Nokia 808 PureView Smartphone

Nokia 808 PureView Smartphone Price in the Philippines, Features, and Specs: Technology hubs around the world, needless to say, will come out rather bland without some quirky, weird, out of this world innovations presented within just inches of each other. For this year’s Mobile World Congress, one of the gadgets that definitely made an impression is the 808 PureView smartphone from Nokia. Successor of the Nokia 8, the Nokia 808 PureView features a revved up display, some tweaks in its user interface, and a tolerably fast and large processor. However, nothing mentioned so far about this smartphone is juicy enough.

The biggest revelation about the Nokia 808 PureView actually lies at its back — the 808 PureView’s never before seen (on other phones) 41 MP multi-aspect camera. The sensor integrated within is made by none other than the quality, highly acclaimed lens-making company, Carl Zeiss. The camera is not only impressive by itself by virtue of its sensor; it also features the most usable digital zoom in the whole universe of camera phones.

The Nokia 808 PureView’s sensor is not only large in terms of resolution, it also contains one of the physically largest camera phone sensors. While the 8 MP iPhone 4S sensor sits at around 1/3.2 inch and other compact camera types at 1/2.3 inch, the 808 PureView’s sensor is a whooping 1/1.2 inch type – large indeed for a mobile device to have; it is actually 2.5 times larger than the 12 MP of Nokia N8.


However, there’s a catch. Nokia doesn’t actually let the user makes use of all of this resolution. Sad to say, the Nokia 808 PureView’s 4-inch AMOLED display contains a rather disappointingly low resolution of only 360 x 640 pixels, which means that (when you do the arithmetic) the sensor has more than 3 times the amount of pixels as the display. Smaller pixels tend to gather less light and produce lower quality images. Lower light, by camera phones’ standards generally translate to bad photo.

Instead, what the Nokia 808 PureView offers is a default 5 MP resolution by way of a process called pixel oversampling also known as pixel binning. This process pools together a total of seven pixels into one superpixel. Doing this helps eliminate image noise specially in low-light conditions while under good light settings, noise becomes almost non-existent. In addition, the 808 PureView can be set to take 38 or 34-MP images depending on the aspect ratio used, 4:3 or 16:9, respectively

Aside from pixel oversampling, the Nokia 808 PureView also features a lossless digital zoom as mentioned earlier. The amount of oversampling allows the user to zoom into a subject and continue to do so until the 5 MP oversampled picture is no longer oversampled and just simply 5 MP. During this instance, the camera phone would have been able to produce 3x lossless zoom for photos as well a 4x zoom for movies shot in full HD. When the resolution is reduced however, one would get more lossless zoom. Nokia has put in a unique slide zoom that allows the user to just simply slide his or her finger up and down anywhere on the display to smoothly zoom in or out. And since there is no moving optics to contend with, video recordings are practically free of the zooming sounds.

In terms of optics, the Nokia 808 PureView specifically uses a Carl Zeiss 5-element lens with one high-index, low-dispersion glass lens. It contains an f2.4 aperture that is quite large, together with a 26 mm focal length for 16:9 and 28 mm for 4:3 aspect ratios. The combination along with the large sensor size produces some nice background blur for close-ups. The Nokia 808 PureView is capable of focusing as close as 6 inches from a subject.

The Nokia 808 PureView is hosed within a plastic casing but is nonetheless compact and well balanced on the hand. It also comes in a variety of colors: grey, white, red, and black. It is tagged to be officially released into the market by May this year.

Nokia 808 PureView Smartphone Price in the Philippines: Approximately Php 28,000.00

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