Nokia Readies 42-Megapixel Camera Phone

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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 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.


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