Nokia 808 Pureview joins Lumia 800 in space

Nokia seems to like the idea of putting its smartphones into the high reaches of the atmosphere. Earlier this month, the company reported that a Lumia 800 was attached to a weather balloon and sent sent aloft over Wales, going as high as 105,000 feet.

Now Nokia has released a new video that shows the same thing being done with its new 808 Pureview smartphone. This time the launch was made in Iceland, with the video showing a lot of the country's beautiful terrain as the team from Nokia prep the smartphone for its balloon journey to the upper atmosphere.

The first attempt apparently was a failure as the package with the 808 Pureview went into the sea. The second balloon launch was more successful as the package with the smartphone was recovered and taken back to the team.

The last few seconds of the video actually shows the image taken by the 808 Pureview from where the team claims was 34 km (about 21 miles) above Iceland. The ending is a bit anti-climatic; we were hoping for more after over five minutes of build up. Still, there's not many smartphones that have been put that high above the Earth, so that's something at least.

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Woo, go Iceland! Btw, "alwaysonacoffebreak", if you wanna wait for a still morning here I hope you have A LOT of patience. The Lumia Pureview would've been out before this video

The actual reason for these is they are actually trying to improve weather balloon reporting with software that is installed on the phone, similar to the lumia 800 that went before.

BIG woop the video sucked and the final few seconds showed what some cloud ooooo that's good NOT and the people who made the video are idiots you don't let balloons go in high winds you wait for a still morning otherwise you stand to loose everything like they did

Athlonite said,
BIG woop the video sucked and the final few seconds showed what some cloud ooooo that's good NOT and the people who made the video are idiots you don't let balloons go in high winds you wait for a still morning otherwise you stand to loose everything like they did

You were drunk writing that right?

Nashy said,
Two words. Vodafone Australia.

Yeah their coverage is pretty woeful
Toysoldier said,
One word. iPhone

Does not have very good coverage either

-T- said,

Yeah their coverage is pretty woeful

Does not have very good coverage either

Yeah I was kinda going along with the Vodafone quote

ACTIONpack said,
Looks like they are backing out with the Windows Phone platform. :-(

that's the dumbest reply I have seen in a while, do you even read the news or pay attention to anything

ACTIONpack said,
Looks like they are backing out with the Windows Phone platform. :-(

Wow really? Do you enjoy being that ignorant or is it just your natural state?

ACTIONpack said,
Looks like they are backing out with the Windows Phone platform. :-(

And samsung is abandoning android because they're developing Tizen