The phone is among a dazzling array of new gadgets unveiled so far at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, an annual event that showcases the industry’s latest innovations. Among them is a Chinese phone that claims to be the world’s fastest and another that carries an in-built projector.
The unrivaled camera capabilities of Nokia’s 808 PureView, which runs the company’s Symbian operating system, caused ripples of surprise among Congress delegates who predicted few surprises thanks to pre-event leaks and rumors. The 41 Megapixels put the phone in the same league — in terms of photo resolution — as professional cameras costing thousands of dollars. Reportedly priced at €450 ($600), the device is due to be released in May, with the camera technology likely to be carried over to other Nokia phones.
Nokia, which in recent years has seen its dominance of the global mobile market eroded by manufacturers such as Apple and BlackBerry, also launched a lower-cost version of its flagship Lumia phone range. The Nokia 610, priced at €189, runs on the mobile version of Microsoft’s Windows 7 operating system.