Barcelona, Spain - Nokia went to the Mobile World Congress with the world's first 42-megapixel cameraphone and an entry-level Windows phone that runs on an updated Windows OS designed for lower powered smartphones.
The 42-megapixel cameraphone is the Symbian-based
, the company's first phone with proprietary PureView imaging technologies that combine 41-megapixel sensor, Carl Zeiss f/2.4 lens, pixel-oversampling, and Nokia-developed algorithms to enhance camera performance. The 41-megapixel sensor makes it possible to zoom without a loss of clarity to create high-quality standard-resolution pictures, the company said. The sensor delivers 3x lossless zoom for still pictures, 4x lossless zoom for 1080p video capture, 6x lossless zoom for 720p video capture, and 12x zoom for taking 640x380 videos.
Taking a picture at a maximum
resolution lets users zoom, reframe, crop and resize a picture after taking the shot to show new levels of detail, the company added.
Pixel oversampling combines seven pixels into one pixel to filter away visual noise, greatly reducing the grainy look of pictures taken in low light, Nokia continued. Other camera features include Xenon flash for picture taking and LED light for video recording.
To go with the high-resolution videos, the phone incorporates proprietary Rich Recording technology to deliver "
previously attainable only with external microphones, the company contended. The device also features Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 surround decoding and Dolby Headphone technology, which delivers a surround sound experience through headphones from stereo and multichannel content.
The 808 PureView uses the Symbian OS, which Nokia has targeted mainly to developing countries, but the phone could be activated on HSPA+ 42Mbps networks in the U.S. because it operates in the U.S. 850/1900MHz bands and U.S. 1700/2100MHz AWS band. It also operates in HSPA+ 42Mbps mode in foreign 900/2100MHz bands.
Other key 808 features include 4-inch 16:9 640x360 AMOLED touchscreen, 16GB embedded memory, 32GB MicroSD card slot, DLNA, HDMI port, near-field communication (NFC), Wi-Fi, and FM tuner.
The phone will be available in the second quarter in unspecified countries.
In launching the Lumia 610 smartphone, the company is incorporating a Windows Phone 7.5 OS update that enables the OS to operate on phones with lower memory capacities and lower processing power. The Lumia 610 phone, which will be one of the industry's first phones with the update, features 256MB RAM and 800MHz processor. The previous version of Windows Phone 7.5 required a minimum 1GHz processor and more RAM.
In the U.S., Nokia already offers a low-priced Lumia 710, subsidized by T-Mobile, at $49, but the Lumia 610 could be priced lower if brought to the U.S. Although Nokia didn't specify the countries in which it would begin launching the device in the second quarter, the Lumia 610 operates in 3G HSDPA mode in U.S. 850/1900MHz bands and foreign 900/1900MHz bands.
The new model is designed to reach the youth market and provide a core Windows Phone experience and run more than 95 percent of the apps in the Windows Marketplace, Microsoft said. Entry-level devices running the updated OS will lack automatic SkyDrive backup of content in the cloud and deliver a reduced video experience.
The Lumia 610, for example, captures video at only VGA resolution, whereas previous Lumia phones captured video at a minimum 720p.
Other 610 features include 3.7-inch WVGA touchscreen, 8GB of storage, and 5-megapixel camera.