Nokia to pack 41-mp camera into Windows Phone, report says

The device, codenamed EOS, reportedly will come with the 41-megapixel camera found in the company's 808 PureView handset and will launch on AT&T's network.

Is this camera coming to another Nokia handset?
Is this camera coming to another Nokia handset? Josh Miller/CNET

Nokia could be planning to bring its true 41-megapixel PureView camera to a Windows Phone handset this year, according to a new report.

The company is working on a device, codenamed EOS, that will come with its full PureView camera, The Verge is reporting today, citing people who have knowledge of Nokia's plans. The device will be the first Windows Phone from Nokia that comes with the company's genuine PureView camera.

Although Nokia throws the "PureView" name around rather casually, the true, high-end camera has really just been available in its Symbian-based Nokia 808 PureView handset . The camera has 41 megapixels and a larger lens that captures more light. In a review of the Nokia 808 PureView last year, CNET editor Jessica Dolcourt said that the camera is "excellent" and "envelope-pushing," adding that it "will satisfy photo enthusiasts."

Aside from the camera, the EOS will be built with aluminum, according to The Verge's sources. Nokia's current line of Lumia phones are built with polycarbonate. The Verge's sources say that the aluminum designs will also make its way to other phone launches the company is planning this year, including an update to the Lumia 920.

The Nokia EOS (which will likely be renamed at launch) will go on sale sometime later this year on AT&T's network, according to The Verge.

In an e-mailed statement to CNET, a Nokia spokesperson said that the company does not comment on "media speculation."

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