Nokia’s new smartphone shoots 41-megapixel photos

Nokia 808 PureView

One of the biggest announcements at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain is Nokia’s 808 PureView, a new smartphone that can safely be called the highest resolution cameraphone ever.

The hefty handset “features a 41 megapixel sensor with high-performance Carl Zeiss optics and new pixel oversampling technology,” which means it can take far better photos than other high-end smartphones.

41MP — that’s more than the megapixel count on the Canon EOS-1DX and Nikon D4 dSLRs…combined. But the real purpose of the PureView isn’t for creating massive photos, but rather downsizing a 41 megapixel. The default mode records only 5-megapixel images by condensing seven pixels into one, but you can turn off that default and get 38-megapixel pictures if you think you can handle the enormous file size.

The PureView can also record full HD video and “CD-like” hi-fi audio using the camera’s Dolby 5.1 sensor. But here’s the catch: it runs Symbian. No price or release date yet announced, though a $600 price tag in May have been mentioned by Gizmodo. Check out the promo video after the jump.

For more info about the Nokia 808 Pure View, read the Finnish mobile giant’s press release here.