Rumor: Nokia's 41-megapixel Windows Phone being tested on AT&T under 'Elvis' codename

For months, rumors have been flying on the Internet that Nokia is going to launch a new smartphone in its Lumia series, code-named "EOS," that would combine a 41-megapixel PureView camera with the Windows Phone 8 operating system. Today, a new story claims that phone is already being tested on AT&T's network in the U.S.

The story comes from WPCentral, which cites unnamed sources, and also claims that AT&T's internal code name for the phone is "Elvis," though no reason was given for the name. The story also has some unconfirmed hardware specs for the smartphone, including word that its case will be based on the Nokia Lumia 920 but 1 mm thinner except for the big camera hump.

The camera will take two pictures at the same time; one will be 35 megapixels and the other will be just five megapixels, according to the article. It is also supposed to have what the story calls Nokia Pro Camera, an advanced PureView mode that the article says will give the phone's owner more control over the camera's features. The phone, which is said to come in a yellow color, is also rumored to have a 768x1280 display, 32 GB of internal storage but no SD card slot, and an FM radio.

Rumors peg the smartphone's release for sometime this summer, possibly as early as July.

Source: WPCentral.com | Image via Nokia

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A 41 Megapixel camera and nowhere to store the pictures? At 41 megapixels a 32 bit/pixel uncompressed image would be 164 megabytes. Even if the entire 32 Gb was dedicated to the camera it wouldn't even be able to store 200 pictures. There's something we're not hearing yet.

just to joke about what some people seem to be expecting from this......

psh if its not a full frame 32 mm sensors then what good is it? psssssshhhh

gullygod said,
So, I'm guessing me buying a top of the line factory unlocked Nokia phone ever again is out of the question?

Not necessarily; you can buy one in Europe where in most of the Countries there smartphones are SIM free by law; granted if the device is branded by a carrier you must still rely on it for updates or, although Nokia seems oriented to make it more and more difficult, you can wait a little bit and buy an unbranded device; this way you would skip the carrier as a middleman for the updates.

SpyderCanopus said,
The 41 megapixel camera on a cell phone is the dumbest idea ever. Unless it had a spot to screw on a really nice lens, then it's a joke.
Hey look, a guy who's read nothing about PureView

SpyderCanopus said,
The 41 megapixel camera on a cell phone is the dumbest idea ever. Unless it had a spot to screw on a really nice lens, then it's a joke.

Ok, clown.

SpyderCanopus said,
I've got an 800mm lens on a 50 megapixel camera. Cost me about $35k. You think this little thing is going to take good photos? *honks nose*

Great for you, clown.

SpyderCanopus said,
I've got an 800mm lens on a 50 megapixel camera. Cost me about $35k. You think this little thing is going to take good photos? *honks nose*

This phone costs a lot less than $35k. It will take decent pictures for what it costs. Plus it fits in your pocket and makes phone calls too. Also, why are you honking your nose? You think that little thing can honk as loud as a locomotive?

Spicoli said,
No SD card slot = fail.
It's killing me that Nokia won't provide a way to get the MicroSD card slot on their devices. I imagine that they think a removable back is required. It's obviously not because they offer multiple tiers of storage and they are trying to milk the consumer.

Needless to say, it seems I may be sticking with ATT after all and getting this phone. The 928 is nice, but it has no MicroSD which would have had me jumping ship and buying out my contracts ASAP.

MrHumpty said,
It's killing me that Nokia won't provide a way to get the MicroSD card slot on their devices. I imagine that they think a removable back is required.

Actually that's not what they think, he'll they even have a unibody design with a microSD card slot. Have a look at the Lumia 720, it's a unibody design with a sd card slot. (the removable back is not related to the sd card slot...)

MFH said,

Actually that's not what they think, he'll they even have a unibody design with a microSD card slot. Have a look at the Lumia 720, it's a unibody design with a sd card slot. (the removable back is not related to the sd card slot...)

Yup it's either stupidity or greed. Probably greed. But kinda odd since they only offer one storage option on the 920.

If it's killing you...you might not have to choose between red and blue..because by the time it's release, you might be....well....dead.

Christian Santarelli said,
The reason why its codename 'Elvis' is because Elvis was 41 when he died (aka 41mp camera)

In that case, someone needs to check their dates. He was 42.

Thank you, thank you very much.

The reason is because he was - and is (despite his death on August 16th, 1977) - the king; just like this phone.

....and if anyone wants any REAL facts about The King, just ask me

I think we should stop calling those device phones. Cause every reviews i've read lately focus on the camera more than the phone/communication part itself.

LaP said,
I think we should stop calling those device phones. Cause every reviews i've read lately focus on the camera more than the phone/communication part itself.
well, when you put it like that, whats the difference between today's smart phone and desktop besides form factor?

LaP said,
I think we should stop calling those device phones. Cause every reviews i've read lately focus on the camera more than the phone/communication part itself.

what part of the phone should they focus on.. The calling part? Clearly you didn't fully think your post through..

R3DL1N3 said,

what part of the phone should they focus on.. The calling part? Clearly you didn't fully think your post through..

It depends by personal preferences; for example, I primarily choose smartphones based on their PDA capabilities.

R3DL1N3 said,

what part of the phone should they focus on.. The calling part? Clearly you didn't fully think your post through..
I can make calls with my computer... clearly you didn't fully think your post through..

That was a bad joke BTW. Looks like some people took what i said too much seriously.

I just don't see the point in having a "DSLR" camera inside a phone (i know it's not close and has no lens this is sarcasm). My Android phone takes picture just fine. When i don't have my real camera with me it means the pictures i'm gonna take are not really important so the quality is not that much important in the end. And i don't really see the point in taking pictures at night looking like it was the evening. It's like cheating. The end result is not looking like the real thing. It looks brighter that the real deal (anyway in the review i've read).

I just fail to see the big deal about the camera inside the smartphones. It's great and i can't say no to a better camera but in the end i agree with Fritzly the PDA capabilities of the smarthones is the reason most people buy them.

Now i'm not saying WP8 is better or worse than Android or iOS. I just feel like Nokia should maybe put less focus on the camera and a little bit more on the phone and os.