Ah, the confusion. So Mobile World Congress is coming up, and Nokia is definitely there. And after the two Lumia debutants announced back in October, us Europeans have had nothing since.
Cue rumours of a Euro-friendly Lumia 910 – with a 12-megapixel camera no less. But with talk of a camera-friendly successor to the Nokia N8 refusing to go away, rumours of a 12-megapixel Symbian swansong are also rife at the moment.
We're doing our best to keep on top of it all, and the momentum in recent days has swung decidedly from the former theory to the latter.
First came Nokia camera guru Damian Dinning's denial of the Lumia 910 theory, now comes fresh reports saying that a Nokia 803 is in the works, running the Belle OS (that's Symbian, though Nokia isn't calling it that any more), as well as a big screen and an even bigger image sensor.
The claim is being surfaced by the fairly reliable BGR, quoting a “trusted source”, and the details both confirm and alter some of the specs we've been talking about thus far in terms of an N8 successor.
A decision to stick with Symbian, and specifically Belle, has been seen as the most likely notion for a while now, but few predictions have spoken of a 4in AMOLED display, on a par with the Nokia X7 and E7, and comfortably bigger than the N8's 3.5in panel.
The presence of an HDMI-out port and support for a micro-SIM and NFC are pretty much what you'd expect, but the most interesting claim is that the Nokia 803 will feature “ one of the largest camera sensors – if not the largest camera sensor – ever seen on a mobile phone”.
That is certainly plausible given that the N8 launched with pretty much the same claim, and much of its prowess as a camera phone comes from its unique sensor size and bespoke optics. Not only that, but Nokia planning all along to repeat such an approach with its successor would explain why releasing it as a Windows Phone device was never really a possibility.
BGR's source repeats the claim that this will be Nokia's final Symbian smartphone release, and talks of a May launch window, which makes an appearance at Mobile World Congress well within the realms of possibility.
If any of this is actually true, of course...