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Nokia Pure View Camera Revealed as 41MP Sensor in a Smartphone [Sample Photos]

By Wesley Fenlon

How good do 41MP images look when oversampled and presented as 5MP images? So good.

Nokia announced a new budget-priced Lumia WP7 phone and a trio of budget Symbian phones at MWC on Monday. The affordable Lumia 610 and the Symbian handsets will help the company in the low end of the market, but no one at the conference was paying much attention thanks to the other phone Nokia announced--the phone they teased with their "PureView" video last week. The Nokia 808 PureView looks like a normal Symbian phone from the front. Turn to the back, and you'll see one unusually large camera hump protruding from the 808.

That hump comes from the 41 megapixel sensor inside the Nokia 808, its f/2.4 lens and giant flash. The sensor's so big pictures can be zoomed 3X without any loss of image quality. But the more useful implementation of that high megapixel count comes from oversampling, which allows the phone to squeeze a massive photo down to a more normal size like 5MP, tossing out the noisier pixels to create the best possible image.

As the video reveals, even the flash on the Nokia 808 is a monster--it's twice as powerful as the Xenon flash on the N8. Naturally, the phone has a dedicated camera button and records 1080p video at 30fps. The smartphone specs aren't too shabby, either, though they're normal in comparison to the camera sensor. The Nokia 808 features a single-core 1.3GHz processor 512MB of RAM, 16GB of onboard storage and microSD expansion.

The Nokia 808 is, unsurprisingly, a bit thick compared to other smartphones, and weighs 169 grams (5.9 ounces), 29 grams more than the iPhone 4S. As a Symbian Belle phone, the 808 isn't the best candidate for a US release, but it should launch in Europe for about €450 in Q2.