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Nokia 808 PureView Hands-on Review

0. phoneArena posted on 27 Feb 2012, 04:42

Alright, so here it is, probably the last (or one of the very last) Symbian smartphones ever – the Nokia 808 PureView. And boy is this an epic way for Symbian to exit the industry!

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posted on 27 Feb 2012, 04:54 8

1. rycx365 (Posts: 37; Member since: 18 Mar 2011)

AWESOME CAMERA, but it's 2012, still 1.3ghz single core with 512mb ram??? Dual core and i'd get it, there's more to a smartphone than having the best camera (even if it's my a HUGE margin)

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 04:54 2

2. rycx365 (Posts: 37; Member since: 18 Mar 2011)

*by a huge margin*

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 05:46 11

10. weirdfisher (Posts: 51; Member since: 31 Mar 2011)

1.3ghz single core with 512mb ram
which phone can record 1080p video with such spec...please?

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 05:54 9

11. Leo_MC (Posts: 2677; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)

WP works flawlessly with single core, so does S^3, so does iOS (all of them 1080p video, 8 MP photo).
It make one think "why on earth would we need quad, hexa, octo etc cores"?!

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 05:57 7

12. weirdfisher (Posts: 51; Member since: 31 Mar 2011)

no...wp7 cant do 1080p right now

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 07:23 2

18. Leo_MC (Posts: 2677; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)

You're right, no wp can record 1080p, my bad.
But you get my point: single cores cand record/play 1080p (this Nokia is the living prove).

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 08:25 1

25. ayephoner (Posts: 850; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)

also, the iphone 4s is the only one to take 8mp images and shoot 1080 video. it has a dual core (but ultimately your point is correct).

41 (or 38) mp is complete overkill. why do that?

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 12:03

35. rafael.roque (Posts: 78; Member since: 03 Jul 2010)

The extra MP count is use as the alternative to a physical(even much bulkier) traditional optical zoom lens. Rather than bulk up the phone even more; they used the extra MPs taking in by the camera sensor to allow the user to zoom in up to 4 times without loosing quality as traditional digital zooming does.

Again it's not about the megapixel count although at a glance sounds crazy lol; as this is a high quality carl zeiss lens even greater than that found on the Nokia N8.

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 12:50

39. ayephoner (Posts: 850; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)

i get the purpose, but with 4x zoom, you might need 10, 12 mp at most. 38 is absurd. the higher mp, the more digital zoom you can pull off, but at some point the low quality of the sensor is going to prevail. and i know its a high quality camera phone sensor, but that is still low quality compared to most point and shoots.

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 12:53

40. chapizzo (Posts: 116; Member since: 13 Sep 2011)

The EXCESS megapixels all you to zoom in without losing any detail. Way better than the ordinary digital zoom.
Larger sensor also allows better low light performance.
And anyway, the final picture is in 2,3,5,8 Megapixels.

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 09:30 1

82. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

NONE of them except symbian did 1080p without a dual core, and if i remember correctly, the Nokias have specialized chips in them to let them do that. WP7 still doesnt do anything higher than 720p.

the extra cores are for more advanced functionality. You just named iOS, Symbian and WP7, which are all streamlined, non multitasking systems. Android does true multitasking which is why it requires more horsepower.

posted on 06 Mar 2012, 13:59

84. stylinred (Posts: 50; Member since: 03 Mar 2012)

no actually Symbian does true multitasking... it was the first OS to do this and continues to do this...

you can consistently find users running 22apps+ on their N8s even and that only has 256mb ram and 680mhz

there have been some claims/demonstrations of much higher #s but i'll just post about the average... google it

Androids inefficient thats why it needs all the extra power

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 05:09 9

3. danieru.05 (Posts: 9; Member since: 24 Feb 2012)

yeah your right...let us say that 1.3 ghz single core and 512 ram is sufficient to run nokia pure view fluently...but is it possible to compete with the giant smart phones out there with dual core or quad core processors???i dont think so...camera ALONE is not very essential to a person...but others consider the whole package instead..

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 05:43 17

8. sadaivadai (Posts: 156; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)

To compete with other phones Nokia has their new flagship phone Nokia 900 .

This is a "camera" phone . This is a mobile for people who think camera is the most important part in their mobile . This stands alone like a beast . And to say the truth actually there is no competition for this mobile in this department .

And other things of this mobile is not bad either . Its has good enough specs to be a decent smartphone .

I think you missed the important part . It is only 600$ for a 41 MP camera . If they added any other things the price will be huge and i don't think many can afford such a price .

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 06:29 5

15. danieru.05 (Posts: 9; Member since: 24 Feb 2012)

yeah yeah yeah...ur right...hope they will launch this phone here @philippines...im sure this will be a must see phone.. ^_^

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 14:50 2

64. cepcamba (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)

Philippines will probably get it around Q4 or Q1 of 2013. :p

posted on 08 Mar 2012, 05:20

89. Medel (Posts: 84; Member since: 31 May 2011)

the price of this Nokia 808 Pureview. guesstimate 25 to 27k php. I want to buy this in 2014. i still have my nokia n8.

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 19:44

66. allen83 (Posts: 107; Member since: 01 Mar 2012)

yes wanted that phone hope this will be available in the philippines as soon as possible right kabayan!

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 19:50 6

44. andro. (Posts: 1999; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)

Plus the screen resolution for a 4inch screen is a massive mistake from nokia

posted on 03 Mar 2012, 14:42

74. steelicon (Posts: 318; Member since: 02 Apr 2011)

Olympus XZ-1

Monitor Product type OLED
Size 3.0 inches (3:2)
Total no. of pixels 614,000 dots 960x640


Nokia 808 Pure View

Pixels 230,400 dots 360x640


You be the judge.

posted on 29 Feb 2012, 09:57 5

56. Snoobab (Posts: 175; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)

If the 808 ran slowly, fair enough to complain. The fact is we've seen no slowdown. If 1.3GHz offers a plesant user experience, why suck more power with a dual-core?

To quote from the 808 PureView whitepaper...

"One of the reasons the Nokia 808 PureView has taken so long to develop is down to processing power. We simply couldn’t get hold of enough. Even the most powerful mobile chipsets have an upper limit of around 20Mpix image processing capability. The Nokia 808 PureView eats up more than double that."

"For video, the amount of pixels handled through the processing chain is staggering — over 1 billion pixels per second, and 16x oversampling. That’s a throughput of pixels 16 times greater than many other smartphones."

The 808 has many seperate processors (image, GPU, CPU) so much of the work normally done my a phone's CPU is offloaded to these. It's a shame the masses are so uninformed.

posted on 29 Feb 2012, 12:09 8

57. shadez10 (Posts: 427; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)

your really right... all they think is if its symbian its bad...

then think twice people... symbian can do anything just like what android does...

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 14:54 6

65. cepcamba (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)

Finally! Someone who doesn't churn out un-researched non-sense! Yeah, I actually applaud Nokia for segregating the camera processing. Fits a principle I follow perfectly. Build something simple that works (from the creator of the AK-47). Then combine these simple things to create something complex. But keep in mind that complex is not the same as complicated.

posted on 02 Mar 2012, 10:09 6

68. Stoli89 (Posts: 333; Member since: 28 Jun 2010)

To note, the Belle FP1 808 beat a WP in a Windows Phone Challenge at MWC when it came to taking a picutre and posting it to FB. Seems Noia's approach to combining a massive GPU plus latest scaling chip within the camera module has resulted in a very fast and efficient shooter.

posted on 02 Mar 2012, 15:41 1

70. jamrockjones (Posts: 345; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)

Agreed. The camera is only one element of a phone. I wouldn't purchase a phone for the sole reason that it has a nice camera. What about reception, usability, screen size and quality, OS, design, and battery life.

posted on 03 Mar 2012, 05:16 4

71. stylinred (Posts: 50; Member since: 03 Mar 2012)

Each operating system has different requirements to run it

Symbian has always been more efficient compared to the rest

that's why even on the N8 with 680mhz 256mb ram it could run the same apps/games that Android needed dual cores to run

just look at Belle OS the N8 can run it smoothly and it has half the cpu/ram that the 808 does

and lets not forget that theres also a 1gb GPU in the device

posted on 03 Mar 2012, 14:43 6

75. steelicon (Posts: 318; Member since: 02 Apr 2011)

01.) Xenon Flash;
02.) LED video light;
03.) 1080p 30 fps video with Continuous AutoFocus
04.) Bluetooth 3.0;
05.) HDMI;
06.) DLNA;
07.) micro USB 2.0;
08.) USB On-The-Go;
09.) Secure NFC ;
10.) 3.5 mm audio connector with TV-out;
11.) FM transmitter;
12.) WIFI A/B/G/N.

Show me a single ANDROID mobile phone device or APPLE mobile phone device that has ALL of these features.

Ha! I knew it! :p

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 10:41 2

87. cepcamba (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)

This is the first device I know of that have both Xenon Flash and LED video light.

posted on 23 Mar 2012, 07:22

92. stash (Posts: 3; Member since: 23 Mar 2012)

Sony Ericsson C905

posted on 24 Mar 2012, 07:22

93. danieru.05 (Posts: 9; Member since: 24 Feb 2012)

lets see how the quality of photos looks like in reality...

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