Nokia’s building a Windows Phone 8 device with a monster camera

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Nokia could finally give everyone a reason to buy a Windows Phone 8 smartphone. Nokia’s 808 PureView smartphone caught everyone’s attention for one reason, and it wasn’t its screen. The phone has a 41-megapixel camera.

As we explained last year, the 41-megapixel sensor isn’t used to print massive posters, but to oversample pixels. Instead of one pixel, the PureView sensor samples seven and then turns it into a “pure” pixel. The final result is an image that can be zoomed in at three times with no noticeable detail loss. Nokia’s PureView camera also shoots photos in low-light settings at f/2.0 aperture with reduced blur.

Unfortunately, the phone got stuck with an operating system that is now officially dead and $700 sticker price. It also didn't help that the phone was only sold in the U.S. on Amazon.

But there’s still hope! According to The Verge, Nokia is planning to release a high-end Lumia smartphone running Windows Phone 8 with a similar sensor as the one in the 808 PureView. AT&T will reportedly sell the phone, which is said to have an “aluminum body and squared edges.”

Will pro photographers finally have a smartphone with a camera that will do them proud? Fingers crossed!

Via The Verge

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