The upcoming Nokia EOS has been subjected to some major leakage this week, including the first images of the all-important “PureView bulge” that accommodates the photo-friendly camera bits.
The sheer size of the camera bump was the biggest downside to last year's 808 PureView (yes, yes, and Symbian), and we've all been wondering how on earth Nokia was going to cram the PureView goodness into a sleeker Lumia chassis.
Nokia EOS rumours have been knocking around for a long time now, but since the handset was reported as being in testing at AT&T in the US late last week (under the codename "Elvis"), things have gone a little mental.
First WPDang shared this image with the world (the handset on the right of the comparison image is a conventional Lumia Windows Phone), suggesting that Nokia's actually done a pretty good job in keeping things sensible.
There's no way a 41-megapixel (or similar) sensor plus Xenon flash, OIS and potentially variable aperture could be squeezed into a completely flush housing, but while the 808's camera resembled a cancerous growth, this is more meaningful bulge.
There are a few other pics of the handset itself, which do a good job of showing just how much of the back surface of the EOS handset the camera actually uses up, and also make it abundantly clear that luminous yellow will be one of the colour options on offer.
A separate leak from Vizileaks, meanwhile, gives us a close-up of the lens itself, and if genuine it's certainly a thing of beauty. You'll notice the “XX-megapixels” marking, which we're told is because what we're looking at is a pre-production sample.
That makes a certain amount of sense, but also suggests that the number we'll be seeing on the final product might not be 41. After all, if the sensor is the same size as the 808 PureView's, there'd be little need to keep it a mystery since that's what we're all expecting anyway.
Or maybe it's a bit of reverse psychology. Or maybe it's a fake. Anyway, it's a nice pic.
But best of all is the latest salvo of pics to hit the web, courtesy of GSMArena. Aside from a clumsily done cover-up of what we assume is the device name or key info on the camera, the images are the best yet at conveying exactly what a Lumia chassis plus a PureView camera will mean for your pocket.
And if you've still not had enough, you can check out the EOS in a fetching red over at the WPXap forums (cheers, Jan!).
So over to you – do you think this sort of camera bulge is a reasonable price to pay for the kind of high-end photographic abilities the Nokia EOS is likely to offer? Has Nokia done enough to slim the whole thing down from the chunky 808 PureView? Give us your thoughts in the Comments below.