Posted on 06 March 2012
Who says your smartphone can’t replace your compact camera? Definitely not Nokia.
After unveiling the 41MP camera sensor-toting Nokia 808 PureView late last month, and showcasing it during last week’s Mobile World Congress, I guess most people will indeed have to agree with Nokia that this smartphone just might make you stash your compact camera. It is no gimmick either, relying not just on the high-resolution Carl Zeiss lens to produce images of up to 38MP resolutions, but also on a “new pixel oversampling technology” to “capture professional looking images in any conditions.”
The Nokia 808 PureView isn’t just about still images either, allowing for 1080p Full HD video recording. Even more impressive perhaps (since we’ve seen Full HD video recording on other phones) is that video recording comes with up to 4x lossless zoom.
Of course, while this phone has been turning getting everyone’s attention, even winning the 2012 Global Mobile Award, not all the attention it has been getting has been complimentary. Mark Thackara, national marketing manager for Olympus, is not surprisingly one of the phone’s critics telling TechRadar that the Nokia 808 PureView “sounds like utter nonsense. The size of the lens means that the overall quality of the image will still be restricted.” He even went as far as issuing a challenge to Nokia saying, “Let’s have a shoot out under a number of different conditions and see which one wins – let’s try it out against a half decent camera.” Once the Nokia 88 PureView is out on the market, which will be this May here in the UK, you can bet many will be doing such a comparison.
Reported UK price of this smartphone upon launch is £470.
Image via Nokia
Posted on 26 January 2012
Nokia got everyone’s attention with the Lumia 900 showcased early this month at the CES 2012. With its sleek look, huge 4.3-inch AMOLED ClearBlack Display, and crisp 800 x 480 pixel screen resolution it’s no wonder even those in the UK, where chances of seeing the phone released is slim, are excited about it.
Despite Nokia’s official statements talking only of a US release sometime this year, hopes of UK consumers were raised when news of Carphone Warehouse’s pre-order page for the product got out. Unfortunately, the company pulled down the page, claiming that it was a mistake and that the phone will not be hitting UK stores. Throughout all this Nokia remained silent as to their real intention.
If you look at the difference in specs between the Lumia 900 and its predecessor, the Lumia 800, it does seem like there is little reason for the Lumia 900 to be released in the UK. After all, the Lumia 800 has pretty decent specs with the major difference (aside from screen) being that the Lumia 900 is an LTE phone, making it ready for super fast connection speeds via this cutting-edge 4G technology, which as we all know is not coming anytime soon in the UK. That alone means that one of the Lumia 900′s most touted features will be wasted on the slower HSPA+ connection that we here in the UK are captive to.
So in case the Lumia 900 does not make it to the UK, what you will be missing out on aside from the above mentioned features are 2 cameras (8 MP rear-facing camera with dual LED flash and 1.3 MP front-facing camera), a super fast 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 512MB of RAM, a Windows 7 interface (which comes with the Lumia 800 anyway), and a nice slew of built-in apps.
Image via Nokia US