41MP Nokia PureView Camera Tech Coming to Windows Phone

Nokia has confirmed that the 41MP camera tech of the 808 PureView Symbian phone, seen at Mobile World Congress 2012, will come to the Windows Phone Lumia series. Hands up – who wants a 40MP Nokia Lumia 800?

The Nokia PureView 808, a 41-megapixel smartphone, caused quite a stir at its launch in Mobile World Congress 2012, but it was criticised for using a version of Symbian – a musty-smelling, aged OS. Nokia has now confirmed that the technology used in the PureView 808 will graduate from Symbian to Windows Phone in the future, as part of the Lumia range that’s home to the Nokia Lumia 800, 900 and 610.
Nokia 808 PureView
This news comes from an interview in Finnish newspaper Aamuleht with Nokia senior vice president of mobile phones Jo Harlow, who said “I can’t say precisely when [the Windows Phone edition will launch], but it will not take very long.”

The phone will likely arrive following the Windows Phone Apollo update, which should see a further loosening of the restrictions placed on Windows Phone devices. However, this update is not expected to launch until much later this year – as seen in a leaked roadmap document. WMPoweruser writes that “reliable” sources have informed it that the camera-centric Lumia phone will not arrive until mid-2013. By which time the apocalypse may have struck, leaving polar bears to rule the Earth.Jo Harlow
Nokia’s Jo Harlow. Likes using two phones

We hope that Harlow’s timing is more on the mark than other sources, because the Lumia range to-date has marked a return to form for the once-smartphone-king.  However, current models like the Lumia 800 haven’t yet made enough of a dent in the supremacy of iPhone and Android – as evidenced by Nokia’s sales forecasts for the Lumia 800 being cut in half in November 2011.

Is it too late for Nokia to claw its way back into the big leagues?

via Daily Tech

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