Just a year after Nokia’s Stephen Elop apologised about the Symbian operating system and adopted Windows Phone 7 wholesale, a rare breed of a Symbian phone has surfaced this week at Mobile World Congress – say hello to the 41 megapixel Nokia 808 PureView.

The detail offered by the camera sensor is great, although image purists will know that image quality depends on the lens as much as the megapixels. Still, 1080p video skills and rare HD audio recording will satisfy those after a truly powerful camera phone.

Running a single-core processor and housing a rubbery exterior, the insides of the phone are distinctly mid-range and it’s not hard to see where all the money has gone as the camera pushes out from the body. Hands-on, the phone feels as though it should be a ruggedised waterproof smartphone like the Motorola Defy + but it isn’t. It’s one of the weirdest debuts at MWC this week…

Due in the UK by April at around £449,we’ll have a full review next month…

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