Nokia, the mobile giant struggling to catch up with rivals, may have an ace up its sleeve. The company set the benchmark for smartphone cameras with its 808 PureView smartphone last year, which came with a 41MP camera and ran on Symbian operating system.
However, the company soon began focussing its energies on Windows Phone-powered Lumia series and Symbian was retired. Now, word on the street is that the company is working on a Lumia phone that will have a 41MP camera sensor.
Previously, there had been some speculation about an upcoming Lumia phone with 41MP camera, codenamed EOS, but the rumour mill went silent after Mobile World Congress in February. Now, MyNokiaBlog has said that a source with access to the company’s plans has said Nokia is currently testing EOS on quad-core as well as dual-core chipsets.
The model was said to be tested on Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core chip, but poor battery performance made it an unviable option. Therefore, the company is going with a dual-core processor for this phone, according to the report.
Talking about the camera, the report says that the company is using a 41MP sensor similar to the one seen in 808 PureView, but will have optical image stabilisation and variable aperture lens. The company will tweak the interface of the camera app in this phone and include Xenon as well as LED flash units. Nokia is also testing 2K and 4K recording for the device, though the report says this feature is not supported currently.
Nokia EOS is said to have an AMOLED display panel with 1280x768p resolution, though the size of the screen is not clear yet. Other features confirmed by the source include FM radio, microSD support and microHDMI port. The report also says that the phone will initially be launched only for AT&T in US, and the global launch will follow 1-3 months afterwards.
Lumia 920 is the only Windows Phone 8 smartphone to have PureView imaging technology, but features a smaller 8.7MP sensor. Nokia is also said to be working on a Windows RT tablet, which will rival the likes of Apple iPad, Google Nexus 10, Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 and Microsoft Surface.