Thursday, 17 May 2012

Nokia Pure View 808: The 41 MP Camera Phone in Review

In the month of February, at MCW 2012, the Finnish handset maker Nokia announced a handset, which boasted of a pulchritudinous 41MP camera, the never heard before feature in the mobile world; the name was Nokia Pure View 808. An aura of mystery circled it immediately and a huge amount of hue and cry was built to catch the eyes of the tech lover. In this article, we will try to demystify the mystery and find out is the phone, in reality, as powerful as it looks from the outset. Let’s get started.

Before going to the camera feature of the handset we will first discuss the other tech specs of the Nokia 808. It has got a 1.3GHz single core processor, which is seconded by a 512 MB RAM. At least in this section there is nothing seems to be coming straight from the heaven. Let’s go towards the storage capacity of the handset, the Nokia 808 has a 16 GB internal storage capacity, which can be furthered till 48 GB via a 32GB  microSd card. There is no doubt the capacity is huge but it, by no means, is humongous or iPhonish.
Display of the handset happens to be a 4 inch AMOLED capacitive touch screen, which has a pixel resolution of 360x640.For those who have seen (or even heard) about the handsets like the Samsung Nexus or the coming iPhone 5 or even the existing 4S, this will go as a run of the mill display spec.

Although the official site of Nokia does not reflect the battery spec of the phone but according to some very concrete sources the battery will be a 1400mAh Li-Ion one. What one can say, a simpleton handset like the Galaxy Y sports 1200 mAh battery.
The handset comes with Symbian Belle OS. Other features of the handset are: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, UPnP, Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP, USB 2.0, GPS, JAVA, HTML5 browser, HDMI port, Accelerometer, proximity sensor, compass. Good.
Now, let’s talk about the feature, 41MP camera. First and the foremost thing is that we should not expect the handset to produce pics that a 41 MP resolution should be producing. There is valid reason for that. The handset uses a 41 MP sensor, which captures image data from seven adjacent pixels and condenses it into one, resulting in stills at around 5 MP resolution with amazing detail and low noise levels. The optics are Carl Zeiss and there's Xenon flash and a LED one acting as a video light.
Technically speaking the handset will be clicking 3MP, 5MP, 8MP, and 38MP pics at 4:3 aspect ratio and 2MP, 5MP, 8MP, and 34 MP at 16:9. But will the handset be able to deliver something more than HTC Titan II or the upcoming iPhone, only time will tell. The video will be recorded at 1020p@30fps.
Looking at the track record of the Big Nokia handsets of the recent past, I have serious doubts about the market faring of this handset called Nokia Pure View 808. 
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