Nokia 808 PureView has become a reality and this supposed successor to Nokia N8 isn’t just available as an imaginary flagship phone. This one is a true successor to the Nokia N8 and it's now called the 808 PureView. Nokia 808 PureView is expected to launch worldwide soon and has already planned to reach Europe in the next quarter at a price tag of about 450 Euros.
Nokia 808 PureView is an acceptable successor to Nokia N8 and surprisingly accommodates a 41 megapixels camera with the ability to do 1080p video recording. The headline feature is obviously the camera and although you can't access all those megapixels, you can take 34 megapixels photos that you can zoom in to dizzying levels. There are a decent range of camera settings one can play with things like ISO levels up to 1600 making it a very much a replacement for a normal compact camera. The phone is running Symbian Belle and is the latest top-end camera phone.
Overall, the Nokia 808 PureView is pretty much the phone Nokia wanted to make, a standard Symbian phone that certainly is a beast when it comes to picture taking.[ + ] Read Nokia 808 PureView Review
The camera of Nokia 808 PureView is definitely its craziest feature. However, the other key features as the display, user interface and the operating system are a little lowly. Henceforth, the Nokia 808 PureView runs the Symbian Belle operating platform. It has an engine rated at 1.3 GHz and is a single-core chip only. The display size is 4-inches (corner to corner) but its resolution is a Nokia-style 360 x 640 (nHD).
The lovely ClearBlack display with low-resolution is, however, sufficient for Symbian Belle and its allied apps. An extended rocker below the screen provides access to the home screen, dialer and on/off switch. These physical buttons along with additional navigation options are situated directly above the touchscreen. The interface is finger friendly and responds quite quickly to swipes under the finger on the home screens.
The all-plastic build of the phone isn't that impressive and the plastic hard keys on the front are a little cheap. However, the entire rear of the phone is encased in matte plastic that's quite a contrast to the glossy materials on the front. On the whole, the build quality seems quite good, Nokia 808 PureView's materials don't convey a premiere device. Yet, it’s unlikely that potential buyers will not like it immediately or entirely put it off.
There is a stereo FM radio and a stereo music player in Nokia 808 PureView with support for audio codecs viz. MP3, M4A, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA.
There are two distinct camera modes on offer in Nokia 808 PureView. There is the 'full resolution' camera setting that let users shoot at 34 megapixels in 16:9 and 4:3 ratios. There also is a Pureview mode which limits users to shoot at 8 megapixels shots only. However, on this mode one can assimilate a lot more information in each and every clicked picture. Users can easily blow up and enhance their snapped shots easily on this mode.
The real USP of the Nokia Nokia 808 PureView is its pretty darn good camera. The handset dons an incredible camera rated at 41 megapixels. It is practically impossible to access all those megapixels; the fact is that still it is possible to take 34 megapixels photos and to zoom in to them till dizzying levels.
The picture quality is fantastic, zooming shows decent level of detail with very little background noise or pixellation.
There's 512MB of RAM and 16GB of on-board memory storage that is expandable via microSD card.
The phone comes with a BV 4D high-voltage Li-Ion battery, working at 1400mAH, which is capable of delivering maximum talk-time of 11 hours on GSM and 6.5 hours of WCDMA. The stand-by time stands at 465 hours on GSM and 540 hours of WCDMA.
Nokia 808 PureView offers support for MS Outlook synchronisation of contacts, calendar and notes. There is access to web via GPRS/EDGE class B, multi-slot class 33 and HSDPA Cat10 (with allowed maximum speed up to 14.4 Mbps, HSUPA Cat 6 5.76 Mbps). There is WLAN IEEE802.11 b/g/n with UPnP supportand TCP/IP support.
Nokia 808 PureView also serves as data modem. The phone also features a headphone jack, micro-USB and micro-HDMI ports and the volume rocker, screen lock slider and dedicated camera button.
There is easy-to-use HTML support for e-mail and the embedded e-mail client comes with attachment support for images, videos, music and documents .doc/ .docx, .xls/ .xlsx, .ppt/ .pptx, .pdf, .zip. One can put an e-mail web widget on the home screen and get unified push email client supported in multiple formats over this. Similarly, there is a unified MMS/SMS editor and conversational view for SMS and email available on the device.
A penta band modem enhances the chances of getting a signal while globe-trotting, while data speeds will top out at plain HSPA 14.4 mbps.
Nokia 808 PureView has a nice touch interface to play games and its dedicated graphics processor with OpenGL 2.0 software enables 3D graphics also. There are preloaded native and Java-based games and one can use the accelerometer to play all these games. One can also use the NFC technology to play multiplayer games and more games can be downloaded at Nokia Store.
The 41 megapixel Carl Zeiss-lens camera of Nokia 808 PureView handles continuous focus 1080p and also claims to have an incredible sensor resolution of over 41 megapixels when shooting stills or 34-megapixels for 16:9 images. It uses interpolation that condenses 4 or 5 pixels into one to produce a smaller file size for the resultant image. This feature makes this smartphone the most excellent camera phone ever.
There is one more USP of Nokia 808 PureView, though it isn’t a very significant one. This phone is the last top end Symbian device to hit the market. The Symbian technology used by Nokia devices from long time is at its extinction period and will no further develop because now they moved on to making Windows Phone. If one is able to move beyond this, Nokia 808 PureView comes out as an adorable handset for which the fondness is learned over time.
Nokia 808 PureView's primary selling point is that it is a phone for camera enthusiasts. As is the case with most function-based devices, the superb optical goodness of Nokia 808 comes with a few sacrifices.
First issue that puzzles us is the Nokia's choice of Symbian as the operating platform for this phone. Symbian Belle is a fine operating system, but does not justify the Nokia’s 'all-in' approach to Windows Phone.
Second is the weight and size of the Nokia 808 PureView. This is a chunky device which has a bulbous camera sensor on the back. Many other smartphones boast of good cameras but Nokia 808 PureView has a size of a point-and-shoot camera than that of a smartphone.
Nokia 808 PureView General
|Global Status||Available. Released 2012, June|
Nokia 808 PureView Standard Battery Features
|Battery||Standard battery, Li-Ion 1400 mAh (BV-4D)|
Nokia 808 PureView Camera Features
Nokia 808 PureView Sound Settings
|Ringtones||Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones|
Nokia 808 PureView Connectivity Options
|2GNetworkBands||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900|
|3GNetworkBands||HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100|
|3G Network||3G, HSDPA 14.4 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps|
Nokia 808 PureView Additional Features
|Quick Office Document Viewer||1|
|JAVA Type||Yes, MIDP 2.1|