27/02/2012 05:43 GMT | Updated 27/02/2012 05:56 GMT

Nokia 808 PureView Smartphone Unveiled With 41-Megapixel Camera

Nokia has unveiled a 41-megapixel smartphone.

And no, that's not a typo.

The Nokia 808 PureView, announced at Mobile World Congress 2012 in Barcelona, is a cameraphone which features a sensor capable of frankly astonishing image quality.

Admittedly the '41-megapixel' claim has to be qualified - somewhat. The phone doesn't produce pure 41-megapixel shots as such, but rather 5-megapixel photos oversampled 7 times by different sensors.

The result is an image small enough to send around social networks and edit on your device, but at a quality unmatched by similar smartphone devices.

According to The Verge, the 808's images feature "virtually no noise".

The device also comes with a customised Carl Zeiss lens, 1080p video recording and "CD-quality" audio.

Unfortunately Finland's favourite mobile manufacturer has decided to pair the phone with its own Symbian Belle OS and not Windows Phone 7, which runs on most of its other current-generation devices.

That's a disappointment, since Symbian is a far less capable OS with a smaller selection of image editing and sharing apps. Worse still, the phone also features a lo-res (640x480) screen, a bulky design and a single-core processor which reportedly lags even when scrolling basic apps.

Nevertheless if you're in the market for a cameraphone with more megapixels than is strictly necessary, this might be the phone for you.

Better still, Nokia says that its "reasonable to expect" other platforms to get similar cameras in future.

The Nokia 808 PureView will cost $605 (UK price TBA) and will be released in May.