Nokia announces 808 PureView with 41-megapixel camera, Lumia 610 Windows Phone

Alex Wagner
Editorial Director of News and Content from  Omaha, NE
| February 26, 2012

Nokia 808 PureView

This morning Nokia announced its additions to the parade of new phones being announced at Mobile World Congress, and the Finnish firm definitely brought a variety of devices to show. First up is the Nokia 808 PureView, a Nokia Belle (Symbian) handset with a 41-megapixel camera. Yep, 41 megapixels. Nokia explains that the camera doesn't take full-on 41-megapixel photos, though, instead maxing out at shows with a max resolution of 38 megapixels. When a user selects that option, Nokia says that they'll be able to zoom in, crop and resize and still be left with a quality image. When selecting a standard resolution photo like 5 or 8 megapixels, the camera performs pixel oversampling to take seven pixels and cram them into one pixel. The camera, which unsurprisingly causes a bit of a hump on the 808 PureView's rear, also shoots 1080p video.

Moving on to the rest of the 808 PureView, you can expect to find a 4-inch 640x360 touchscreen, 1.3GHz single-core processor, 512MB RAM, 16GB storage, NFC and a 1,400mAh battery. It'll be available in black, white or red when it launches, though Nokia hasn't given up precise launch information just yet.

Next up we've got a shiny new Windows Phone, the Nokia Lumia 610. This device showed up in leaked renders yesterday and, well, looks pretty similar to what we saw then. Aimed at a "younger audience," the Lumia 610 will debut in the second quarter at a price of EUR189, which works out to around $253. It's packing a 3.7-inch 800x480 display, 800MHz single-core Snapdragon S1 processor, 5-megapixel camera, 8GB storage, 256MB RAM and a 1,300mAh battery powering the whole thing. Also on board is Windows Phone 7.5. Nokia announced that it'll be offering the Lumia 900 in an HSPA variant for countries where LTE isn't yet available.

Finally, Nokia introduced a trio of new Asha feature phones. The 202 and 203 are actually almost the same phone, the only difference being that the 202 supports dual SIMs. Both phones have a 2.4-inch QVGA display, 2-megapixel camera, EDGE connectivity and the Series 40 OS. Meanwhile, the Asha 302 features a 3.2-inch QVGA display, 1GHz core, 3.2-megapixel camera, a physical QWERTY keyboard, HSPA connectivity and Series 40.

So there's Nokia's MWC 2012 lineup. There may not be any new high-end Windows Phones like some folks may have been hoping for, but the Lumia 610 looks like it could be a really nice affordable handset on the lower-end. And then there's the 808 PureView and its crazy 41-megapixel camera, which will likely pique the interest of just about anyone interested in taking photos. Now we wait to see if and when we'll be able to get on our hands on these new Nokia phones here in the U.S. Until then, you can find the press releases for all of the aforementioned handsets at the Nokia links below. What do you all make of Nokia's announcements?

Nokia Lumia 610

Via The Verge, Nokia (1), (2), (3), (4)