At the Mobile World Congress (MWC) recently, Nokia had launched the Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 as well as the nostalgic Nokia 3310. But there are new rumours that the Finnish company could likely release a flagship smartphone with Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset as early as June.
The Nokia Lumia 1020 is an epic camera phone with a large 41MP sensor and an array for manual settings to tinker about. However is it good enough to replace a proper DSLR? Nokia would like to think so in their latest video.
In the hands of a professional, the Lumia 1020 is proven to be a capable tool even for wedding shoot. Arguably a smart phone can never truly replace a DSLR camera but we can’t deny that its quality is the best we’ve seen from a smart phone.
For most casual users, a DSLR could be cumbersome to carry around and the Lumia 1020 is seen as a portable substitute without the unnecessary bulk. It performs well in low light conditions and flash photography is excellent with its Xenon flash. If you’re not convinced, check out our camera comparison test here and here.
Watch the video after the break.
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.
There’s a lot of speculation in the air as to what Nokia will unveil at MWC. The teaser video they released yesterday suggests a device with a really high definition camera is on the cards but what exactly is the Nokia trying to tell us?
Greek tech blog Pestaola see the video in a different perspective and postulates that the video is actually a highly detailed picture, possibly one taken using this mysterious Nokia device. So essentially the video we saw were panning shots of a really impressive still image. It’s an interesting spin and it is definitely one that we can agree with. Just look at the screen grabs for yourself, the case is very compelling
So what can we expect from Nokia? Well, possible the best camera on a smartphone to date, also possibly one that can produce pictures with quality comparable to that of a DSLR. Ok, maybe the latter is wishful thinking but even so, if the teaser video is what the Greek blogger says it is, Nokia can just shut up and take our money – unless of course the device runs Symbian, which we hope it won’t.