It's beautiful, but is it practical? Nokia has revealed a gigantic 41MP image sensor on its upcoming Nokia 808 PureView smartphone, and file sizes supposedly won't be a problem.
Nokia overnight used Mobile World Congress to show off a significant breakthrough in camera phone technology: the "PureView" image sensor in the company's upcoming Nokia 808 PureView smartphone is capable of capturing still images at up to 41 megapixels -- a whopping 30-or-so megapixels better than what the best cameras on smartphones are currently capable of (and giving many top-end DSLRs a run for their money too). Reportedly utilising new 'pixel oversampling' technology five years in the making in-house at Nokia, PureView can then condense the otherwise impractically huge file sizes into compact and share-friendly 5MP images, still retaining the extra clarity and details of the larger high-res format when zooming in.
Strangely, the 808 PureView (above), the first phone to feature the new image tech, isn't a Windows Phone model. Nokia is running with the Belle release of its Symbian OS for the device, but we expect PureView to make its way into Nokia's Windows Phone lineup soon. Speaking of which, Nokia also took the opportunity at MWC to confirm expansions to its Lumia range of Windows Phone handsets. Complementing the recently launched Lumia 710 and 800
models, the company will be releasing a new budget-oriented Lumia 610 "globally" in April (for a wallet-friendly 189 Euros, in Europe at least) and 4G-capable Lumia 900. No word yet on when we'll see these devices in Australia, but we'll keep you posted.