The only thing that really matters for a smartphone is lens quality. Megapixels are irrelevant.
Nokia Corp. has confirmed that it is preparing the launch of the new Lumia 928 flagship smartphone based on Windows Phone 8 operating system. While the new device will feature PureView camera technology with Carl Zeiss optics, it will not feature the very same camera found on the Nokia 808 PureView phone, hence, it will unlikely feature truly breakthrough image quality.
On Tuesday Nokia has posted ads in several paper magazines and also launched a special sub-web-site that compares quality of video filmed in low-light conditions by Lumia’s 8.7MP PureView camera with Carl Zeiss optics and optical image stabilization against quality of video filmed using Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone’s 8MP cam. Needless to say, Nokia Lumia 928 offers better quality thanks to the use of extensive technologies. However, it is unclear whether there is a difference between Nokia Lumia’s 920’s 8.7MP with PureView OIS cam and Lumia 928’s camera.
While Nokia does not reveal any specs of the Lumia 928, it looks like it will not feature the same 41MP sensor as on the Nokia 808 PureView smartphone. As it appears, the Lumia 928 will feature 8.7MP sensor with Carl Zeiss optics, PureView technology and optical image stabilization (essentially, the same as is used on the Lumia 920). Consequently, the new phone will not sport the same quality of photos as the Nokia 808 PureView predecessor based on Symbian Belle operating system.
Nokia 808 PureView handset featured Toshiba HES9 CMOS image sensor (CIS) with 41MP resolution with Analog Devices AD5814 chip, which is suspected to be the lens driver solution for the Carl Zeiss lens assembly. The chip also featured Broadcom BCM2763 multimedia processor, one of the first multimedia chips with support for 20MP still camera and full 1080p camcorder capabilities. The new Lumia 928 will likely feature Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 application processor with 13MP camera support, making it impossible to install a 41MP image sensor and use it with pixel oversampling technology.
Nokia Lumia 928, which is expected to feature 4.5” AMOLED display, dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 1.5GHz application processor, LPDDR2 memory and 32GB of NAND flash memory, looks to be considerably thicker than the Lumia 920. There are other differences in the design of the new flagship smartphone as well.
Nokia Lumia 928 is expected to hit the market this month.