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Nokia just unveiled an incredible camera phone called the 808 PureView during Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The device features a stunning 41-megapixel camera. Nokia says this is only the beginning and that it will introduce the sensor into many more products in the future. The phone is expected to begin rolling out in May for 450 Euros and it will be available in a variety of colors.

Symbian has always enjoyed a reputation for producing impressive camera phones, and the Nokia 808 Pure View, has certainly upped the game.

As with other Nokia phones it uses Karl Zeiss lenses, but what makes this phone radically different is it features a sensor with an incredible 41 Megapixel capacity, either 7728×5354 in 16:9 format, or 7152×5368 in 4:3.

The phone uses a technique that Nokia calls over-sampling, to produce crystal clear, noiseless images with an effective resolution of 5 megapixels. The camera uses a dedicated graphics processing unit to combine algorithmically groups of up to seven pixels to produce one “super” pixel. The GPU processes one billion pixels a second.

In addition the massive over-sampling allows the camera to digitally zoom up to 4x with no loss in quality. Shooting video in full 1080p video allows for 3x zoom, or up to 6x zoom if shot in 720p definition.

This is Nokia’s first smartphone to feature our exclusive new PureView technology, which completely blows away any prior expectations about the quality of camera phone photography.The Nokia 808 PureView features a 41-megapixel sensor with our highest performance Carl Zeiss optics to date and Nokia’s brand-new pixel oversampling technology.

It’s also a smartphone

Outside the camera, it’s also a great smartphone, of course! Inside, it’s got the latest Nokia Belle operating system with Feature Pack 1 enhancements. These enhancements allow improved performance, personalisation and entertainment options, with a new browser, the latest Nokia Maps and an improved notifications bar. One other great new feature is that the phone can deliver content recorded in surround sound to any stereo headphones, using technology from Dolby.

The screen is a four-inch, ClearBlack AMOLED display underneath Gorilla Glass, allowing for a big clear view of what’s going on, under any lighting conditions. Inside, there’s a 1.3GHz processor to keep everything humming. There’s 16GB of internal user memory, with support for MicroSD cards up to 32GB to contain all the pictures and video you’ll be shooting.

The device is remarkably pocketable considering how much there is inside. It’s only slightly larger than the Nokia N8 while the total weight, including the battery, is 169g. Talk time (over a 3G network) is rated at 6.5 hours, with a standby time of up to 540 hours.

Source : technobuffalo.com , Nokia , http://live.theverge.com/Event/Nokia_MWC_2012_event , http://conversations.nokia.com