Nokia is expected to release its long-awaited 41-megapixel smartphone in the near future, called the Nokia EOS PureView 41MP. Nokia (NYSE:NOK) sent out press invitations last week to an event on July 11, where the company is expected to finally unveil the Nokia EOS PureView.

Benchmarks have popped up for a quad-core Nokia smartphone running at 1.2GHz. Could the benchmark be used in the upcoming Nokia EOS PureView? It is important to note that benchmarks are easy to falsify, which may be the case. If the Nokia EOS PureView does contain a quad-core processor, it could be in more direct competition with the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom as the smartphone of choice for mobile photographers.

Pictures show what looks like the Nokia EOS PureView smartphone's aluminum body. Courtesy / ICTech

Pictures leaked by user ICTech on the Chinese microblogging site Weibo show what appear to be a mass-produced version of the Nokia EOS PureView with an aluminum body. Earlier images leaked by the same user showed a phone with a plastic body, like the Nokia Lumia 920. The aluminum version of the Nokia EOS PureView may mean the camera-focused smartphone is heading to more than one carrier.

The Nokia EOS PureView will likely have a 41-megapixel sensor, a Carl Zeiss lens and mechanical shutter, and a combination of LED and xenon flash. Xenon flash involves a gas-filled glass tube that gives off a bright flash that is instantaneous. When compared to LED, the speed of a xenon flash gives a brighter flash that reveals more colors in the dark. More importantly, xenon is supposed to produce shots with less motion blur than a camera equipped only with LED. The phone is expected to ship in both black and white, which may mirror design choices for the next version of Windows Phone 8.

GDR3, an update to the Windows Phone 8 operating system, is rumored to add support for quad-core processors, as well as a fourth row of tiles and support for full-HD 1080p.

A Reddit user posted shots of a Nokia Lumia 920 running an early build of either Windows Phone GDR3 or Windows Phone Blue, with a slick black and white tile interface and included an app called zCortanaApp. The zCortanaApp is likely a natural language user interface, or voice-control feature similar to Apple’s Siri. Cortana was an artificial intelligence that assisted Master Chief, the main character of Microsoft’s Halo series.

Pictured is the Lumia 920 bought from eBay that runs a new version of Windows Phone. Courtesy / Reddit

The user, later revealed to be a man named Jeremiah Wong, said in an interview with The Verge that he purchased the Nokia Lumia 920 on eBay before noticing the strange interface. The phone was reportedly lost on a bus by a developer before it was resold to Wong. The Nokia Lumia 920 running an experimental build of either Windows Phone 8 GDR3 or Blue was remotely wiped by Microsoft after Wong posted information that allowed the company to identify the device.

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