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Nokia Unveils Six New Mobile Phones - Including One With A 41 Megapixel Camera

Finnish mobile phone makers Nokia has launched new additions to their Lumia Windows Phone series of handsets, more smartphone-lite Asha devices and a new large megapixel camera feature phone. These are the low costing Nokia Lumia 610; the Lumia 900 for the non-American LTE market; a single and dual SIM touch screen phones, in the Asha 203 and 202, with a Qwerty keyboard 302 model - and the Symbian Belle based 808 PureView, with a 41MP camera.

These new devices were announced at the Nokia press conference, at Mobile World Congress 2012 by Nokia's CEO, Stephen Elop. ITProPortal had already exclusively obtained and published images last week of the Nokia Asha 302, from our confidential source.

Nokia's largest announcement of the day had to be the 808 PureView camera feature phone, which houses a 41megapixel sensor and a 2.4 aperture Carl Zeiss lens.

This handset contains Nokia's PureView imaging ability that has a new pixel oversampling technology. This allows for image capture in 2, 3, 5 megapixels - up to 38MP, with a high-level zoom standard that doesn't compromise the picture quality.

There are seven pixels actually captured at once, which is then compressed into just one pixel. Zooming, reframing, cropping and resizing after a picture has been taken, shows previously unseen levels of detail, as a result.

There is also full HD video recording at 1080p, with the inclusion of Nokia Rich Recording that offers CD-like audio levels; this was only previously possible via an external mic.

The 808 ships with a 4-inch AMOLED screen, with the Nokia ClearBlack feature for better viewing of the display outdoors. It's powered by a single core 1.3GHz processor, with 16GB of internal storage that is expandable from a microSD card, to 48GB.

The next most significant news was that the previously only-LTE Nokia Lumia 900 will be shipping in a non-4G version. The 4.3-inch AMOLED, ClearBlack screen based phone that runs Windows Phone 7.5 ‘Mango' will ship as a DC-HSPA variant. This is compatible with HSPA+ networks and dual carrier too - offering upto 42Mbps download speeds.

This device has all the same features as the American version, announced at CES, such as an 8megapixel camera and a front facing variant, 512MB of RAM and 16GB of internal non-expandable storage.

Nokia also announced a new low costing Lumia, in the 610. This model sits below the 710 and is the most affordable Windows Phone, from the Finnish. The Lumia 610 runs from an enhanced version of the platform, which supports lower memory and processor specifications, than before.

The Lumia 610 has a 3.7-inch TFT LCD display, whilst powered by a single core 800Mhz CPU, with 256MB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage, plus a 5 megapixel camera.

Nokia also added to the Asha Series 40 OS range, with the 302 that arrives with support for Microsoft Exchange, and a 2.4-inch screen, a Qwerty keypad, whilst powered by a 1Ghz processor.

Finally, there were another two additions; the candy bar shaped Asha 203 with a single SIM 202 and the dual SIM 203 versions, with the same OS as the 302 and screen size - only containing a more traditional keypad.

The Nokia PureView 808 is priced at EUR 450, the Nokia Lumia 900 comes in at EUR 480, the Lumia 610 is EUR 189, Asha 202/203 costs EUR 60 - with the 302 reaches the EUR 95 mark, and all the devices are shipping in Q2 of this year.

Rob Kerr is a journalist with more than 14 years experience of news, reviews and feature writing on titles such as Wired, PC Magazine, The Register, The Inquirer, Pocket-Lint, Mobile Industry Review, Know Your Mobile and The Gadget Show. The mobile phone world is his real passion and forte, having owned a handset as far back as 1994 where he has seen them grow from just a business tool to a necessity in everyone’s everyday life.