Nokia 808 PureView

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 08 July, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 08 July, 2012, 12:00am


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If you read the description of the new Nokia 808 PureView without knowing what it was for, you'd be forgiven for assuming it was the latest digital camera. Offering a whopping 41-megapixels in image quality from a 1/1.2' CMOS sensor, a Carl Zeiss lens with a maximum aperture of f2.4, and a built-in Xenon flash, the PureView's stats stands easily up to most compact camera models on the market today.

Obviously, it's still a phone, so things like an optical zoom, or other specialised features like water-resistance are not included. On the other hand, you do get most of the software features cameras come with, such as red-eye reduction, continued auto focus, geo-tagging, face detection, as well as HD video recording.

Being a phone also has its advantages since you can share photos and videos instantly with your friends via Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Renren. The PureView also comes with a new technology called NFC (near field communications), which lets you share content with other NFC-enabled models simply by touching them together.

The PureView is powered by a 1.3MHz processor from ARM, an Amoled touchscreen with Gorilla Glass at 360x640 pixels, 16GB of memory (expandable with microSD card), and runs the Nokia Belle OS, an alternative to iOS and Android that still offers plenty of applications, including Instagram.

The Nokia 808 PureView is priced at HK$5,498. It's a bit chunky compared to other phones of its ilk, but given the quality of the camera, it means you can leave your DSLR at home most of the time.

Pros: 41-megapixel camera, Carl Zeiss optics, fast processor, long battery life

Cons: Doesn't run Android or iTunes apps