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Reports indicate that Nokia may have improved its PureView camera sensor enough to put in the next flagship Lumia running Windows Phone. Will it be 41 megapixels like the concept phone?

Nokia PureView 808

The next flagship Nokia Lumia phone is expected to use a vastly improved camera sensor. A report from The Verge, published on Wednesday, suggests the planned handset will be a “a true PureView Windows Phone” meaning it could have a 41 megapixel camera along with better optical image stabilization.

Nokia built a Symbian-powered PureView 808 phone last year, mainly as a concept device to show how impressive the technology is. Pictures taken with the PureView 808 handset show outstanding detail even when zooming in on a photo. The sensor in the phone, however, was very thick in comparison to currently available, lower-resolution sensors, so it wasn’t used in Nokia’s Lumia 920. Instead, some of the features were included — the image stabilization, for example — and paired with a lower resolution sensor.

The Verge notes that along with a PureView sensor, the refreshed Lumia — codenamed EOS — will be made from aluminum instead of the current plastic polycarbonate material Nokia uses for the Lumia 920. This should make for a lighter phone, even if it does have a hefty sensor.

An improved camera solution certainly won’t hurt Nokia’s Lumia sales, but will it give a big boost to Windows Phone sales in general? Probably not; at least not on its own. That’s why I’m waiting to see what other tricks Nokia has up its sleeve for the next generation of Lumia devices.

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  1. Just think how many they would sell if they made this in Android. No way the welfare checks from Redmond are greater than the sales Nokia forfeits to Samsung

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