Nokia Philippines is hosting a one-on-one preview of the Nokia 808 PureView this week as a form of a soft launch to their 41-megapixel cameraphone (this ninja release is in lieu of the usual, formal media launch). Check out our first impressions, sample photos and videos after the break.
The Nokia 808 actually came out in select Nokia Stores earlier this week but is limited in stock so you might not be able to see and get one immediately. The suggested retail price is pegged at Php26,550 and it is available in white, black and red colors.
The handset itself is typical Nokia Symbian touchscreen phone, reminiscent of the 5800 XpressMusic. It’s obviously very thick because of that large camera sensor at the back and it’s got a bit of heft to it.
Here’s a really short clip showing the body and exterior of the cameraphone.
I wasn’t too familiar with Symbian anymore but with the limited time I had on the Nokia 808, Nokia Belle was actually polished, smooth and responsive. I had the impression that the display was small despite it being actually 4 inches already (I guess the low screen resolution had to do with it).
Nokia isn’t big with hardware specs so the 808 PureView wold look like your typical mid-range smartphone if you have to put it under the Android line-up.
Nokia 808 Pureview specs:
4.0â€³ display @ 360Ã—640 pixels
1.3GHz single-core processor
16GB internal storage
up to 32GB via microSD
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
41MP Carl-Zeiss rear camera w/ Xenon flash
1080p video recording
GPS w/ aGPS support
Nokia Symbian Belle
What it definitely boasts is the 41-megapixel sensor, almost 4 times the size of any other high-end smartphones in the market. That’s the reason why a lot of folks refer to this as a cameraphone rather than a smartphone with a big-ass camera.
If you want the particulars about the camera itself, here’s what we got so far from the specs sheet.
â€¢ Carl Zeiss Optics
â€¢ Focal length: 8.02mm
â€¢ 35mm equivalent focal length: 26mm, 16:9 | 28mm, 4:3
â€¢ F-number: f/2.4
â€¢ Focus range: 15cm â€“ Infinity (throughout the zoom range)
Â· 5 elements, 1 group.All lens surfaces are aspherical
Â· One high-index, low-dispersion glass mould lens
Â· Mechanical shutter with neutral density filter
â€¢ Optical format: 1/1.2â€
â€¢ Total number of pixels: 7728 x 5368
â€¢ Pixel Size: 1.4 microns
For those who are familiar with photography, note that the maximum aperture opening while other smartphones like the Galaxy S3 has f/2.6 and the One X has f/2.0. We’ll get more into that in a separate article.
We only took a few sample photos as we had limited time and the room at the Nokia office had little scenic spots and subject to take photos of.
In any case, we were still impressed with the optics of the phone. Here are sample photos.
Notice the first image in the gallery is a cropped version of a bigger image at 100% so you can see the zoomed image at 1:1 ratio.
Tick on the 1080p quality and play it on a larger display to better appreciate.
What we’re more impressed is the 1080p video. We tried to connect this and output the video to a 32-inch HDTV and the video quality is still very fine and crisp.
There was a limited number of Nokia 808 and only about 4 units are available for the media (as such, there was no review unit to speak of, just a limited 1-hour hands-on preview). We’ll try to secure our own units and do a full review.