Sunday, 29 April 2012

Nokia’s PureView branded Lumia smartphone unlikely to launch anytime soon

Nokia blew the pants off everyone at this year’s MWC when it announced the 808 PureView with its mind-numbing 41-megapixel camera sensor. We checked out the device ourselves recently and pretty convinced it is the best camera we have seen on a smartphone ever and might even choose it over a high-end stand alone point-and-shoot camera. However, the 808 has a shortcoming – it runs on Symbian, a dated OS that just cannot compete with iOS, Android or Windows Phone OS. At MWC, Nokia had said it will bring PureView technology to its future Windows Phone running Lumia range of smartphones. However, sources tell us that such a device could be at least a year if not two away.

According to multiple people within Nokia as well as an analyst, Windows Phone as a platform is just not ready at the moment to support all the hardware as well as processing requirements for PureView-like technology. It would take at least a year, if not more, for both Microsoft and Nokia to be able to make a Lumia device running PureView camera tech. This could very well mean the end of my hopes of seeing THIS PureView branded Lumia smartphone at Nokia World in September this year.

On a personal note, I’d still be rooting for Nokia to prove everyone (including some of its own employees) wrong and launch a PureView Lumia smartphone at Nokia World. After all, what makes a better comeback story than an underdog dashing everyone’s hope and coming out on top?