Nokia 808 PureView

Nokia 808 PureView sample photos emerge from China

Nokia 808 PureView sample photos emerge from China

While we’re all waiting for Nokia’s 41 megapixel PureView technology to make its way to a Windows Phone, the Symbian-based 808 PureView is just around the corner. It won’t be making its way to the United States, but those in Europe and other far flung places around the globe will be treated to the handset. Chinese blog IT168 recently had some hands-on time with the phone, and took a handful of sample pictures for us to drool over.

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Nokia: PureView won’t just spank your iPhone in video quality

Nokia: PureView won’t just spank your iPhone in video quality

Nokia's 41-megapixel 808 PureView has already convinced us the Finns know plenty about smartphone camera quality, but we've obviously not waxed sufficiently lyrical over audio performance yet. The company is talking up its Nokia Rich Recording technology, promising over at Nokia Conversations that you'll get a far better sound capture than from the iPhone or other flagships, and it has the video to prove it.

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Nokia on PureView: DSLR tech simply wasn’t good enough

Nokia on PureView: DSLR tech simply wasn’t good enough

Nokia's 808 PureView and its 41-megapixel sensor still gives us shivers of optical delight, even a week after MWC 2012, and now the Finnish company has been talking about the path the pixel-packing CMOS took to reach a product. Damian Dinning, Nokia's head of imaging, has taken to the company's official blog to describe how even the tight tolerances and specialist materials used in DSLR production weren't enough to meet Nokia's needs.

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Nokia: No 41MP 808 PureView for North America

Nokia: No 41MP 808 PureView for North America

Nokia has confirmed that it has no North American launch plans for the Nokia 808 PureView 41-megapixel smartphone announced at MWC 2012 last week, leaving the US and Canada out of its otherwise global release. News of the omission was quietly snuck into the 808 PureView's Nokia Developers listing, though it's worth noting that unofficial imports will likely work thanks to the pentaband WCDMA radio.

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Nokia 808 PureView samples and tech secrets revealed

Nokia 808 PureView samples and tech secrets revealed

Nokia's 808 PureView has already convinced us of its photographic potential; now you can see the end results with some sample shots from the 41-megapixel cameraphone, as well as see technical details on exactly how the system works. The Finns have shared an oversized gallery of shots over at Nokia Conversations, as well as some extra - though smaller - images for those who want to see the typical 5- or 8-megapixel pictures it's likely to take most often.

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Nokia MWC 2012: 41-megapixels and cheap Windows Phones

Nokia MWC 2012: 41-megapixels and cheap Windows Phones

If there was a "Phoenix From The Ashes" award at Mobile World Congress it's hard to argue that Nokia wouldn't be the most worthy recipient. Twelve months ago the company was apologetically admitting it had no new devices for MWC 2011, and today it revealed a bevy of phones that opened new doors in developing markets, pushed the envelope for Windows Phone pricing, and busted the smartphone camera segment right open. We've a whole lot of Nokia coverage, so head on past the cut to get up to speed.

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Camera wars light up at MWC 2012

Camera wars light up at MWC 2012

Mobile World Congress is usually a processor battle-ground, a screen size scrap and a wireless speed showdown, but this year digital camera technology has taken center stage as the way to impress. Some of the biggest news from this year's show has come from HTC and Nokia, each placing particular emphasis on not just megapixel count but the technology that surrounds it. The message is clear: it's not how big it is, but what you do with it that counts.

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Nokia PureView camera tech is a true gamechanger

Nokia PureView camera tech is a true gamechanger

Nokia may have outed its latest Windows Phone variants and a fresh batch of entry-level Ashas at MWC this morning, but the real excitement is in the culmination of five years of camera development and the Nokia 808 PureView. The 41-megapixel toting smartphone certainly grabs headlines in the spec-chasing race, but in fact the real genius of PureView isn't in counting pixels but what Nokia can do with them. The 808 PureView may not be for everyone - something Nokia readily concedes - but the PureView tech it uses is coming, at least in part, to future Nokia phones. That could truly be a game-changer.

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