Is this even possible? Nokia smartphone with penta-lens camera in the works

Is this even possible? Nokia smartphone with penta-lens camera in the works
The only reason I'm writing about this is that if anyone would be able to pull off something like this, it would definitely be Nokia, or in this case, HMD Global. Some of you probably remember that six years ago Nokia stunned the smartphone industry with the unveiling of world's first phone to boast an incredible 41-megapixel camera - the Nokia 808 PureView.

Well, it appears that the Finnish company (HMD Global) is now working to bring another amazing device to the market – one that would include a penta-lens camera. Basically, that's a camera that features five lenses, something very similar to the Nokia OZO camera (which has eight lenses), but slimmed down to fit in a smartphone's case.

The information comes from a source that's familiar with Foxconn's R&D business. That is very important since HMD is working closely with Foxconn to launch new Nokia smartphones, so the collaboration between the two companies is strongly related to the Finnish brand.

According to this person with knowledge about Foxconn's plans, HMD has already prepared a smartphone with a penta-lens camera so that it can be tested. If Foxconn finds a solution to mass-produce it, then the device will be unveiled as early as late 2018.

Apparently, the penta-lens camera will feature a circular form factor with seven holes in the middle that form a circle. Five of these holes will accommodate the camera's lenses, while two of them will house the LED flash. It will look very much like a showerhead.

There are no details about the type of these lenses and what are their purpose, but we can imagine the camera will be very powerful and like none that's been ever included in a phone. While we're pretty excited to see Nokia/HMD still has it, we're treating this as a (very) wild rumor until we get more details from other sources, and you should do the same.

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13 Comments

1. pokharkarsaga

Posts: 557; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Bring it on.Its Nokia who can bring revolution over evolution.

12. bucknassty

Posts: 1373; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

will this be similar to the light camerahttps://light.co/camera

2. meanestgenius

Posts: 22520; Member since: May 28, 2014

If any company can do it, it’s Nokia/HMD. Can’t wait to see if this actually comes to fruition. Bring on the innovation.

3. hemedans

Posts: 761; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

phonearena if you remember Nokia used to work with pelican for 16 lens camera. https://www.phonearena.com/news/Pelican-Imaging-demos-16-lens-camera-that-can-build-a-3D-printable-model-of-what-you-record_id44185 so i wont be suprised to see that,

4. ImperialDynamics

Posts: 84; Member since: Nov 30, 2012

that's right. That's the first thing that came to mind when i read the post (though i couldn't remember the name, Pelican it is, thanks)

5. Anonymous.

Posts: 423; Member since: Jun 15, 2016

5 lenses... Wow, it's sure aiming to dethrone the Pixel phones in the camera department.

8. Guaire

Posts: 896; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

It's just a VR camera. Their purpose is not enhancing image quality. It's kinda out of the box thinking, but with 5 cameras they could have done more useful things IMO.

6. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

I don't think that each lens would be for 12MP sensor, but probably more like 8 lenses each for a 2MP camera , each to give some kind of visual effects I hope that they could make a penta lens in a way where lenses can change for only one 12MP sensor.

7. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1588; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Based on the rumor I'm thinking it might be one sensor with 5 lenses on a rotating dial to change them.

9. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

If that happens, this will be really cool

10. rsiders

Posts: 2018; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

So they'd rather do this than revisiting that 41 megapixel sensor with the proper power and specs it deserved? Smh. Just make slimmed down, modernized version of the Nokia 808 and make us happy.

11. epdm2be

Posts: 827; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

Why not re-use (and improve) the tech from pureview in a modern andriodphone instead of these gimmicks? I'd love a Nokia1020 or 808pv with android.

13. kevin007in

Posts: 327; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

take my money

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