Nokia’s next-gen Windows Phone may get a 41-megapixel camera

Nokia logoNokia is angling to release a Windows Phone handset with a real-deal PureView camera, reports The Verge. The next generation Lumia would include a 41-megapixel sensor similar to the one found in Nokia’s Belle-powered 808 PureView smartphone, and would help it stand out in a sea of 8-megapixel cameras embedded in diminutive black slabs.

The specs of the Nokia 808 PureView’s sensor blew us away when it was revealed at Mobile World Congress last year—it had a giant camera protrusion from the back that resembled a periscope (we explained last year the merits of the massive sensor and its ability to oversample pixels). The phone didn’t launch in the US, it used Nokia’s own operating system, and it didn't rack up huge sales numbers, but its attempt to push the smartphone camera out of the 5-to-8 megapixel comfort zone earned it attention.

When the Nokia Lumia 920 was announced in fall 2012 alongside Windows Phone 8, the PureView branding of its camera created brief speculation that it would carry the same 41-megapixel sensor as the 808 PureView. Ultimately, Nokia’s use of the PureView brand turned out to be more flexible, and the Lumia 920 had just an 8-megapixel camera with some expanded functionality.

But the real PureView sensor may be coming to the next Lumia phone, which is codenamed EOS and may be made of aluminum instead of the polycarbonate Nokia previously favored for its highest-end phones. The body would be shared by another rumored Nokia phone, codenamed Catwalk.

Nokia EOS: 41 мегапиксель и Windows Phone 8

According to The Verge, the EOS is set for a US launch in 2013, likely with AT&T, as early as summer.

Source: Ars Technica

Tags: Nokia, smartphones, Windows Phone 7

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