Nokia's smartphone strategy is focussed on Microsoft's Windows Phone operating system, but it hasn't ceased releasing handsets running its own Symbian OS. The forthcoming Nokia 808 PureView, for one, runs the system. It's a smartphone that packs a camera equipped with Carl Zeiss optics, a Xenon flash and a massive 41-megapixel (Mp) resolution.
You won't be able to get 41-megapixel images out of the phone, but according to Nokia oversampling removes noise when shooting images by combining several pixels into a single pixel in the final image when snapping 5Mp photos. You can also use it as a form of digital zoom. A tweak of the settings will allow you to shoot images with a resolution of up to 38Mp, however.
Apart from the impressive sounding camera, the rest of the specifications are not especially exciting. The 4-inch screen uses AMOLED technology, but only offers a resolution of 640x340 pixels, which compares unfavourably to many of the phones on the market that have high-definition 1280x720 screens. Thanks to the camera, the body is also a little on the large size, measuring 17.9mm at its thickest point and weighing 169g.
On the inside of the phone are a 1.3 GHz processor (with only one core), 512 MB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. More storage can be added thanks to a microSD slot. The phone is also equipped with Near Field Communications support.
Nokia's new 'rich recording' technology can record distortion-free audio at up to up to 140 dB, according to the company.
Unfortunately there is as yet no word on whether the 808 PureView will be released in Australia.
By Ross Catanzariti