Unboxing the Nokia 808 PureView

It’s the Nokia 808 PureView! 41-megapixel camera FTW!

Nokia 808 PureView Unboxed

If there’s one smartphone we’ve been very keen on reviewing, it’s the Nokia 808 PureView. It’s not everyday that a camera packing a monstrous 41-megapixel camera gets shipped. I know this is a bit late already (Nokia Lumia 920 PureView is just around the corner) but we were finally able to get our hands on a review unit of the Nokia 808! Wooot! Just as a quick refresher, here are the specs:

Nokia PureView 808 Spec Sheet

  • Single Core 1.3GHz Processor
  • 512MB RAM
  • 4-inch AMOLED Display with Gorilla Glass
  • NFC enabled
  • 16GB Storage
  • USB on the go
  • 41-megapixel rear-facing camera
  • OS: Symbian Belle (Booo ;_;)

With that out of the way let’s jump into the unboxing!

Nokia’s Blue Box

Nokia has been very consistent with how they’ve been packaging their products. Just like the Lumia series (or even some of the handsets in the Asha line), you get a solid printed carton two-piece (lid and actual compartment) box. Product details and photos are all over it. You can open the box by removing the tapes at the side and pulling the top lid upwards.

Hello there gorgeous

Nokia 808 Pureview, unboxed! Yay! :-)

The Nokia 808 Pureview packs a 4-inch AMOLED display. Colors and images are vibrant and crisp, the quality that you get from most high-end smartphones in the market today. An added bonus by the way is that the screen is from Gorilla Glass so it’s definitely going to take a lot for it to break or get scratched.

All the usual ports and buttons can be found at the sides and at the top of the device. There’s the usual mini-USB port (charging and data), volume rocker, and the headphone jack. Some nice additions are the lock/unlock physical slider (on the left side), a dedicated camera button, and an HDMI out port.

When it comes to form factor, the Nokia 808 Pureview is definitely not the lightest or thinnest in its class. In fact the weight distribution of the handset is weird since it’s concentrated at the top part (where the camera sensor is). This is probably the price we have to pay to be able to get the critically acclaimed 41-megapixel Pureview technology powered camera in a handset! Here’s another photo showing the device in side-view. Notice how it suddenly bulges when it approaches the top part where the camera is:

The question everybody is asking now is if the camera is that amazing that you’d give up your shiny, thin, and light smartphone for the Nokia 808 Pureview? We’ll tackle that more during our full review which should be out in a few days.

Is it really 41-megapixels?

That’s a big camera… Lol

According to what we’ve researched, the camera of the Nokia 808 basically captures in 41-megapixel quality and then crams it all in a 5-megapixel sized image. This results to photos with more detail, sharpness, and better colors. If this was really a 41-megapixel image then each image would probably be around 30MB-40MB, lol. So yes, the Nokia Pureview 808 takes amazing photos, especially if you consider that this is just a smartphone and not an SLR. We’ll be posting sample galleries in the next few days.

Not Android or Windows, this one’s powered by Symbian

Reminds me a lot of the Nokia N9 User Interface

To those who still don’t know, the Nokia 808 Pureview doesn’t run Windows or Meego. It runs on Symbian Belle. This is a big letdown for a lot of people. Nokia probably had to use their own operating system to accommodate the software requirements for the the 41-megapixel shooter.

Maybe someday we’ll see this technology on a Windows powered Nokia handset?

What else is in the box?

Other than the Nokia 808 Pureview you’ll also get standard earphones from Nokia, a mini-USB to USB cable, and a wall charger. There are also a bunch of cards and manuals inside one of the compartments.

Full Review with Photo Galleries Coming Soon

The Nokia 808 Pureview is already available locally via Nokia shops or various gadget stores. The price is a bit steep as it ranges anywhere from Php24,000-Php27,000. It’s definitely not priced as a mid-range offering. Watch out for our full review coming soon! We’ll be putting the 808’s camera through the paces in the next few days. :D

Carlo Ople

Carlo is the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of During daytime he’s the Managing Director and Partner of a Digital Marketing Agency in the Philippines and by nighttime he’s living out his passion as a gadget enthusiast and story teller through Unbox.

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