By: Vincent Chang | 27th Feb 2012

Nokia has ­shown off a new smartphone that can take photos at up to 38 megapixel resolution.

The Nokia 808 PureView is also Nokia's first smartphone to feature Nokia PureView imaging technologies, bringing together high resolution sensors, exclusive Carl Zeiss optics and Nokia developed image processing algorithms.

Despite the new imaging technology, buried in the specifications is the revelation that this smartphone will still use the Symbian operating system.

The Nokia 808 PureView features a 41 megapixel sensor with Carl Zeiss optics and new pixel oversampling technology.

At standard resolutions (2/3, 5 and 8 megapixels) this means the ability to zoom without loss of clarity and capture seven pixels of information, condensing into one pixel for the sharpest images imaginable. At high-resolution (38 megapixel maximum) it means the ability to capture an image, then zoom, reframe, crop and resize afterwards to expose previously unseen levels of details.

In addition to superior still imaging technology, the Nokia 808 PureView, also includes full HD 1080p video recording and playback with 4X lossless zoom and the world's first use of Nokia Rich Recording. Rich Recording enables audio recording at CD-like levels of quality, previously only possible with external microphones.

"Nokia PureView imaging technology sets a new industry standard by whatever measure you use," said Jo Harlow, executive vice president of Nokia Smart Devices. "People will inevitably focus on the 41 megapixel sensor, but the real quantum leap is how the pixels are used to deliver breath-taking image quality at any resolution and the freedom it provides to choose the story you want to tell."

Pricing and launch dates were not confirmed.


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