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Nokia unveils new smartphone with a 41-megapixel camera

Yes, you read that right. (That’s five times the resolution of the latest iPhone.)

The Nokia PureView 808
The Nokia PureView 808
Image: Nokia via YouTube

NOKIA HAS UNVEILED a new smartphone with a 41-megapixel resolution camera – far higher than anything offered by its competitors.

The Nokia 808 PureView, which the company showed today at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, will take photos at a resolution five times that offered by the iPhone 4S with its humble 8-megapixel sensor.

And it’s far higher even than many dedicated SLR cameras, with consumer-grade offerings from Canon and Nikon mostly around the 10-12 megapixel mark. Of course, higher megapixels are no guarantee of quality.

And it’s not quite that simple. According to the company website the PureView will use “over-sampling” technology to produce images which actually have an effective resolution of five megapixels – but somehow incorporate data from the larger image.

It claims this also means users can zoom in up to 3x without sacrificing resolution, unlike most smartphone cameras.

The results are “very impressive”, according to the Wall Street Journal, which notes “extremely sharp” images and “crystal clear detail”.

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Images on the Nokia site appear to show a handset that looks thicker than competitors including the iPhone and Samsung Galaxy 2, presumably to accommodate the lens and sensor. The phone will be available from May and cost around €450, according to the Guardian.

This video from Nokia’s channel shows the phone in action:

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