Nokia to Introduce Lumia EOS Smartphone with 41MP PureView Camera Next Month

Nokia to “Reinvent Zoom” on July 11, 2013

by Anton Shilov
06/13/2013 | 08:49 PM

Nokia Corp. has begun to send out invitations to an event called “Zoom Reinvented”. While officially the company does not reveal anything particular about what it plans to announce, the media relations department of the company has already confirmed via Twitter that the firm intends to unleash its highly-anticipated code-named Eos smartphone, which is believed to be equipped with, presumably, 41MP camera.

 

Last week many web-sites have published images of a Nokia smartphone that has massive camera module with XXMP sensor, PureView technology, xenon flash and Carl Zeiss lens assembly. It was generally believed that the product was the highly-discussed code-named Eos smartphone. It was indicated back then that the device is ready and is awaiting its formal introduction. With the Zoom Reinvented event set on July 11, 2013, as well as confirmations from Nokia’s representatives, it is obvious that the company is going to unveil the new Lumia handset with ultra-high-end camera at the show.

Based on images published by GSMArena and ViziLeaks, Nokia Lumia smartphone with 41MP image sensor code-named Eos is made of polycarbonate and has design that is similar to that of Nokia Lumia 920/928. 

 

Specifications of the product are unclear, but given that Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 application processor that powers the second-generation Lumia phones does not support camera resolutions higher than 13MP, it is unlikely that Nokia will use this chip. It is more likely that the company will use the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 (with 21MP camera support) or the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 application processor that supports up to 55MP image sensor. Given the fact that the Snapdragon 800 and 600 are quad-core application processors, their support will only be a part of Windows Phone 8 general distribution release 3 (GDR3) update due only later this year. Therefore, either the new Lumia Eos is at least a quarter away, or Nokia have implemented a different way to support the high-resolution image sensor.

The original PureView technology introduced with Nokia 808 smartphone featured a large, high-resolution HES9 41MP sensor from Toshina with Carl Zeiss optics and an innovative 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.

Nokia did not comment on the specs of the products.