The good news for Windows Phone fans is that Nokia is planning to debut a handset with PureView 41-megapixel technology this summer.
PureView saw the light of day last year on the Nokia 808 PureView (pictured above), and it’s technology which allows for a 41-megapixel camera, and some impressive pics.
However, the 808 was a Symbian phone – which was never going to sell that well, given the fact that Symbian is a dying platform. We, and many others, urged Nokia and Microsoft to get this tech onto Windows Phone asap – as it might well help the mobile OS gain further traction (in fairness, since the launch of Windows Phone 8, it has finally started to get some momentum).
So the rumour is, as aired by the Guardian, that Nokia will be bring PureView to a Windows Phone 8 handset this summer – currently known as the EOS. It’ll launch in the US this summer, anyway, and hopefully over here at the same time, or not long after.
The 41-megapixel snapper uses oversampling, meaning the actual photos don’t come out that size, but they eliminate noise typically caused in low light conditions (the biggest problem for the smartphone camera).
The Lumia 920 already has an impressive camera with tech such as image stabilisation on board – and coupled with this, the EOS will probably be the best snapping smartphone around.
The downside is that the PureView tech bulked out the 808 handset considerably, and will probably mean the EOS isn’t nearly the slimmest phone around – but with any luck, Nokia has refined the camera tech by now, so it has less impact on the thickness of the device.
The Lumia 920 is already criticised as being heavy in some parts of the tech world, so let’s hope the EOS doesn’t turn out on the rather too hefty side. Some compromise will probably have to come into play somewhere, though.