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.