MWC 2012 Update – Nokia Launches Unprecedented 41 Megapixel Camera Smartphone – 808 Pure View

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In Mobile World Congress, Nokia has unveiled a new smartphone – 808 Pure View with an unprecedented 41 megapixel camera  sensor with Carl Zeiss optics. The price of this device is around 450 Euros  and it runs on Nokia Belle operating software that Nokia is reportedly phasing out in favor of the Windows.

The 41 megapixel sensor does not mean shooting pictures the size of billboards. Instead, it’s about creating pictures at normal, manageable sizes. It lets users shoot photos at different resolutions, say 2 megapixel, 3 megapixel, 5 megapixel, high resolution 8 megapixel or full resolution. The maximum resolution you can shoot at is 38 megapixels in 4:3 aspect ratio and 34 megapixels in 16:9 mode. The phone is able to shoot images that Nokia claims can be printed in “poster size”. Files, however, condense four or five pixels into one, and Nokia claims they are smaller than equivalent products from rivals.

PureView imaging technology is touted to be the result of many years of research and development and the tangible fruits of this work are excellent image quality, lossless zoom, and superior low light performance, said the company.  The phone is sized to fit in pockets, rather than replace a full-size camera. The phone comes equipped with a 1/1.2″ sensor, which is approximately 2.5 larger than the sensor used in the Nokia N8.

Besides, the camera performance also extends to video. The camera allows for 1080p recording at 30fps, with 4X lossless zoom thanks to the big sensor and powerful image processing which is said to be handling over 1 billion pixels per second. This phone is  powered by a 1.3 GHz processor, 4″ inch screen at 360×640, which is below HD resolution. It has 16 GB of internal user memory, with support for MicroSD cards up to 32 GB to contain all the pictures and video you’ll be shooting.

The new smartphone  is expected to be launched  in Europe in May and there is no indication available when this smartphone will be available in Asia and India.

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