The new Nokia 808 PureView is set to bring about a revolution in camera and smartphone technology. The first phone to feature Nokia’s brand spanking new PureView camera technology, the Nokia 808 PureView is quite simply a ground-breaking piece of kit.
The Nokia 808 PureView is the most powerful cameraphone ever. Where most smartphones consider 8 megapixels plenty, the Nokia 808 PureView sports a gargantuan 41 megapixel camera which is capable of taking pictures with unbelievable detail and realism. 41 megapixels is unprecedented in a camera – as reviews giant CNET proclaims, “Even ‘proper’ cameras don’t have 41 megapixels, except the one that even the pros wish they could afford”. That gives the Nokia 808 PureView some real wallop in photography terms as well as blowing other smartphones out of the water. Cleverly, the Nokia 808 PureView takes these 41-megapixel pictures without blowing them up to the size of a house – your Nokia 808 PureView photos are a normal, usable size and, naturally, the Nokia 808 PureView has the capacity to share your photos and their incredible quality directly to social media websites like Facebook and Flickr. Or tap your Nokia 808 PureView to another NFC-enabled phone to share them instantly.
The Nokia 808 PureView’s 41-megapixel camera works on a surprisingly simple theory. Most smartphones have a sensor smaller than a pinkie fingernail, whilst the Nokia 808 PureView’s sensor is more the size of a postage stamp. The Nokia 808 PureView uses a technique called oversampling to combine up to seven pixels into one “pure” pixel. This enables you to zoom in by up to three times on any picture taken on the Nokia 808 PureView without losing any detail on your photo – and there are no artificially created pixels in your Nokia 808 PureView snap. Oversampling allows the Nokia 808 PureView to capture five times more light than a typical optical zoom camera used at full zoom, so the Nokia 808 PureView’s low-light performance is much better than that of any previous cameraphone. To further facilitate night-time snapping, the Nokia 808 PureView has a quality Carl Zeiss lens, a Xenon flash and LED video light.
Incredible photos aren’t the only trick the Nokia 808 PureView’s 41-megapixel camera has up its sleeve – it’s also breaking new ground in the field of smartphone video recording. The Nokia 808 PureView camera allows 1080p video recording at 30 frames per second – its powerful image processor handles over 1 billion pixels every second. And the Nokia 808 PureView is the first video recording device ever to be able to record distortion-free sound at audio levels outside the capability of human hearing, allowing sound to be captured in incredible quality. You can even hook up your Nokia 808 PureView to an HD TV via wireless streaming or HDMI, and really show off the mind-blowing detail in your Nokia 808 PureView photography and video. And to contain all the pictures and video you’ll be taking, there’s 16GB of internal user memory, which can be upped to 48GB with a MicroSD card.
With the Nokia 808 PureView’s astonishing camera capabilities, it’s easy to forget that the Nokia 808 PureView is not just a cameraphone, it’s a fantastic smartphone too! With the Nokia 808 PureView looking like a cross between a smartphone, with its classic hard plastic casing, and a camera, Nokia have packed an awful lot into the Nokia 808 PureView’s pocketable 169 grammes. Available in black, white or red, the Nokia 808 PureView has nifty dimensions – 123.9 x 60.2 x 13.9 mm – and even with all that camera on the back, Nokia have done a fab job of keeping the Nokia 808 PureView’s camera bump to a minimum. The Nokia 808 PureView rocks a responsive four-inch ClearBlack AMOLED capacitative touchscreen display with 360 x 640 pixels, capable of displaying 16.7 million colours and nestling below a sheet of the the super-hardy scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass.
The Nokia 808 PureView runs on Nokia’s Belle operating system with Feature Pack 1 enhancements, which gives it a simple-to-use interface with rounded square icons which allow you easily to customise your Nokia 808 PureView – choose up to six customisable home screens and customisable profiles, adding widgets at will. The Nokia 808 PureView’s PIM (Personal Management System) will help you keep track of your contacts, calendars, to-do lists and notes. There’s a new browser for the Nokia 808 PureView, the latest Nokia maps and an improved notifications bar. Use the Nokia 808 PureView’s Social client from the home screen to update Facebook and Twitter with your latest news, and use the Nokia 808 PureView’s RSS reader to keep up-to-date with your favourite blogs. With all the fun you can have on your new Nokia 808 PureView you’ll be glad of its outstanding battery life – 6.5 hours of talk time, and up to 540 hours standby power.
The Nokia 808 PureView isn’t just a smartphone, it’s an amazing camera – ideal for the budding photographers among you. The Nokia 808 PureView has no official UK release date as yet, but fingers are crossed for May.