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The world’s first 41MP camera phone has arrived in Malaysia. Available in black and white (pity red is not available at launch), the Nokia 808 PureView goes on sale in Malaysia with a recommended retail price of RM1,899 outright from Nokia retail stores.
The Nokia believes the 808 PureView represents a revolution in imaging utilizing a never used before 41MP 1/1.2-inch sensor mated to precision Carl Zeiss optics to output 5MP images and full 1080p HD video. This result in enhanced low-light capabilities, improved level of detail and clarity, and distortion free zoom.
While the massive 41MP camera and Carl Zeiss optics is a headlining feature of the Nokia 808, Nokia is also keen to highlight the audio recording capabilities of the device. Nokia says the 808 PureView is the world’s first device to include Rich Recording that enables distortion-free CD quality audio recording levels of up to 140 dB. Nokia says this capability was only previously possible with advanced external microphones. With the Rich Recording feature, audio recording in noisy environments up to 140bB should be distortion free and clear making the 808 PureView the perfect camera phone to take for recording concerts.
Aside from this, the 808 PureView features a 4-inch Gorilla Glass AMOLED ClearBlack display with a rather low resolution of 640×360 producing a pixel density of around 184ppi – the lowest among the current crop of 4-inch displays. Running on Nokia latest Symbian variant, Belle, the 808 PureView is powered by a 1.3Ghz single-core ARM11 processor with 512RAM and 16GB of on board storage. There’s also a microSD card slot that supports cards up to 32GB plus a 1,400mAh battery.
When we got word that the Nokia 808 PureView was coming to Malaysia, we were expecting a retail price of around RM1,600 or lower. RM1,899 is rather steep considering the processing power and operating system that the device is packing. Taking into account what the competition has to offer, you’d have to be really into taking pictures with your mobile phone to want to get the 808 PureView. If only Nokia had priced this lower, the 808 PureView would probably be a pretty decent seller.
We still don’t know these details but Nokia Malaysia have started displaying the device in its stores. This is an indication that the device is expected to be in the market really, really soon. How soon? We’re guessing somewhere in the middle of this month earliest and perhaps no later than the end of June. Any way you look at it, the device will be in stores soon.
What about the price? We estimate the device to be priced around RM1,600 maybe less. This is of course just our guess and we can be completely wrong.
How much would you pay for a phone the probably has the best camera ever in a mobile device but is running an operating system that’s not perceived as current by many? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
Thanks @Steady2Twit for the tip!
We have just received very reliable information that Nokia Malaysia is currently very busy planning the brand’s biggest launch campaign to date this year and it’s happening in May. The launch will introduce three new smartphones to Malaysians, all of which are arguably the most anticipated Nokia devices after the Lumia 800.
At the moment, we have not been able to gather any info on pricing and other launch details but @anotherwx on Twitter says that the Lumia 900 and Lumia 610 will be launching on May 11 with roadshows planned at Sunway Pyramid, the Gardens Mall and Suria KLCC although right now we can’t verify the information provided by @anotherwx.
In any case, we’re pretty sure more information about this will pop up eventually and we’ll be ready to pounce on it so stay tuned.
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Nokia has announced that the Nokia 808 PureView will be hitting store shelves around the world this month. First countries that will be launching the epic camera phone will be Russia and India, and Nokia says it will make announcements on additional launches in other countries soon.
The Nokia 808 PureView is the only smartphone in the world that packs a 41MP sensor — the biggest sensor with the highest megapixel count ever for a smart phone. The phone received the “Best Mobile Device” at Mobile World Congress 2012 as well as the “Best Imaging Innovation for 2012” from the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA).
At this time, there’s no word on when exactly Malaysia will be getting the device.
One thing though, it’s really a pity that such an amazing cameraphone is running an operating system that will eventually be phased out.
What’s the best way to show off the capabilities of a smartphone that comes with a camera unlike anything we’ve seen before? Make a promo video shot entirely out of said phone of course.
That’s exactly what Nokia did with its 41MP-equipped 808 Pureview. The almost 2-minute long reel begins with a caption that says “This film was made using the Nokia 808 PureView” to tell viewers that Nokia means business when it comes to its PureView range phones.
The video highlights all the strengths of the 808 PureView’s epic 41MP camera including the amazing clarity and detail that the device is able to capture as well as the camera’s rapid photo-taking capabilities. While the 808 PureView’s video recording capabilities are nothing to shout about – only 720p seen in this video and grainy, by the looks of it – you can’t ignore the immense details seen in the 808 PureView’s stills. “Mind-blowing” is a word that readily comes to…erm…mind.
The Nokia 808 PureView is expected to hit the UK sometime next month but there’s no word on when the device will hit Malaysian stores. We have a hunch that it will be in June but we don’t have any intel to back this up.
In any case, we’re pretty sure many would be more interested in a PureView device that runs Windows Phone rather than Symbian. Don’t you think?
The Nokia 808 PureView drummed up a considerable amount of interest when it was unveiled at the Mobile World Congress last week. Packing a massive 41MP 1/1.2” image sensor that’s five times larger than standard sensors in smartphones and three times larger than sensors in most compact shooters, the 808 PureView with its novel – for a smartphone – pixel-binding method promises an immensely better picture quality than standard smartphone digital imaging methods.
The 808 PureView created a lot of buzz but many didn’t like Nokia’s decision to mate the device with the ageing Symbian platform (even if it is the latest “Belle” update). With Nokia now in partnership with Microsoft, most of expected the 808 to run Windows Phone instead.
So will we see a Windows Phone PureView device from Nokia?
Looking at Nokia’s commitment to the Windows Phone platform, it’s safe to assume that Nokia will eventually come up with a PureView Windows Phone. However, Jo Harlow, Nokia’s Executive Vice President for Smart Devices, obliterated any room for assumption or speculation when she confirmed that Nokia will indeed make PureView technology available in the its upcoming Windows Phone devices. Harlow didn’t offer much detail but said that a PureView Windows Phone device “will not take very long”.
Looking at Nokia’s trend of re-using designs to speed up development, we can pretty much expect a PureView device running on Windows Phone to look very much like the 808 (that elongated home and power button you see in the picture above can certainly make room for the standard Windows Phone navigation button-array) and we can also expect the device to be available within this year.
With regards to when this PureView Windows Phone will make it to Malaysia, it’s too early to say but we’ve been hearing a lot of talk about Nokia gearing up for something big in June – and this could just be it.
The Nokia 808 PureView has created a lot of buzz with its epic 41MP camera. A worthy successor of the Nokia N8, the Nokia 808 PureView is a mobile photography marvel that boasts a biggest sensor with the highest megapixel count ever for a smart phone.
Figures aside, let’s take a look at some sample photos that were released by Nokia. The result is simply impressive and the earlier suggested theory behind the teaser was right after all. Head after the break and be amazed! Be warned, the original photos are 10-12MB each.
UPDATE: Nokia 808 PureView Sample Photos here.
Nokia has finally revealed its super camera phone with the Nokia 808 PureView which was earlier teased as a Nokia N8 successor. The Nokia 808 PureView comes with a colossal 41MP sensor with Carl Zeiss optics which widens the gap with other rival camera phones.
While having a 41MP censor, it actually takes 38MP photos at 4:3 aspect ratio and 34MP photos at 16:9. On most camera phones, zooming in would normally distort the image by over-scaling. With the Nokia 808 Pureview, zooming in for 5MP-8MP will appear lossless, maintaining its true details. For full HD 1080p videos, you could zoom up to 4X without losing any details.
Just like the N8, it comes with Xenon Flash but in addition, it also comes with assisted LED for videoshooting in the dark. For audio, the 808 PureView has Rich Recording that boasts CD-like quality which is capable of recording stereo sound up to 140-145db. That’s 4X louder than conventional mics which is greatly appreciated in extreme audio conditions such as concerts.
On the smart phone aspect, the Nokia 808 runs on Symbian Belle with a 1.3GHz single core processor, 512MB RAM with 16GB of on board storage that’s expandable with microSD. The front features a 4″ AMOLED display that does 640×360 resolution with Gorilla Glass. With a big bulge for the lens, the 808 PureView is 17.95mm thick and weighs 169 grams. There’s also HDMI, DLNA, NFC & a built-in FM Transmitter.
The Nokia 808 PureView is priced at €450 which is about RM1800, and it is expected to ship in May 2012. It’s a pity that it doesn’t run on Windows Phone and the screen resolution of 640×360 is rather low compared to what its camera could do.
Head after the break for more details & video demos.