41 Megapixel Phone Debuts. Who Else But Nokia.
By: Jason Ciudaj (Contributing Editor)
Normally, I care very little for what gets unveiled at the Mobile World Congress. Seriously, after watching Myrealitytech’s insanely boring coverage of it last year, I almost subscribed to CNET. Almost. However, sweet Jesus!… Nokia just showed off their 41-megapixel sensor on the new Nokia 808 PureView. Now that’s one hell of a way to get some attention at a trade show where everyone is peddling something new. I can already see the PR headline in my head. “PureView. Because 12 MP simply doesn’t capture enough details” Seriously though? 41 MP? I know that MP doesn’t really mean cake nowadays but 41? Details are great but detail like that would be deadly on that otherwise-harmless looking zit on your face.
The phone packs a punch in other areas as well. It’s sporting a 1.3GHz single-core chip, 16GB microSD, 512MB of RAM, 4in display, Carl Zeiss optics, 4x zoom ( personally, they could’ve gone 10x zoom), and it can also take 1080p video. For those who don’t remember, or those who only have the iPhone in their limited brain cells, Nokia had a wonderful camera phone not too long ago by the name of N8. Coincidentally, the sweet looking metal and glass beauty was a giveaway prize here at MRT as well. I’ll let you guess who won one over a year ago. hehehe….Oh but that only came with a puny 12 MP sensor. With all the new specs crammed into the Nokia 808 PureView, there is now another reason desperate professional photographers need to find real jobs. Because lets face it, with all the detail being captured, I feel bad for the people who have to slather on twice the spackle to cover up Lindsey Lohan’s gigantic facial craters.
Right now this phone is only available in Europe where all the swanky people live. Availability in the U.S. is yet to be discussed. However, if you keep your fingers crossed, hopefully we will be seeing it over here in the not-too-distant-future. Of course by then, the 100MP phone would’ve already debuted in Japan or something, where I’m pretty sure their cell phones can already take photos of beings in Jupiter.