Nokia Readies Lumia Smartphone with 41MP PureView Camera - Reports

Nokia to Wed Windows Phone 8 and 41MP Camera

by Anton Shilov
01/23/2013 | 08:08 PM

Two media reports that were published on Wednesday claim that Nokia Corp. intends to unleash its highly-anticipated smartphone with Microsoft Corp.’s Windows Phone 8 operating system and high-end 41MP image sensor with PureView technologies at the Mobile World Congress this February. If the rumours are correct, then Nokia is on track to release a rather unique smartphone that could revolutionize the market.


Nokia is working on a Windows Phone 8-based smartphone code-named “Eos” that is expected to feature 41MP image sensor with PureView technology as well as high-end Carl Zeiss lenses, according to reports by My Nokia Blog and The Verge. The handset will most likely be the highest-end solution in the Nokia Lumia range, will likely feature other technology advantages and will become the company’s “dream phone” designed to outshine everything that is on the market today.

For quite a while Nokia’s lineup of products lacked “dream phones”, which offered both extreme performance in today’s applications as well as unique technologies that will only be found in future handsets. While such phones may not be bestsellers, they create a “halo” effect for the whole product family.

The PureView technology features a large, high-resolution 41MP sensor with Carl Zeiss optics and new pixel oversampling technology. At standard resolutions (2/3, 5 and 8MP) this means the ability to zoom without loss of clarity and capture seven pixels of information, condensing into one pixel for the sharpest images imaginable, according to Nokia. At high-resolution (38MP maximum) it means the ability to capture an image, then zoom, reframe, crop and resize afterwards to expose previously unseen levels of details. In addition to superior still imaging technology, the Nokia PureView, also includes full HD 1080p video recording and Nokia Rich Recording that enables audio recording at CD-like levels of quality, previously only possible with external microphones. Previously, PureView was only available on Nokia 808 Symbian Belle-based smartphone.

No exact details about Nokia Lumia with PureView have been revealed, but media reports suggest that the novelty will be made of aluminum and will have slightly different design than the current Lumia products. Theoretically, Nokia should equip its “dream phone” with advanced application processor, high-speed LPDDR2 memory and extreme-performance NAND flash storage so that to make 41MP images actually viable.

Nokia did not comment on the news-story.