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. 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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