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.
Nokia has announced its global roll out of the latest Symbian Belle update for Nokia X7, N8, C6-01, C7, E7, E6 and Nokia Oro. For Nokia 500 users, the update will be available much later in couple of weeks time. This is the 2nd Symbian^3 upgrade right after Anna rolled out about 6 months ago.
Symbian Belle aims to offer refreshed new experience on the same Symbian device. So what’s new? Belle now offers 6 customisable home screens, a new notifications bar with power toggle switches and an enhanced new Nokia Maps.
To upgrade to Belle, you would need to connect your Nokia device to the PC via Nokia Suite which is downloadable here. In terms of availability, Malaysian users should be able to update right now as indicated on their Belle availability page.
Head after the break for the step by step video.
The Nokia 600 is Nokia’s loudest smartphone ever with a dedicated speaker that’s rated at 106 Phons. The music oriented device features a curved back design and a 100g overall weight. The 3.2-inch nHD screen on the 600 pushes out 640×360 pixel resolution and comes with 2GB internal storage. The 600 also comes with a 5MP camera rear camera that shoots 720p HD videos. The Nokia 600 retails for RM740 outright.
The Nokia 700 is Nokia’s smallest smartphone. Weighing in at a smidgen under 100g, the 600 is 110mm long, 50.7mm wide and 9.7mm thick. Despite its diminutive dimensions, the Nokia 700 features a 3.2-inch Clear Black AMOLED display with Gorilla glass. In addition, you get 2GB of on board storage and a 5MP camera at the back which supports 720p HD videos. The Nokia 700 is also Nokia’s greenest phone with all the materials used in the device being 100% recyclable. The Nokia 700 retails for RM1,025.
Look out for our first impressions soon.
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We have a date with the Symbian Belle trio tonight. So if you have questions about Nokia’s loudest, brightest and smallest, ask away in the comments section. We’ll try to answer them after our hands on experience with the three devices.
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First announced in August 24, Nokia’s brightest phone, the Nokia 701 is now here in Malaysia.
The C7 lookalike Nokia 701 boasts the distinction of having the brightest screen of any smartphone with a display capable of pushing out 1000nits, 300nits brighter than the former display brightness king, the LG Optimus Black at 700nits while the Retina Display on the iPhone 4 pushes a luminance of just 500nits.
The 701 features a 3.5-inch IPS LCD ClearBlack Display (640×360 pixel) which is also toughen by Gorilla Glass. Powering the Symbian Belle device is a 1Ghz processor with 512MB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. Imaging is comes in the form of an 8MP rear camera with dual-LED flash capable of shooting 720p HD video and a VGA front-facing unit.
The Nokia retails for RM1,130 outright and is available now.
Nokia has announced a trio of new devices – Nokia 600, 700 and the 701 which claims to be the loudest, smallest and brightest phones from the Finnish maker ever. All 3 are powered with a 1GHz processor, comes with NFC and runs on Nokia’s latest Symbian Belle, which is a new Symbian^3 update after Anna.
Starting with the Nokia 600, it claims to be Nokia’s loudest smart phones ever with its speaker rated at 106 Phons. The 600 has a 3.2″ nHD screen that supports 640×360 resolution, 2GB internal storage and has a 5MP camera at the back, capable of shooting 720p HD videos. In terms of design, it comes with a curved back design and overall it weighs 100g.
Next is the Nokia 700 which Nokia claims to be their smallest smart phone ever. It weighs 97g and has dimensions of 110mm long, 50.7mm width and with a thickness of 9.7mm. Despite its smaller size, it comes with 3.2″ Clear Black AMOLED display with toughen Gorilla glass. Internally there’s 2GB of storage and has a 5MP camera at the back which also can do 720p HD videos. The Nokia 700 is said to be Nokia’s greenest phone as it uses lots of recycled materials which in return is also 100% recyclable.
Last but not least is the Nokia 701. It certainly looks like a Nokia C7 but boasts being the brightest screen ever for a smart phone. Earlier on, the LG Optimus Black was crowned the brightest screen at 700nits. At the present time, Nokia has yet to release any numbers to measure its brightness. If it claims to be the brightest, it has to be at least 701 nits, which coincidentally is the number for the model. Unlike the C7 which uses AMOLED, the 701 is using IPS LCD Clearback display which is also toughen by Gorilla Glass. Inside there’s 8GB of internal storage and at the back has a 8MP camera with dual LED flash.
Check out the videos and photo gallery after the break.