If you’re dying to know what an image taken by a device with more megapixels than any other smartphone on the market looks like, you’d be well advised to check out Flickr. Microsoft’s own Joe Belfiore, who manages the company’s Windows Phone division, posted what claim to be sample photos taken by the forthcoming Nokia Lumia 1020—which is expected to come with a massive 41-megapixel shooter.
Nokia is likely to unveil its next photography-focused Lumia at an event later this week, but Belfiore’s Flickr images offer a sneak peek at the image quality we can expect from such a device. One of the two images is listed at a resolution of 2,947 x 1,658 while the other shows a 2352 x 1568 resolution, hinting that the new Lumia may capture images at different resolutions, even though it reportedly uses a 41-MP sensor.
The photos were reportedly taken over the weekend and had been exported to the Web via Adobe Lightroom, rather than coming directly from the camera. The images had been spotted online just as a photo of an alleged Lumia 1020 case had leaked, revealing a circular cutout for the smartphone’s sizeable sensor.
If the rumors hold up to be true, the Nokia Lumia 1020 will be the first Windows Phone smartphone to come with a 41-megapixel sensor. Nokia unveiled its 41-megapixel 808 PureView powered by the outdated Symbian OS device at Mobile World Congress 2012, although that handset felt more like a camera than a phone. The Lumia 1020, however, could be the first device to combine a modern OS with a camera of such a high caliber.
Nokia isn’t the only smartphone maker to place a larger emphasis on its cameras. Samsung recently launched a version of its flagship dubbed the Galaxy S4 Zoom, which comes with a 10x optical zoom lens and a 16-megapixel shooter. Google is also rumored to implement Nikon camera technology into its alleged Nexus 4 successor, although no information on that device has been confirmed.