Nokia announces 808 PureView Symbian smartphone with 41 megapixel camera

Nokia's flagship Symbian handset.

From the 'that should be enough for anyone' files, Nokia has announced 808 PureView smartphone at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona that features a 41 megapixel camera.

Yes, you read that right, 41 MEGAPIXELS!

Well, OK, there is some cheating involved. Nokia has taken its proprietary pixel over-sampling technology and combined it with Carl Zeiss optics to make this trick work.

Having high-resolution images means that users will be able to zoom, reframe, crop and resize the photo afterwards to get the best picture possible.

Note: The smartphone allows you to store a 38 megapixel image.

The Nokia 808 PureView also features full HD 1080p video recording and playback with 4X lossless zoom, and it is the first device to use Nokia's Rich Recording that will allow for CD-like recording quality.

Oh, and in case you were wondering, this smartphone isn't a Windows Phone handset, it's powered by Symbian. Yes, you read that right too ... Symbian.

The 808 PureView will retail for 450 euros, and availability is expected in May.

We'll have to wait for image samples before knowing whether the high-resolution camera is actually useful or just a marketing angle.