Nokia all but confirms 41-megapixel Lumia EOS smartphone

Nokia has all but confirmed that its 11 July press event will include the launch of a smartphone with a 41-megapixel camera.

A blog post from the phone maker focused on the fact that next month's event will be webcasted for the world to see. But the image atop the post screams, "41 Million Reasons," and invites fans to see more on 11 July.

Unless you think Nokia has made 41 million improvements to its newest smartphone, the tagline likely means Nokia will unveil a new Lumia phone with a 41-megapixel PureView camera attached.

Rumours about such a powerful camera date back to February when The Guardian, citing unnamed sources close to Nokia, reported that the company would bring its groundbreaking 41-megapixel PureView sensor to its Lumia lineup of Windows Phone handsets.

Leaks of the rumoured phone, codenamed EOS, have also popped up online.

Nokia first debuted the 41-megapixel sensor at the 2012 Mobile World Congress trade show on the Symbian-powered PureView 808; for more, see ITProPortal's full review.

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," according to Nokia. The Lumia 920 and Lumia 928 have PureView technology, but their cameras are only 8.7 megapixels.

As for Nokia's New York event next month, the unveiling will be broadcast live on conversations.nokia.com starting at 4pm BST.