When we saw Nokia’s press conference announcement, we expected them to announce futher developments to their Lumia Windows Phone families and their ‘dumb phones’. Little did we expect them to announce a successor to their Nokia N8, which was a 12 megapixel camera phone. There were teasers regarding Nokia Pure, but nowhere did we expect them to announce the Nokia 808 PureView.

The Nokia 808 PureView will come with a 41 megapixel camera sensor. The point of having such a large sensor is to enable users to either pick gigantic photos, or to capture video at high frame rates and in lower light conditions. The Nokia 808 PureView will be able to take 1080P video in very low light situations at 30 frames per second and is capable of capturing video and photos at the same time. This phone will run on Symbian Belle, which is the latest update to the Symbian^3 and should run absolutely smoothly.

When you capture an image on the Nokia 808 PureView, you can capture photos at up to 38 megapixels and then crop it to whatever size fits your needs and wants. You can also zoom in and out of the images (similar to cropping) and essentially reduce the size of the images so they are actually capable of sharing. The Nokia 808 PureView was inspired by the idea of satellite imagery.

The Nokia 808 PureView will also be able to capture audio in CD-like quality without needing an external microphone in conjunction with the ultra-high quality video capturing capability. The Nokia 808 PureView is also capable of playing back Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound on your home theater system. The phone has an expected retail price of 400 Euros (~$500 USD) and will ship sometime around may.

The Nokia 808 PureView will feature a 4.0 inch AMOLED screen with Corning Gorilla Glass. In addition to having a stunning screen, the phone will sport 16GB of built-in storage with expandability enabled through a microSD card up to 32GB. This will enable even the biggest photographer and videographer to capture as much content as they like. The Nokia 808 PureView also features a talk time (over a 3G network) is rated at 6.5 hours, with a standby time of up to 540 hours all in a slightly heavier package than the N8.

Nokia has also created a video with one of the developers of the Nokia 808 PureView detailing the technology behind it and how it works.