The FINANCIAL — Nokia surprised observers with a new Symbian camera phone at the opening day of Mobile World Congress.
Symbian has always enjoyed a reputation for producing impressive camera phones, and the Nokia 808 Pure View has upped the game.
As with other Nokia phones, it uses Karl Zeiss lenses, but what makes this phone radically different is that it features a sensor with a massive 41 Megapixel capacity.
The phone uses a technique that Nokia calls over-sampling, to produce crystal clear, noiseless images with an effective resolution of 5 megapixels. The camera uses a dedicated graphics processing unit to combine groups of up to seven pixels to produce one "super" pixel.
According to London Stock Exchange, in addition, the camera can digitally zoom up to 4x with no loss in quality. Shooting video in full 1080p video allows for 3x zoom, or up to 6x zoom if shot in 720p definition.
The resulting quality of image, even in challenging light conditions, is sharp and with crystal clear detail.
The phone itself is no beauty. It is quite bulky and feels heavy in the hand, and it is running Symbian, Nokia's old operating system and not the new Windows Phone software. The reason, said a Nokia spokesman, is that building this technology took five years. The spokesman said that the technology would be available in due course on other devices although he wouldn't be drawn on when.
How many of the phones Nokia realistically expects to sell is not clear. It costs a hefty EUR450 and the fact that it is a Symbian device may not enhance its popularity outside of core Symbian fans.
Nokia has pledged to continue to support Symbian up to 2016.