Nokia has just unveiled the Nokia 808 PureView. The phone sports a whopping 41 megapixel camera, when high end smartphones offered by the competition offer 8 to 12 megapixel cameras. The Samsung Galaxy S2 and iPhone 4S both sport 8 megapixel cameras. The Sony XPERIA S sports a 12 megapixel camera. 41 megapixels is definitely leaps beyond what the current flagships have to offer.
If you thought that this would be one-time affair just like the Nokia N8 and its 12 megapixel camera, think again. At Mobile World Congress, the Finnish phone manufacturer announced that it would be introducing the same camera technology into its future lineup.
This new 41 megapixel camera allows users shoot using various resolutions. Users can opt to snap pictures using the standard 5 to 8 megapixels, which can be then blown up to an extremely larger size. The most resolution one can use is 38 megapixels, which allows you to enjoy rich details not offered by standard camera sensors.
To compliment this massive sensor, the 808 PureView will need high-quality lens to do the job right. Nokia has done exactly this with Carl Zeiss optics.
Unfortunately, the 808 PureView is powered by Symbian Belle. Although this might be disappointing, Nokia did say that it would be launching future phones sporting the same technology. So don’t be surprised if we see a Windows Phone sporting a massive sensor soon.
Other specs include 512 MB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, and microSD support, which is essential if you’re planning to store 38 megapixel shots in the phone. The phone’s camera can record videos at 1080p. Nokia Rich Recording allows CD-like audio quality that does not require the need to make use of external microphones. The phone also offers Dolby Digital Plus for 5.1 surround sound.
The Nokia 808 PureView will be hitting shops in May and will set you back €450 (approximately £380).
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