Nokia to bring 41-megapixel PureView camera to Lumia?

If you're looking for a smartphone with a camera good enough to replace your point-and-shoot once and for all, then Nokia might have something up its sleeve for you.

The Finnish mobile phone manufacturer is gearing up to bring its groundbreaking 41-megapixel PureView sensor to its Lumia range of Windows Phone handsets, according to a new report. The Guardian, citing unnamed sources close to Nokia, reported this week that the handset maker is prepping a new Lumia model known as EOS, which will sport the super high-resolution PureView imaging system. The device is reportedly scheduled to launch this summer.

A Nokia spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but declined to confirm the news when contacted by The Guardian. "While we are delighted with the attention the Nokia Lumia range continues to gather, it has been our long-held policy not to comment on market rumours or speculation," a spokesman told the paper.

Nokia first debuted the 41-megapixel sensor on at the Mobile World Congress trade show last February on the Symbian-powered PureView 808. The PureView system takes incredibly high-res images, and can "combine up to seven pixels into one ... eliminating the visual noise found on other mobile phone cameras," Nokia said.

With Nokia's flagship Lumia 920 Windows Phone 8 smartphone sporting an 8.7-megapixel camera, adding the super-sized PureView sensor to its Lumia range would most definitely make the devices stand out, at least to consumers who regularly snap photos using their phone.