Nokia’s 41-Megapixel Camera Comes to the U.S., but Just for a Visit
When Nokia introduced its PureView 808 phone in Barcelona last month, it made it pretty clear that it has no plans to sell the 41-megapixel cameraphone in the U.S.
But that doesn’t mean the phone can’t make an appearance or two. Speaking at the VentureBeat Mobile Summit in Sausalito on Tuesday, Nokia’s Hans-Peter Brondmo demoed the Symbian-powered device and its impressive picture-taking abilities.
Brondmo showed off a few pictures he has taken, including one of the San Francisco Bay Area, one from a ski trip and another, taken from a plane, of Greenland. In each case, Brondmo said he was able to later focus on things he didn’t even know were in the picture.
“You can really change the nature of photography,” Brondmo said.
Of more relevance to the crowd, Brondmo also showed off the Lumia 900, a high-end Windows Phone which goes on sale from AT&T in the coming days, for $99.
Brondmo also made reference to the attendees, who earlier were divided into Android and iOS camps during a discussion on the mobile-platform wars.
“Are we still Android and iOS, or is this the Windows Phone crowd?” Brondmo said, noting that he hadn’t picked either market share leader during that debate. “I was in the middle of the room, by the way, standing in the back, jumping up and down.”
As for that Windows Phone effort, Brondmo noted that there are now 70,000 apps for Microsoft’s operating system.
“The app ecosystem is voting with their feet,” Brondmo said. “Of course, we are supporting them as well.”
Next year, Brondmo joked, the conference will have to be split into three — a big one for Windows Phone and two smaller ones for Android and iOS.
“We’ll see,” said onstage interviewer Devindra Hardawar.