While Nokia only had one Windows Phone to announce at Mobile World Congress, it did have an impressive Symbian smartphone to show off. While Symbian may not be the most exciting platform out there, any phone with a 41MP camera is certainly one worth talking about.
The Nokia 808 PureView is one of Nokia’s last Symbian devices, and it shows just what Nokia’s engineers can do in terms of photography on a phone. The 808 packs a 41MP Carl Zeiss sensor, so it’s able to produce larger pictures than many consumer cameras, let alone smartphones. Nokia was inspired by satellite imaging when designing the 808, so with the phone you’ll be able to take pictures and zoom in close to get a great close up of just what you want to see. The phone automatically brings the photo down to 5MP, but the results are still pretty amazing.
Of course the Nokia 808 PureView will also be able to record HD video. The camera can record 1080p video at 30 frames per second. It can even do so at 4 times zoom.
Aside from the fantastic camera that boots in less than a second, there are still a few more exciting aspects. The 808 will be able to record CD-quality audio without the need for external equipment, so your HD video will also have decent sound. It also features Dolby Headphones which is supposed to give you surround sound audio out of any pari of stereo headphones. The phone will even output 5.1 audio in YouTube videos.
The only downside to the Nokia 808 PureView is that it runs Symbian, the platform that Nokia all but abandoned. The fact that this phone exists is great, but it would be awesome if Nokia could put out a Windows Phone with these features. We’ll buy it, we promise.
If Symbian doesn’t lessen your interest in the 808 PureView, then you’ll be able to buy it sometime this year, for an as-yet-unannounced price.