go support
CAMERAPrimary41 MP (38 MP effective, 7152 x 5368 pixels), Carl Zeiss optics, autofocus, Xenon flash
Features1/1.2'' sensor size, ND filter, up to 3x loseless digital zoom, geo-tagging, face detection
VideoYes, 1080p@30fps, loseless digital zoom, LED light
SecondaryYes, VGA; VGA@30fps video recording
CPU1.3 GHz ARM 11
SensorsAccelerometer, proximity, compass
MessagingSMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
BrowserHTML5, Adobe Flash Lite
RadioStereo FM radio with RDS; FM transmitter
GPSYes, with A-GPS support
JavaYes, MIDP 2.1
ColorsBlack, White, Red
- SNS integration
- Active noise cancellation with a dedicated mic
- HDMI port
- MP3/WMA/WAV/eAAC+ player
- MP4/H.264/H.263/WMV player
- Voice command/dial
- Document viewer
- Video/photo editor
- Predictive text input
BATTERYStandard battery, Li-Ion 1400 mAh (BV-4D)
Stand-byUp to 465 h (2G) / Up to 540 h (3G)
Talk timeUp to 11 h (2G) / Up to 6 h 50 min (3G)


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