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"Surprise:" Nokia 808 PureView is not coming to the US

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The Nokia 808 PureView might have just gotten you excited about Nokia and Symbian again. Tone down that excitement if you’re living in the US, though - Nokia is pouring a cold shower on it in the tiny print of the Nokia 808 PureView specs.

The 41-megapixel smartphone will be available globally everywhere except for North America, and that includes the US.

You might be disappointed but it’s hard to disagree with Nokia’s underlying arguments - Symbian just doesn’t have a loyal following stateside. The 808 PureView is one of the handsets that could have altered that, but since the platform is anyway burning out, it’s clear that Nokia is focusing on bringing the same amazing PureView oversampling technology to its Windows Phone lineup.

And the Nokia Windows Phone devices are one thing that’s sure to make a debut in the US, so it all comes down to patience. By now, that should have become your best developed virtue.


Thanks, anonymous!

"Surprise:" Nokia 808 PureView is not coming to the US

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posted on 05 Mar 2012, 10:00 10

1. JBz007 (Posts: 63; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


Nokia still makes phones?

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 16:45

22. -RVM- (Posts: 329; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


and still the biggest phone maker in the world.

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 10:01 14

2. bragzter (Posts: 47; Member since: 21 Feb 2012)


Am not surprised at all, was kinda expecting that. That's what you get for not showing love for the OS that made smartphones. The UI was not as fancy as iOS and Android, but it did it's job, and was multitasking too. So it looks like importing will be the way to go, which will cost a whole lot more than if was available locally.

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 10:04 8

3. pedobear (Posts: 22; Member since: 24 Feb 2012)


saw the title and started to laugh at all the people that wanted this phone so desperately :p

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 10:05 6

4. tahnik (Posts: 133; Member since: 17 Jul 2011)


They should have exclude europe too....:D
The troll is between iOS and Android in US and Europe...No one cares about that symbian thingy....

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 10:10 10

5. the_s2 (Posts: 210; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Hehehehe!! iOS cult in US deserves it! :D

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 10:24 3

6. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


i hate you now nokia

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 10:48 7

7. bbblader (Posts: 581; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


well since EVERYONE took a cold showder on nokia nokia is now taking a cold showder on them

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 12:38 5

12. simplyj (Posts: 404; Member since: 23 Dec 2009)


the fxck is a showder?

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 13:26 5

15. bbblader (Posts: 581; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


bitch please im from a country that speaks exactly the opposite of english
and im just 13
its a miracle i even know english in my country
here even if we take english classes noone but me and 1 other friend pay attention to it
i ment shoulder
and i just woke up what do you expect from me

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 15:29 1

19. abaza121 (Posts: 17; Member since: 02 Oct 2011)


wow..too many details

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 16:40 1

21. Mandroid (Posts: 209; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


Halfway decent spelling and grammar?

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 10:50 7

8. ReturningToNokia (Posts: 130; Member since: 09 Jul 2011)


Not a surprise - No U.S. carrier in the U.S. wants Symbian, and haven't for several years! T-Mobile, I'd wager, didn't really want Symbian either, but threw Nokia a bone by carrying the Astound as it was relatively a budget device.

With that said, if anyone in the U.S. really wants this phone, they can just go through Amazon or NewEgg as they tend to carry unlocked Nokia devices.

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 11:32 6

9. phoneghoul (Posts: 12; Member since: 01 Mar 2012)


No surprise at all. Because we all know that it's a test bed device. Nokia wanted to prove what they are capable of in image technologies. The future is a similar or better image sensor on a WP8 device. Even if they release it in the US nobody is gonna buy it. But it's a good last hurrah for ardent Symbian fans all around the world.

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 12:42 4

13. -box- (Posts: 3857; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


I'd buy it, and I know several others that would buy it as well here in the U.S. So that's not "nobody"

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 11:35 10

10. chapizzo (Posts: 116; Member since: 13 Sep 2011)


Nokia, you had better wake up, this is stabbing your loyal followers in the back. The next thing we'll know is that it will be available in a few select markets like uzbekistan, and even then at very high price.

I seriously believe Microsoft is forcing nokia's hand here so that this phone doesn't Compete with windows phones.

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 13:36

16. shimmyx20 (Posts: 280; Member since: 03 Mar 2009)


I think it's more that carriers don't want to carry a Symbian device. They'd rather devote their space and resources towards carrying another phone that would generate more sales. U.S. consumers for the most part are not interested in Symbian devices.

I'd be curious to try one though

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 15:28 2

18. DigitalJedi_X2 (banned) (Posts: 346; Member since: 30 Jan 2012)


You're half right. It's not Microsoft, it's Elop. He's essentially doing Microsoft's bidding and has been doing so since he got there. Nokia and Symbian is what killed Windows Mobile and Ballmer never let that one go. So once Microsoft's stool pigeon basically paid his way into the company the rest was history. Burning platform memo, sabotaged the N9 sales, fired any personnel that would oppose him and paid the board one billion of dollars of Microsoft's money and you basically have the death of the old Nokia and Symbian. There's more too, but we might be here all night. I kindly direct you all to Tomi Ahonen's brilliant Communities Dominate Brands site for the full run down. Really good stuff there.

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 11:58 5

11. alekso9 (Posts: 40; Member since: 30 Jan 2012)


Honestly...i really don't care.

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 12:45 8

14. -box- (Posts: 3857; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Competition leads to better phones. The N8 forced every other cell manufacturer to improve their smartphone cameras. Sure the N8 isn't as widely sold as a Galaxy S2 or an iphone, but it is/was still quite the metaphorical gauntlet thrown down. The 808 does the same thing, and while now supposedly it won't be available from a carrier in North America, we're not the biggest smartphone market, and it's still a well-publicized release that have both camera and smartphone enthusiasts (and buyers) talking.
Would the iphone4 and 4s have focused so much on the optics and including a flash unless people were aware they could have those things? Would the Galaxy S2 have sold as well with the same camera sensor as an Evergreen? We don't know, but each development by a major manufacturer leads to other manufacturers trying to outdo the others, be it camera, screen resolution, thinness, battery life, or pure aesthetics. That is a good thing

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 16:47 1

23. -RVM- (Posts: 329; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


so why u post ?

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 15:19 3

17. DigitalJedi_X2 (banned) (Posts: 346; Member since: 30 Jan 2012)


Uh... Nokia already stated that they will no longer be bringing Symbian handsets to North America. They said this a while ago. This is t anything unexpected. And for anyone in the Us that wants it, it can easily be bought from a third party seller. As well as from Nokia's own site. Nothing new here folks!

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 15:43 2

20. thatdude1 (unregistered)


Whether 808 pureview is sold here or abroad, I will still be getting one. There are many channels in which to get one imported.

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 18:53

26. metoyou (Posts: 277; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Ooops

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 21:32 2

27. kanagadeepan (Posts: 707; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)


Thanks to TROJAN-HORSE StephenElop....

posted on 06 Mar 2012, 02:58

28. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


Stupid move

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 04:41

30. aldenone (Posts: 1; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


I certainly hope Amazon will carry the Nokia 808, the Nokia N8 was not released to any US carriers either but just by looking at the comparative number (not to mention a decent rating) of reviews on the Amazon site it is apparent that it gathered some momentum and interest. Other phones in the similar price range and release dates do not come close.

Nokia N8 - 603 reviews
BB Torch 9810 - 29. iPhone 4 - 69, Samsung Galaxy - 180

I certainly hope this will mean something both to Nokia and Amazon and we will see the Nokia 808 listed.

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