[MWC 2012] So we know that the successor to the Nokia N8 was on its way, and Nokia teased us about a week ago with a “PureView” video. Well if you enjoyed the N8’s camera but you’re on the lookout for an upgrade, then the recently announced Nokia 808 PureView whose image sensor could rival some DSLR cameras could be the phone that you are looking for.

Nokia sure took our breaths away and wowed the audience when they announced the Nokia 808 PureView, an phone with a whopping 41MP image sensor! Now before you freak out and think how much memory all of this will consume, fret not as the technology behind it uses oversamples, which takes the image data from seven neighboring pixels and consolidates it into one pixel’s worth, ultimately leaving you with an image that’s about 5MP in size (it can record in 8MP or 38MP quality as well). While the samples Nokia showed us on the screen were impressive, we’d like to see for ourselves how it handles in real-life scenarios.

In terms of hardware, the Nokia 808 PureView will sport a 4″ ClearBlack AMOLED display made with Gorilla Glass, a 1.3GHz single-core processor with 512MB of RAM under the hood and 16GB of internal storage that can be expanded via micrOSD. The device will also see integration with Dolby technology which can apparently help deliver a surround sound experience.

It will also be powered by the Nokia Belle operating system, which granted isn’t as popular compared to iOS or Android these days, but we’re sure that there are still plenty of Symbian loyalists out there along with some who might be willing to overlook Symbian in favor of the 41MP camera. The camera’s lens is also a joint effort by both Nokia and Carl Zeiss and will also be able to record 1080p Full HD quality videos.

If you’re interested in getting your hands on the Nokia 808 PureView, you will be pleased to hear that it is expected to roll out in May and will retail for 450 EUR (~$604).

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