Nokia on Monday announced two new smartphones during its press conference at Mobile World Congress 2012. The star of the show was undoubtedly the Nokia 808 PureView, a smartphone the Finnish smartphone maker teased last week. Featuring a jaw-dropping 41-megapixel camera, the 808 PureView is a mobile photographer’s dream and a smartphone enthusiast’s nightmare. Why? The 808 features solid specs but it is powered by Symbian Belle, a dated operating system Nokia is currently in the process of tossing to the curb. Spec highlights include the high-resolution 41-megapixel sensor with Carl Zeiss optics and new pixel oversampling technology that allows users to zoom without any loss of clarity when taking pictures at low (2, 3, 5 or 8-megapixel) resolution, Dolby sound and the ability to record 1080p videos. Details surrounding the Lumia 610 follow below.
The Lumia 610 is Nokia’s fourth Microsoft-powered smartphone and at €189 before subsidies, this is also Nokia’s most affordable Windows Phone yet. The device features Microsoft’s new Windows Phone 7.5 “Tango” software, which supports slower processors and lower-end specs, allowing vendors to hit lower price points and better-address emerging markets. Lumia 610 spec highlights include a 3.7-inch WVGA display, a 5-megapixel camera and 8GB of on-board storage.
The Lumia 610 will begin shipping in initial markets during the second quarter this year, and launch details for the 808 PureView have not yet been announced. We took a hands-on look at both the 808 PureView and the Lumia 610 earlier on Monday, and links to Nokia’s press releases follow below.