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Finally, after 2 years reigning the mobile world, the N8 can finally retire. For the time has now come for the Nokia 808 to rule!
Last week at MWC 2012, Nokia brought the PureView teaser to fever pitch with the 41 megapixel camera of the Symbian Belle-running Nokia PureView 808.
The Nokia 808 PureView uses a 41 MP sensor, which captures image data from seven adjacent pixels and condenses it into one, resulting in stills at around 5 MP resolution with amazing detail and low noise levels. The optics are Carl Zeiss and there’s Xenon flash and a LED one acting as a video light.
Technically, the sensor is able to capture 3 MP, 5 MP, 8 MP, 38 MP at 4:3 aspect ratio and 2 MP, 5 MP [Default], 8 MP, 34 MP at 16:9.
Video recording goes as high as FullHD 1080p at 30 fps and there’s also 720p@30fps. Video is H264 encoded and supports stereo sound. The large image sensor allows 4x zoom in 1080p and 6x in 720p.
The Nokia 808 PureView has a single-core 1.3 GHz processor and 512 MB of RAM and runs Symbian Belle. The display is a 16:9 4″ AMOLED unit of nHD (640 x 360) resolution covered with curved Gorilla Glass.
There’s NFC, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, USB on the go and 16 GB of onboard storage.
The Nokia 808 PureView should be on the shelves around May 2012.
The specs, in brief:
- 1.3 Ghz ARM11 CPU (with unspecified Broadcom GPU)
- 512 RAM
- 16 GB internal storage, expandable via MicroSD card
- 4 inch CBD AMOLED with 640×360 resolution (how sad!)
- Polycarbonate body with Gorilla glass front
- Physical buttons up front
- 41 MP camera (with 1/1.2″ CMOS sensor) and Full HD (1080p) video recording – with PureView technology
- And other usual stuffs on a Nokia
Time for my N8 to meet it’s old cousins, basically my previous best-buddy the E72 and it’s cousin’s X6. These images were taken over a week after purchase, notice how strong the protective screen is still stuck onto the display?
This post is solely on physical size comparisons, nothing further
More pics on the Flickr set.
Review coming soon!
Full gallery’s here.
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Apart from the long-awaited Nokia E7, Nokia World also saw the launch of other Symbian^3 models, the Nokia C7 and Nokia C6-01. Both have similar specs, and fall under the same category (but not class).
The sleek C7 which boasts a 3.5-inch AMOLED display and is a hand-friendly 10.5mm thin. Like the E7 this device also sports an 8-megapixel camera with 8GB of onboard storage (expandable to 40GB with microSD). The Nokia C7 will also shoot HD video in 720p and comes with free global walk and drive navigation and a digital compass. City users will welcome the active noise cancellation for clearer voice calls whilst the battery will keep calls going for up to 9.5 hours (in GSM mode) and stay on standby for an astounding 27 days (3G mode). The Nokia C7 is expected to go on sale before the end of 2010 and will be available in black, metal or brown for an estimated retail price of €335 before taxes and subsidies.
Like its big Cseries brother, the latest Nokia C6 is a compact little number that will also sport an 8-megapixel camera though with a more pocket-friendly 3.2-inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen. The latter sporting the same Nokia ClearBlack technology as the E7, offering much improved outdoor visibility. Like the C7, this new device will also be a social networker’s dream with live feeds from your favorite social networks available on your home screen. The C6-01 will support microSD up to 32GB and capture HD video in 720p. Users can expect to see up to 17 days standby time and up to 11.5 hours talktime from the C7 battery. Expected to be shipping before the end of 2010, the Nokia C6-01 will be available in silver or black and is estimated to retail at €260 before taxes and subsidies.
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Finally, the long-awaited and rumoured Nokia E7 has been announced by Nokia today, just a while ago.
I don’t have much time, so it’s gonna be a quick post. Will update more as I have time.
Nokia announces powerful family of smartphones and Ovi services at Nokia World showcase; vision of location-based future brought to life
London, UK – At Nokia World, the destination for people passionate about mobility, Nokia today announced a family of smartphones powered by the all new Symbian platform which brings significant enhancements in speed and ease of use. The new devices, which are tightly integrated with enhanced Ovi services and apps, reinforce Nokia’s vision of a mobile industry that is increasingly being defined by socially connected, location-based devices and experiences.
- Three new smartphones, Nokia E7, Nokia C7 and Nokia C6, which join the previously announced Nokia N8 to form a family of Symbian products. – The latest version of the Symbian platform brings more than 250 new features and improvements and retains the familiarity enjoyed by millions of smartphone users worldwide;
- Showcase of the Nokia N8, the ultimate entertainment smartphone and world’s best cameraphone;
- Availability of a richer Ovi Store experience – starting with the Nokia N8 – that includes a friendlier look and feel, and more popular and unique apps and games;
- The latest beta release of free Ovi Maps with new pedestrian and motorist features.
“Today our fight back to smartphone leadership shifts into high gear,” said Niklas Savander, Executive Vice President, Markets, Nokia. “Despite new competition, Symbian remains the most widely used smartphone platform in the world. Our new family of smartphones introduced today feature the all-new Symbian OS, rewritten to be faster, easier to use, more efficient and more developer friendly.” Savander also commented on the high level of anticipation for the Nokia N8. “Based on the level of consumer interest and the highest online pre-orders in Nokia history, we expect big things from the Nokia N8.”
A smartphone for everyone.
In addition to the Nokia N8, the new family of faster, more intuitive Symbian smartphones includes:
- Nokia E7 – the ultimate business smartphone. With Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync on board, the Nokia E7 provides direct, real-time and secure access to corporate email inboxes and other personal applications. Equipped with a 4-inch touchscreen display featuring Nokia ClearBlack technology for improved outdoor visibility and a full keyboard, business users will find the Nokia E7 is the perfect shape and size to work on documents, review spreadsheets, or read and edit slides. For corporate peace of mind, a combination of business grade security solutions is available. Estimated retail price is EUR 495, excluding taxes and subsidies.
As a smartphone family, the Nokia N8, Nokia E7, Nokia C7, Nokia C6 share several similarities. All are built on the new version of Symbian, the world’s most popular smartphone platform. It strikes a balance of innovation and intuition offering a variety of improvements and features such as support for multiple homescreens, visual multitasking, gesture-based interactions and a noticeable reduction in prompts — all while presenting a familiarity that means millions of people can pick up one of Nokia’s new smartphones and instantly know how to use it. People will also discover free Ovi Maps, access to Ovi Store, messaging, social networking and other experiences that come standard across all of these smartphones.
The Nokia E7, Nokia C7 and Nokia C6 are all expected to begin shipping before the end of the year.
…with content for everyone
The new family of Symbian smartphones will include a completely updated Ovi Store experience. The new store experience is driven by a friendlier user interface and a new collections feature to quickly access popular apps and games available now, or soon, such as foursquare, Angry Birds, Need for Speed Shift and Real Golf 2011. Additionally, Ovi Store will continue to offer exclusive apps including Audiotube, Tesco and others along with favorites such as Fring, Shazam, and Asphalt 5.
For developers, the uniform Symbian platform together with the Qt development environment enables easy smartphone application creation and extensive reach.
A mobile world centered on where you are
Free access to Ovi Maps, the world’s most comprehensive walk and drive navigation, to Nokia smartphones was only the start. With the latest beta release of Ovi Maps, available for download today, people will benefit from new features and even greater map detail. Ovi Maps beta adds visibility to subways, trams and trains in 85 cities around the world, real-time traffic, safety alerts in or out of navigation mode, visibility to parking and petrol stations, and speed limit warnings. In addition, people can use the improved search capabilities and share their location immediately via text messages or email to other browser-enabled phones.
New gear for on-the-go
Nokia also showcased the Nokia Bluetooth Stereo Headset BH-905i offering an improved audio experience with active noise cancellation and a collection of five unique new Bluetooth headsets designed for a variety of needs, including hands-free multitasking, talking and navigating in the car with voice guidance.
Please visit www.nokia.com/press for press materials, including photos and product information. For more information on Nokia World 2010, please visit: http://events.nokia.com/nokiaworld.
Data sheet: E7
So, does it justify itself to be hailed as the E-Series flagship? We’ll know as we move closer to the shipping dates in December. For now, it looks like a YES!
UPDATE: Official page at Nokia.com
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This is really a bad week for Nokia, since almost all of their impending high-ends are getting leaked. Next up, we might even see the X7, who knows?
What I love about this phone is that, it looks just like the E72!
Now for some important specs:
- Dimensions (width x height x depth): 57 x 117 x 11 millimetres (73.4 cc)
- GSM 850/900/1800/1900 & WCDMA 2100MHz; GPRS, EDGE, HSPA
- Display: 3.5″ Capacitive screen (AMOLED) with 360 × 640 pixel resolution
- Viewable Display-Size: 1.62″ x 2.88″ (41.18 x 73.21 millimetres)
- Pixel-Pitch: 222 pixel/inch (0.11439 millimetre/pixel)
- Symbian^3 OS
- Removable 1200 mAh Li-Ion Battery
- Camera: 8MP (CMOS) with dual LED (No Carl Zeiss) & 0.3MP secondary camera
- Supports 720p HD video recording at 25fps
- Composite video out
- 8GB internal storage with microSD support (up to 32GB)
- Bluetooth 3.0
- Micro USB, support for USB-out function
- WiFi b/g/n rumoured
- CPU: 680 Mhz ARM11; 256 MB RAM; GPU: PowerVR SGX530 (rumoured!)
- Stereo Speakers, 3.5mm audio out, mono microphone and recording
- Estimated announcement: Sept 2010
- Price: estimated around €300 Euro before subsidies and taxes
On a side note, Eldar has a preview too!
Images from zol.com
This is the very first advertisement for the Nokia N8 (well, considering the fact that all before were just promo videos without story-flow). And I should say; it’s well done!
Also noticed that the guy’s reading news via something that definitely doesn’t look like the current Symbian browser. Any idea, anyone?
There’s another N8 advert from India too, but doesn’t showcase much on the phone. But you could watch it for Priyanka‘s sake!
Note: This can be a bit too loud!
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I discussed on the iPhone 4‘s camera some time ago. And this time around, it’s time for the new king-to-be, the Nokia N8.
Damian Dinning, the mastermind behind the N8′s camera released a series of posts (a few weeks back) covering extensive range of discussion regarding mobile phone photography and what they’ve managed to improvise on the N8, which as a whole took up an entire 7 years of journey.
Nokia N8 photography – all the FAQs [This is very useful!]
Now, lets look at some sample pics from N8, which of course are jaw-dropping as you can tell. [Click to enlarge]
Gallery extracted from Nokia Conversations
Ovi by Nokia is moving very slowly, I should say. Nonetheless, there are plenty of cool things to come. Some videos here to highlight these.
Oh, off the hook, Symbian^3 OS went official today!
Well, no wild guesses. It has to be from the famous Mobile Review (piloted by Eldar as many of you’d know).
I’m not going to go over the extremely long review, I’ll leave it for you guys to read. Some parts are controversial, but as you’d all know, the truth always hurts.
Some of the interesting notes from his review :
* Symbian 3 is a decent upgrade for Symbian users
* Increased RAM improves the number of Apps which can be run improvement on previous devices
* Ultimately Symbian 3 is a evolutionary step rather than revolutionary
* Icons and UI are outdated
* Browser didn’t get any significant updates (very disappointing)
* Ultimately Symbian 3 is still catching up to competition (iOS, Android, Bada)
* Significant Updates to Symbian 3 are lacking due to Nokia’s resources being stretched , due to Symbian 4 and Meego being developed alongside (isn’t that a good thing???)
* Ultimately Symbian is inferior to its competition even though Nokia will sell tons of N8?s
Now this one is particularly reviewed by Eldar (again), which of course means there are a lot of points that need some digesting.
* There will be more models of the N8 like N8-01, N8-02, N8-03 (I thought the new numbering system was supposed to be easier!!!)
* There will be a 32 GB version of the N8 and some sort of music service in certain countries (‘Comes with music’) will retail about 425-450 EUR and be announced during Nokia world in september
* There will be a ‘cheap’ version of the N8 WITHOUT a 12 megapixel camera and less memory retail about 230-250 EUR
* There will be a senior version of the N8 with and qwerty keyboard resembling the n97 but there will be camera with less megapixels, but this phone which a render was leaked could also be the first Symbian 4 phone
* He does advice people that want a keyboard that they should wait for the N8 with qwerty keyboard coming soon apparently
* N8 is a replacement for the Nokia 5800 or people who haven’t had experiences with other OS’s (another shot to the Nokia fans)
* AMOLED on the N8 is superior to the Google Nexus One
* Nokia is not able to create screens as good as Apple or Samsung
* The N8 will have ‘Memory full’ problems like N97 due to the low amount of RAM
* Battery management is great and he even praises Nokia engineers for that
* Average usage is 2 days when fully charged
* Fastest Symbian phone to date
* Software not as good as iPhone 3GS let alone the iPhone 4, even BADA phones are faster
* Samsung Wave is the benchmark for the N8
* Nokia N9 offers totally new interface borrowed features from Android (will take that)
* Meego will look comparable to BADA OS and will look like current modern OS ‘s currently on the market like (iOS, Android, WebOS etc) (he’s definitely has seen the N9 and is that’s good news)
* N8 is decent but unremarkable
* Goal of the N8 is to keep sales of phones comparable to competitors
* Excitement will fade after a few months as nokia will offer technologically more advanced devices.
* The N8 is not an all-in-one phone like the Nokia N95 was.
Some of these points are utterly out of the world, so I guess we have to be wise in reading on.
Summary from My Nokia Blog