Nokia's press conference is finally over, with exactly six devices announced as expected. Its S40 Asha portfolio and the Windows Phone Lumia series did not throw up any surprises. The real twist in the press conference, is the Nokia 808 PureView with its 41-megapixel sensor.
Yes, you've read it right. 41-megapixels. This is by far the first mobile phone armed with such a high resolution sensor. However, this doesn't equate to an image with a full 41-megapixel resolution. What the PureView does, is basically combine seven pixels of information, which are condensed into one pixel to create a much sharper image. In the end, you are still looking at an image with a 5-megapixel resolution.
The main benefit from this oversampling technique allows you to zoom, reframe, crop and resize afterwards without a huge loss in details or creating unwanted noise in the images. To illustrate this point, check out the video below:
Besides its 41-megapixel sensor, you'll find the usual Carl Zeiss lens reserved for Nokia's higher-end or camera-centric devices, with an aperture value of f/2.4. Behind the 808 PureView, you get a Xenon flash for low-light situations.
Other than the attention-grabbing 41-megapixel sensor, the 808 PureView will be equipped with more multimedia enhancements, including a feature dubbed Nokia Rich Recording, which enables audio recording at CD-like levels of quality. The Nokia 808 PureView also comes with Dolby Headphone technology, transforming stereo content into a personal surround sound experience over any headphones and Dolby Digital Plus for 5.1 channel surround sound playback.
As promised, Nokia isn't calling it quits for the Symbian platform, as evident with the 808 PureView's choice of the Belle operating system. This puts it as the direct successor to the earlier Nokia N8. The question is - will Symbian Belle be applicable a year down the road? Fortunately, Nokia mentioned that the technology we see on the 808 PureView won't be isolated to the Symbian platform, with the possibility of implementing the said features on its varied portfolio.
According to Nokia, the 808 PureView will be available in May 2012, priced at 450 euros.