It’s fair to say that having once being top dog in the mobile phone world, Nokia have struggled to really make an impact in the western smartphone market. However, the Finnish company are going the right way about challenging the dominance of Samsung, Apple and HTC by manufacturing a range of excellent new phones. One of these new phones...
We earlier announced Amazon UK would launch the Nokia 808 PureView on June 21. But it turns out the US won’t fall behind as yesterday Nokia US chief Chris Weber said the phone will debut at Amazon.com later this week. In short, the Nokia 808 PureView will be released in the US almost simultaneously with other leading markets.
The Nokia 808 PureView is on the lips of all those people who get anything in cameraphones. But the manufacturer seemed not to hurry with its launch date. While this morning Nokia made a statement unveiling the first countries to where the phone will travel. Strange as it can sound, the Nokia 808 PureView will be first released in Russia...
While many manufacturers are busy working on new updates for their Windows Phone and Android handsets, Nokia is preparing its next update for Nokia Belle. The update dubbed as the Belle Feature Pack 1 will be rolled out for three Symbian smartphones, the Nokia 701, 700 and 603.
It’s a much anticipated update for Nokia Belle users as...
Nokia’s cooperation with Microsoft has gone too far. Their agreement assumed only Windows Phone-packed smartphones (and tablets), but it was so only in the eyes of ordinary mortals. Moreover, when Nokia dropped the Symbian moniker from the name of its native operating system, everyone realized the company wouldn’t stop working...
As you know, Nokia is discontinuing the production of Symbian OS based devices. But the manufacturer promised to deliver updates for the current devices and the brand new Nokia 808 PureView. The latest models use Nokia Belle, while we have Carla and Donna still coming. The only exception is 808 PureView. The model uses something called...
The Nokia N8 and its successor, the Nokia 808 PureView both run Nokia Belle OS. But unlike the first one, which was originally launched with Symbian^3 and was only then updated to it, the second comes with this version of Nokia’s native mobile operating system pre-installed. Besides this there are several features affecting the phones’...
The Nokia 808 PureView has been announced as a Nokia Belle-based smartphone. Even I was happy to learn this super cameraphone will run Nokia’s native operating system, because this beast will help the platform become popular. Other than that, people will realize it doesn’t yield other platforms and is simply a victim of a bad promotion. Now it seems my excitement has nothing to do with the reality; Nokia’s Jo Harlow has made a statement, which mixed all the cards.
In an interview with Finnish newspaper Aamulehti Jo Harlow was questioned why the company did not bring the PureView technology to Windows Phone. He said such a project is in works, and to the question when it would be ready, Harlow answered, “I can’t say precisely when, but it will not take very long.“
I guess it’s not that unreal, because Nokia’s future plans are related to Microsoft’s platform, and it would be unreasonable to launch a handset needing long-term support and promotion, while Nokia’s Symbian OS is “classified” as dying platform. However, nothing certain can be said at the moment, because Nokia is perhaps working on a different handset, which will combine Windows Phone and PureView technology, thus all the same, the original 808 PureView will be launched.
Recently the Nokia N8 was thought to be the best cameraphone ever and even when HTC announced the HTC Titan II with a 16MP camera photography art lovers remained devoted to Nokia because of the perfect performance provided by the N8. The company didn’t hurry with the launch of its successor, and only yesterday at MWC 2012 it announced the Nokia 808 PureView with a 41MP camera (!!!!!!!!).
I don’t know where to start at, because there is too much to talk about. Well, let’s take a quick look at the rest of the features as the main topic for today will be the phone’s camera. The Nokia 808 PureView runs Symbian, but as Nokia has dropped this moniker, let’s call it Nokia Belle. It sports a 4-inch AMOLED touchscreen with a resolution of 360×640 pixels, which can’t view the shots in a worthy way, but talking honestly there is no smartphone display able for this deal. Other than that, there is also a 1.3GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, 1GB of ROM, 16GB of internal memory, which can be expanded due to microSD/SDHC card slots, Bluetooth 3.0, micro HDMI, a 1400mAh battery and a 0.3MP frontal camera. Thus we are dealing with a camera, which is also a smartphone.
Now let’s focus on the monster camera lens of the Nokia 808 PureView. As the company explains, it has been working on it for 5 years. Now that the processing power allows your smartphone to process images larger than 20 megapixels, Nokia can implement its long-standing plan. Moreover, the technology used on the Nokia 808 PureView is a new one and in the future we’ll have its improved versions.
The Nokia 808 PureView has a very powerful sensor. Its summary is below:
Focus range: 15cm – Infinity (throughout the zoom range).
Construction:· 5 elements, 1 group. All lens surfaces are aspherical.
One high-index, low-dispersion glass mold lens.
Mechanical shutter with neutral density filter.
Optical format: 1/1.2”.
Total number of pixels: 7728 x 5368.
Pixel Size: 1.4 microns.
But the main advantage of this technology is not hidden only in the sensor. The second outstanding feature is called oversampling. Thanks to it shots will have smaller sizes but will keep three main pros: great image quality, lossless zoom and excellent low light performance.
Look actually when taking pictures with 38MP cameras their sizes are about 10MB, but as the Nokia 808 PureView is a smartphone the memory storage of which can’t be too big the company had a problem of not bringing the largest picture but the best quality. As a result, you can get the quality of the full sensor even taking snaps at default shooting mode (5MP).
The next advantage is the lossless zoom, which allows to zoom without losing quality:
3x is the default zoom mode
4x lossless zoom at 1080p
6x at 720p
12x when recording videos at nHD (640×360)
Finally the Nokia 808 PureView is the combination of a large sensor allowing long focal length and large f/2.4 aperture. And as aperture is kept at a maximum when you zoom in, you get faster shutter speeds and reduced noise.
Nokia Belle has become officially available for a list of smartphones for a week, but there was one handset similar a “white crow” — the Nokia 500. Now Nokia corrects its mistakes and this smartphone can download the Nokia Belle update like others.
So if you want to update your handset, connect it to Nokia Suite via USB and check the availability of Nokia Belle. If it is absent, do not get upset because Nokia has also announced the update is being pushed out in phases, gradually for different carriers and countries.
As for the Nokia 500, it’s one of the most affordable handsets, that’s why it is very popular in the countries where the company managed to launch. Initially the Nokia 500 was powered with Symbian Anna, which was the OS to change user attitude towards Nokia’s native operating system. However, Belle is welcomed by all Nokia users and it gives another look to the handsets — the Nokia 500 is not an exception.