Nokia has just announced a new smartphone with a built-in digital camera that has a 41-megapixel sensor.
That is not a typo. The new Nokia 808 Pure View, announced at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this morning, has a digital camera inside with a 41-megapixel sensor.
Add to that sensor a Carl Zeiss lens (f/2.4) and you have what sounds like the photographic/cellular tour de force device of all time.
Don't forget, this is also a smartphone. It has a 4-inch Nokia “TrueBlack” touchscreen, a 1.3GHz (single core processor), a pentaband modem (tops out at HSPA speeds of 14.4Mbps), 512MB of RAM, 16GB of built-in storage (plus a microSD card memory expansion slot), Nokia's terrific GPS system, Wi-fi, Bluetooth 3.0 – and on and on and on.
Because this device has been under development for more than five years, the 808 runs on Nokia's tried and true (and almost completely left for dead) Symbian operating system. Not Microsoft's Windows Phone OS.
Actually it's the latest, improved/upgraded/modernized version of Symbian called Anna – which we're currently testing on a Nokia E7 handset. In our early tests, Anna seems to have a lot of life left in her. A full review is forthcoming.
From some of the test photos that have been released, the 808 looks like an absolutely amazing performer. We'll know more when we get to play with a test sample from the production run.
Nokia says the 808 Pure View will retail for 450 euros (currently $602 US) when it arrives this spring. No word yet on whether a U.S. carriers will actually carry the phone.