Nokia Reveals Camera Phone With a 41-megapixel Sensor

Mobile World Congress is a trade show with a buzz to rival that of CES Las Vegas. However, similar to the problem companies face when choosing to announce products in Vegas, it's hard to stick out at a show where device launches are happening multiple times per day. How do you get the press to pay attention to your tablet when there are 10 others a stone's throw away?

Nokia has figured out that the best way to turn heads is to announce something different. Meet the 808 PureView, a phone that packs a camera with a whopping 41-megapixel sensor. This is a successor to the Nokia N8, so it's a Symbian phone (sorry WP7 lovers), and it boasts a 1.3GHz single-core chip, 512MB of RAM, 16GB of storage (expandable via microSD) and a 4-inch display. Lastly, it has that all important 41-megapixel sensor with Carl Zeiss optics, 4X zoom and the ability to record full 1080p HD.

Now, you might think a 41-megapixel sensor is kind of overkill on a phone, but Nokia is really targeting the enthusiast with this phone and the high resolution will give folks the opportunity to take close ups and crop photos without sacrificing quality. (Note: the square sensor is capable of 41 megapixels, but it's confined to 38 megapixels maximum when forced into the standard photo aspect ratios.)

"At high-resolution (38 megapixel maximum) it means the ability to capture an image, then zoom, reframe, crop and resize afterwards to expose previously unseen levels of details," Nokia said. "With superior low-light performance and the ability to save in compact file sizes for sharing in email, MMS, and on social networks, the Nokia 808 PureView makes it possible for anyone to capture professional looking images in any conditions."

The only downside we see to this phone is that it's a Symbian device, which means Windows Phone lovers who might otherwise have been tempted will no doubt skip the PureView 808. No word from Nokia if it plans to develop a beefy camera phone for its primary smartphone OS. Availability for the U.S. has yet to be discussed, but Europe should get the device in May and Engadget reports that pricing will be set at around €450.

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