Nalini Muppala

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Casualties Of The Smartphone Juggernaut-2

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Nokia phones long renowned for powerful cameras might be taking on standalone digital cameras. The cameras in some of Nokia’s phones easily rival capabilities of point and shoot cameras. According to Anssi Vanjoki, the sales chief of Nokia, high end phones will soon give Digital SLR cameras a run for their money. Citing advances in camera phone technology, Mr. Vanjoki said

They will in the very near future revolutionise the market for system cameras.

Last year, I wrote that high end cameras might be safe. May be not.

Today, Nokia announced N8, its latest smartphone. Among other features, what stands out is that N8 is capable of recording HD video at 720p. This phone can drive a 40″ TV via HDMI interface. The battery is big enough to support 6 hours of video playback with HDMI.

Multiple vendors – Qualcomm, ST-Ericsson, Marvell  – have phone platforms that support recording 720p video or better. Expect more phones to follow in N8’s footsteps.

The use case of a phone being set aside to drive a TV for this long might not be convincing. But you see how the phone is encroaching on set top boxes and SLR cameras.

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Written by Nalini Kumar Muppala

April 27, 2010 at 10:46 pm

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