The Nokia 808 PureView certainly made a splash at this year’s Mobile World Congress, pinning the company back on the cameraphone map in an extremely advantageous position.

If you’ve been living in a cave these past few days, you might have missed some of the juicy details about the Nokia 808 and what makes it so special. So we’ll make a quick recap.

The Nokia 808 PureView has a 4-inch AMOLED display with the rather lowly resolution of 360 x 640 pixels. Spiritually succeeding the Nokia N8, it runs Nokia Belle (previously known as Symbian) and it’s centered around a 1.3 GHz processor. While this smartphone might technically revolve around that processor, what’s got the publics imagination is actually the never-before-seen 41MP multi-aspect camera sensor.

Nokia 808 PureView

Capable of shooting full-resolution shots of up to 38 megapixels and utilizing the industry’s first pixel oversampling technology for delivering vastly superior lower-resolution photos (5MP and 8MP), the Nokia 808 camera is a “quantum leap forward in cameraphone performance,” as Nokia themselves put it. Another industry’s first is the lossless digital zooming in less-than-maximum resolution shots and video.

The garnishes on this excellent dish are the Carl Zeiss lens, the xenon flash, a relatively large F2.4 aperture, the mechanical shutter coupled with a neutral density filter, and there’s also, of course, FullHD video recording.

Also known as Nokia 808 PureView RM-807
GENERAL 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100
Announced 2012, February
Status Coming soon. Exp. release 2012, May
BODY Dimensions 123.9 x 60.2 x 13.9 mm, 95.5 cc
Weight 169 g
DISPLAY Type AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 360 x 640 pixels, 4.0 inches (~184 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass
– Nokia ClearBlack display
SOUND Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
– Dolby Digital Plus
– Dolby headphone enhancement
MEMORY Card slot microSD, up to 32 GB
Internal 16 GB storage, 1 GB ROM, 512 MB RAM
DATA GPRS Class 33
EDGE Class 33
Speed HSDPA 14.4 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, UPnP technology
Bluetooth Yes, v3.0 with A2DP
NFC Yes
USB Yes, microUSB v2.0, USB On-the-go support
CAMERA Primary 41 MP (38 MP effective, 7152 x 5368 pixels), Carl Zeiss optics, autofocus, Xenon flash
Features 1/1.2” sensor size, ND filter, up to 4x lossless digital zoom, geo-tagging, face detection
Video Yes, 1080p@30fps, lossless digital zoom, LED light
Secondary Yes, VGA; VGA@30fps video recording
FEATURES OS Nokia Belle OS
CPU 1.3 GHz ARM 11
Sensors Accelerometer, proximity, compass
Messaging SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
Browser HTML5, Adobe Flash Lite
Radio Stereo FM radio with RDS; FM transmitter
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support
Java Yes, MIDP 2.1
Colors Black, White, Red
– SNS integration
– Active noise cancellation with a dedicated mic
– HDMI port
– MP3/WMA/WAV/eAAC+ player
– MP4/H.264/H.263/WMV player
– Voice command/dial
– Document viewer
– Video/photo editor
– Predictive text input
BATTERY Standard battery, Li-Ion 1400 mAh (BV-4D)
Stand-by Up to 465 h (2G) / Up to 540 h (3G)
Talk time Up to 11 h (2G) / Up to 6 h 50 min (3G)