Nokia's 808 PureView has a whopping 41-megapixel camera

The 808 PureView phone from Nokia will have a high-resolution camera and CD-like audio recording capabilities. It's due out in May.

Nokia 808 PureView
Nokia's 808 PureView phone sports a 41-megapixel camera Kent German/CNET

Well, it looks like we finally get to know what that vague snow video was all about.

A few days ago, Nokia released a 22-second teaser trailer hinting about something so "pure," it mentioned the word at least three times.

Now we know it's in reference to the manufacturer's newest device, the 808 PureView. A phone that has so many megapixels, its megapixels have megapixels . Okay, that may be an exaggeration, but the Symbian-powered phone -- unveiled at Mobile World Congress 2012 in Barcelona, Spain -- does have a whopping 41-megapixel camera. And that makes our hearts definitely beat like an 808.

Nokia stated that the device will be the first smartphone to feature Nokia PureView imaging technologies, which include high-resolution sensors and optics from Carl Zeiss.

In addition to its large megapixel count, the camera will not lose clarity while it zooms. That means that once you take a photo of something, you can zoom on, reframe, crop, or resize the image and the photo will retain a great amount of detail.

Recording video will also be superb on this handset. It can record full HD 1080p video and will offer CD-like audio recording. The 808 Pureview will also feature Dolby Headphone technology and Dolby Digital Plus for 5.1 channel surround sound playback.

If you're interested in the phone, it will cost $605 before subsidies, and you'll have to wait until it rolls out in May. Unfortunately, though, it won't come to a U.S carrier.

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Lynn La is CNET's associate editor for cell phone and smartphone news and reviews. Prior to coming to CNET, she wrote for the Sacramento Bee and was a staff editor at Macworld. In addition to covering technology, she has reported on health, science, and politics.

 

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