During Mobile World Congress today, Nokia announced the Nokia 808 Pureview phone. This phone has a 41 Megapixel camera on it. Yes, that’s not a typo. Forty-one MP. This is the heighest resolution on a phone as of yet. Not only that, but Nokia is well known for having excellent cameras on their phones. Those two peices combined will probably make for an amazing camera experience.
As far as the other features go, it is largely unimpressive. It runs Symbian Belle, not Windows Phone 7, which is odd for Nokia currently, but the executives said that it is due to the development of this phone beggining before the Nokia-Microsoft deal. The phone has a HDMI port, along with a 3.5 mm headphone jack. It’s also an extremely thick phone. The front of the phone is a black glossy finish, with the back comming in either white, black, or red(there may be others too, however) plastic. It is also one of the few phones with a dedicated camera button, or at least, as far as premium smartphones goes, it is. The screen is a 4 inch screen, at a resolution of 640×360. It has a 1.3 GHz processor sitting under the hood, along with 16 GB of internal flash memory. as well as an external card slot. From the camera button, it can take a picture in under a second, which is excellent for a current smartphone. Look to the left to see images of the phone as well as a video of it.
Unfortunately, it is unlikely that a carrier in the United States will pick up the phone, due to Symbian. Most US carriers are very reluctant to pick up a phone with the Operating System on it, prefering Windows Phone 7, Android, and iOS over it. So, if you want the phone, and are in the United States, you will likely have to resort to buying one over eBay or some other retailer that ships to the US based in another country. Of course, it is still a possibility that one will; it is just unlikely to happen.
Nokia did imply, however, that the technology used in this phone will carry over to Windows phone 7 phones eventualy. It’s just a matter of waiting for it to happen. Of course, there is still the possibility that other manufacterer’s will move in before that happens, but we will have to wait and see.
So, what are your thoughts? Is the camera just overkill? Is this just the natural progression of phones? Would you buy one? Let me know down in the comments. As always, if you like this article, follow me on Twitter here, and subscribe to get more of my articles here. Additionally, you can buy me a coffee with bitcoins here: 16KHgNM1crGt3t2HeWsaUj6hZEU5cDWJwb