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Nokia Readies 42-Megapixel Camera Phone


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

The 42-megapixel cameraphone is
the Symbian-based Nokia 808 Pure-
View, the company’s first phone with
proprietary PureView imaging technologies
combining 41-megapixel sensor,
Carl Zeiss f/2.4 lens, pixel-oversampling,
and Nokia-developed algorithms
to enhance camera performance. The
41-megapixel 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 640 by 380 videos.

Taking a picture at a maximum
38-megapixel 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 reduces 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.

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.
850/1,900MHz bands and U.S.
1,700/2,100MHz AWS band. It also
operates in HSPA+ 42Mbps mode in
foreign 900/2,100MHz bands.

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.

The new model will run more than
95 percent of the apps in the Windows
Marketplace, Microsoft said.

In the U.S., Nokia already offers a
low-priced Lumia 710, subsidized by TMobile,
at $49, but the Lumia 610 could
be priced lower if brought to the U.S.
The Lumia 610 operates in 3G HSDPA
mode in U.S. 850/1,900MHz bands
and foreign 900/1,900MHz bands.

Other 610 features include 3.7-inch
WVGA touchscreen, 8GB of storage
and 5-megapixel camera.