Back in February, at MWC 2012, when Nokia officially announced the PureView 808 smartphone, I literally let out a “what the F?” when the handset’s 41MP Carl Zeiss camera was presented. For a second there, I thought 41MP was just a typo. But of course it was not.
PureView is Nokia’s latest imaging technology – “the result of many years of research and development”. It provides 3X lossless zoom for still images, and 4X lossless zoom for 1080p video, using pixel oversampling and combining lots of pixels to create a single perfect one – hence high-quality images should result. You can read more about it here.
While the 808 will only be released starting May, the handset has been previewed in China recently by IT168. The Chinese website doesn’t tell us anything we didn’t already know (like the fact that the 640 x 380 resolution is rather low for a 4 inch display), but they do provide lots of sample photos taken with the PureView.
The photos are really impressive. Even at high resolutions the quality and image detail is stunning. You can check out all the sample photos here (there’s an expand button in the upper right corner of each image to see it larger). The website notes that, because the photos at maximum resolution have in average more than 14MB, they had to scale them down. Anyway, the reviewer’s conclusion is that the 808’s camera is “absolutely worthy of recognition.” Most probably, this is the best camera a smartphone has ever had.
Of course, what many may not like about the PureView 808 is that it runs
Symbian Nokia Belle, an OS which will not be around anymore in a few years. But the good news is that Nokia said it plans to bring its PureView technology to Windows Phone. It remains to be seen exactly when this will happen.
As mentioned above, the Nokia 808 PureView should be launched starting May (likely only in Europe and Asia). Its suggested retail price, before taxes and subsidies, is of €450 (about $600). I don’t think the 41MP camera is enough to make the Nokia 808 PureView a hot seller, but… we’ll see, right?
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