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Nokia 808 PureView THE 41MP Camera Phone Launched at MWC’12

Nokia PureView 808

Last year Nokia didn’t launch a single phone at the MWC and the year before that they had launched the N8 the 12MP Symbian^3 camera phone which did raise few eyebrows but the outdated hardware and laggy user interface killed it.

Nokia 808 Pure View has a 41MP camera sensor which captures image data from seven adjacent pixels and condenses it into one, resulting in stills at around 5 MP resolution with amazing detail and low noise levels. The optics are Carl Zeiss and there’s Xenon flash and a LED one acting as a video light. Technically, the sensor is able to capture 3 MP, 5 MP, 8 MP, 38 MP at 4:3 aspect ratio and 2 MP, 5 MP [Default], 8 MP, 34 MP at 16:9.

With the Nokia 808 PureView, zoom is handled completely differently — like nothing that has been done before. We’ve taken the radical decision not to use any upscaling whatsoever. There isn’t even a setting for it.

When you zoom with the Nokia 808 PureView, in effect you are just selecting the relevant area of the sensor. So with no zoom, the full area of the sensor corresponding to the aspect ratio is used. The limit of the zoom (regardless of the resolution setting for stills or video) is reached when the selected output
resolution becomes the same as the input resolution.

For example, with the default setting of 5MP (3072 x 1728), once the area of the sensor reaches 3072 x 1728, you’ve hit the zoom limit. This means the zoom is always true to the image you want.

The level of pixel oversampling is highest when you’re not using the zoom. It gradually decreases until you hit maximum zoom, where there is no oversampling.


Other hardware specifications include a 1.3GHz processor and 512 MB of RAM, the display is a 16:9 4″ AMOLED unit of nHD (640 x 360) resolution covered with curved Gorilla Glass. There’s NFC, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, USB on the go and 16 GB of onboard storage.

I am not sure what is it with Nokia that they chose to put in the Symbian (belle) operating system in the phone instead of putting their new and very successful WP7 (Windows Phone 7) operating system in the phone. The Symbian is theoretically a die OS, it’s not Open the app and developer support is declining and hence instead of going in for a complete smartphone experience with the 808, I guess they either decided to make it a feature phone or create some demand for the Symbain brand by wooing the Camera PHONE fans.

It is expected to hit the stores by May of 2012, andwe will be watching to see if it’s priced among the High end Quad Cores or the New mid range Dual Cores or the Lower end Single Core devices.

Press Release

Nokia 808 PureView ushers in a revolution in smartphone imaging

Nokia sets a new industry standard with the first in a range of high end experiences based on exclusive Nokia PureView imaging technologies.

Barcelona, Spain – Nokia today ushered in a new era in high-end smartphone imaging with the Nokia 808 PureView. This is the first smartphone to feature Nokia PureView imaging technologies, bringing together high resolution sensors, exclusive Carl Zeiss optics and Nokia developed algorithms, which will support new high-end imaging experiences for future Nokia products.

The Nokia 808 PureView features a large, high-resolution 41 megapixel sensor with high-performance Carl Zeiss optics and new pixel oversampling technology. At standard resolutions (2/3, 5 and 8 megapixels) this means the ability to zoom without loss of clarity and capture seven pixels of information, condensing into one pixel for the sharpest images imaginable. At high-resolution (38 megapixel maximum) it means the ability to capture an image, then zoom, reframe, crop and resize afterwards to expose previously unseen levels of details. With superior low-light performance and the ability to save in compact file sizes for sharing in email, MMS, and on social networks, the Nokia 808 PureView makes it possible for anyone to capture professional looking images in any conditions.

In addition to superior still imaging technology, the Nokia 808 PureView, also includes full HD 1080p video recording and playback with 4X lossless zoom and the world’s first use of Nokia Rich Recording. Rich Recording enables audio recording at CD-like levels of quality, previously only possible with external microphones. The Nokia 808 PureView also features exclusive Dolby Headphone technology, transforming stereo content into a personal surround sound experience over any headphones and Dolby Digital Plus for 5.1 channel surround sound playback.

“Nokia PureView imaging technology sets a new industry standard by whatever measure you use,” said Jo Harlow, executive vice president of Nokia Smart Devices. “People will inevitably focus on the 41 megapixel sensor, but the real quantum leap is how the pixels are used to deliver breath-taking image quality at any resolution and the freedom it provides to choose the story you want to tell.”