Nokia launching Windows Phone handset with optical zoom?

News Paul Briden 10:35, 6 Aug 2012

Nokia could be working on a new Windows Phone device with a rotating 8-megapixel camera

Nokia might be reworking some of its old handset designs into new Windows Phone devices, according to reports.

Concept-phones.com typically deals with renderings from skilled 3D modellers, but the site received an image from a tipster, going only by the name of ‘Johnny’ and claiming to have a ‘friend that worked at a Nokia design studio’.

Allegedly, this device, dubbed the Lumia X, will run Windows Phone 8 ‘Apollo’ and is due to hit the market in September.

It features design elements taken from the company’s much earlier Nokia 5700, which ran the Symbian platform with a rotating camera capable of video calls and featuring a 4x optical zoom.

That last point is quite important as cameras on phones are generally restricted to a digital zoom and experience a loss in picture quality when zooming.

Of course, it could still be a render and a load of old twoddle, the internet being absolutely choc-full of misinformation and hoaxers.

But, we hope it’s the real deal and, in a way there’s good reason to believe it might be. Nokia is, apparently, more prepared than most to try wacky ideas such as the 808 Pureview’s 41-megapixel shooter.

‘Johnny’ also revealed there are more Lumias on the way an that Nokia is re-working its old N-Gage gaming phone concept into the Windows Phone family.

The Lumia X’s rotating camera will be an 8-megapixel Carl Zeiss unit, as found on the Lumia 800 and Lumia 900 Windows Phone handsets.

Other features include an HD resolution AMOLED display with Nokia’s ClearBlack technology and a Qualcomm S4 Snapdragon dual core processor. There also appear to be dedicated controls for music and/or gaming.

It’s a bit of a chunky-looking beast, but with Windows Phone 8, a genuine optical zoom and a host of other goodies we’re sure there’ll be plenty of people prepared to make the compromise.

Assuming it’s real, that is.

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