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Nokia 808 pushes 41 mega-pixel Carl Zeiss optics

by Steven Mostyn - Feb 28 2012, 18:50

Image: Nokia.

Is it a smartphone or is it a camera? Generally speaking, limited mega-pixel performance on handsets has thus far kept smartphones very much as smartphones and not cutting-edge cameras. However, that was before the Nokia 808 PureView.

Unveiled by Nokia during this week’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, the 808 PureView packs quite the snap-happy punch thanks to its 41 mega-pixels of performance—which significantly eclipses the current high-end 8.0 mega-pixel sensors used in today’s smartphones.

In describing its latest portable offering, Nokia outlines that its Carl Zeiss optics utilize “oversampling to combine up to seven pixels into one ‘pure’ pixel, eliminating the visual noise found on other mobile phone cameras.”

It also points out that users “can zoom in up to 3x without losing any of the detail in [their] shot—and there’s no artificially created pixels in the picture either.”

Of course, such a high pixel count will take a significant toll in terms of on-board memory, but, while Nokia expects most snappers to take photos at a lower setting of around 5.0 mega-pixels, it wants the expansive sensor range to be available should users choose to use it.

Other aspects aboard the 808 PureView include 1080p high definition video recording, a 4.0-inch AMOLED touchscreen (640x340), 16GBs of storage, a paltry 512MBs of RAM, a single-core 1.3GHz processor, NFC functionality, support for microSD expansion, and Nokia’s new Belle operating system.

Nokia has not yet said when the 808 PureView will formally arrive or how much it’s expected to cost. But, given the somewhat disappointing specs beyond the camera unit, we wouldn’t expect it be a bank breaker.

 

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