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Teasers from Nokia can mean just one thing: Nokia 808 PureView coming to the U.S.

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Teasers from Nokia can mean just one thing: Nokia 808 PureView coming to the U.S.
When Nokia started teasing that something was coming on Monday by drawing our attention to Monday's date in front of a picture of the Hawaiian Islands, well it certainly looked like an announcement about a mapping application was coming. But as one of our loyal readers pointed out, the area code for Hawaii is 808. Hmm. Then, when Nokia teased Monday's date in front of an album cover from a group called the 808 band, well you don't have to drop a piano on our head for us to get the message: on Monday Nokia will announce a U.S. variant of the Nokia 808 PureView smartphone. Originally, the Finnish based manufacturer said that because of the lack of support for Symbian Belle, the device would not be launched in the States. Another clue released by Nokia is Monday's date teased in front of a music-related device called the Roland T-808. Convinced now?

Nokia 808 PureView

Nokia 808 PureView

For those who don't breathe, eat and drink smartphones, the Nokia 808 PureView is known for its 41MP camera sensor. The rest of the specs are certainly less eye-popping as the phone is equipped with a 4 inch AMOLED screen offering resolution of 360 x 640. Pixel density is a rather poor 184ppi. Under the hood is a single-core 1.3GHz processor with 512MB of RAM on board. The 16GB of native storage can be tripled using the 32GB capacity of the microSD slot. Symbian Belle is running the show, as we pointed out, and then there is the camera. 41MP sensor, Xenon Flash and video capture in 1080p at 30fps. The front facing camera weighs in at .3MP.

Will Nokia make any changes to the device for the U.S. market? That remains to be seen. But it looks like the code is broken and now it is just a matter of waiting for Monday. Who's excited?

source: NokiaInnovations via DailyMobile

The clues indicating that the Nokia 808 PureView is coming to the States
The clues indicating that the Nokia 808 PureView is coming to the States
The clues indicating that the Nokia 808 PureView is coming to the States

The clues indicating that the Nokia 808 PureView is coming to the States


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posted on 16 Jun 2012, 11:23 10

1. disneydad (Posts: 114; Member since: 26 Mar 2012)


Symbian Belle in the long run = 808s & Heartbreak....

posted on 16 Jun 2012, 16:15 8

16. TROLL.ISAHA (banned) (Posts: 535; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)


Will anyone be getting this phone?....

Its big thick chunky and ugly.....

posted on 16 Jun 2012, 18:30 2

20. fur0n (Posts: 69; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)


if i won it in a contest or given it for free somehow

posted on 16 Jun 2012, 20:44

23. -box- (Posts: 3570; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


I'm getting it regardless of price. However, if I could use my upgrade on T-Mobile to get it for less, I would be quite happy

posted on 16 Jun 2012, 20:57 4

27. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


I don't really understand how you people think. When Nokia announced that there's no 808 for US,or north america, everyone's like "Oh, please come to US. i really want one. " or "how could i get this phone? I'm from US and I want one."

Seriously, now that it's arriving, haters start to insult this phone. I don't really really get how your mind works.

posted on 16 Jun 2012, 21:28 3

33. -box- (Posts: 3570; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Because my daily use phone is already Symbian, and this is the best of the platform, so it suits my needs. Plus, I don't care if it is a bit chunky, because it is still less bulky than carrying any phone and a separate camera of equivalent (or even lesser) quality as the PureView's. Not only that, it's my money, and I'll do what I want with it. People choose to waste their money on iPhones, or apple laptops, despite their inferiority and overpriced-ness, or they'll buy other stuff at higher-than-"normal" frequency because it is new and exciting, like TVs, video games, computers, cars, shoes, clothes, etc. I choose to spend my spare income on phones, having recently purchased a Nokia Lumia 900 so I could try Windows Phone as Microsoft and Nokia (my preferred phone brand, and the only one I've yet spent any money ever acquiring) intended, and to show them that I, as an American in a slightly unfriendly market, like their products and would (and do) buy it, rather than just flapping my gums in support of it and hoping they'll continue to bring their best products to my market so I cam easily acquire it. To that point, I'd own an N8 instead of a C7 if I'd ever found it compelling enough to purchase without a contract as no U.S. carrier had sold it, and if I did have it, I might be less compelled to purchase the 808 regardless of price. As it stands, the 808 is even more desirable, with its larger screen, more potent processor, and stunningly good camera.
TL;DR, try it before you criticize it.

posted on 17 Jun 2012, 04:49

40. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


WHERE IS HEPRESEARCH ......

posted on 17 Jun 2012, 10:48

43. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 5651; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


and so is your name

posted on 17 Jun 2012, 17:25

45. primarchlion (Posts: 5; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)


Odds are I won't be getting it, but it's because of the OS and screen res, not the looks. Actually it looks rather comfortable to me. Flat plates aren't the most ergonomic, in my opinion.

posted on 16 Jun 2012, 18:32 3

21. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


Yeah, but I hear Symbian isn't a TERRIBLE operating system. I might get this phone just for the lulz.
EDIT: And the camera, of course. Lol.

posted on 16 Jun 2012, 20:57

26. -box- (Posts: 3570; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


I'm using a Symbian-running Nokia C7 to post this. The OS does show its age somewhat, and it could be faster (hardware could be to blame), but it keeps getting updates (for now) keeping it fresh and functional. I find it easier to use and more capable than ios and any other mobile OS except Android and Windows Phone 7/7.5. The 808 is likely the breed's "swan song", and what a one it is. While I personally wished Nokia had pursued MeeGo as a successor to Symbian, with Windows Phone alongside for the mainstream or less-involved smartphone users, I understand why: it's the same reason Ford killed off the Crown Victoria and Ranger, that is, old but functional platform, but too expensive to keep relevant, especially when buyers aren't supporting the product as-is despite its appeal from enthusiasts and loyalists. I hope Nokia keeps developing Symbian, and releases Carla and Donna, but with the restructuring and reallocations of funds I'm afraid that sort of direction will be more from a developer or team thereof until the platform is exhausted or the equipment can't keep up

posted on 16 Jun 2012, 21:06

28. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


meego is old ?

posted on 16 Jun 2012, 21:13

32. -box- (Posts: 3570; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


No, just stillborn, with much sadness. I'd love an N9 if only for the novelty and to see what the future could/would hold

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 10:26

46. CharlieAtInfinity (Posts: 253; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


Symbian is still better than WP 7.5!! much more features in Symbian

posted on 16 Jun 2012, 20:48 2

24. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


Symbian belle hater. Don't underestimate a phone by it's OS.

posted on 16 Jun 2012, 11:25 5

2. steven252000 (Posts: 64; Member since: 10 Feb 2010)


Seems like I heard while the camera was great the phone its self was not so great......so is it really that big a deal if it come to the U.S.?

posted on 16 Jun 2012, 11:27 11

3. akita256 (Posts: 80; Member since: 26 Jan 2012)


I'll never understand why Nokia decided to put such a high-end camera on such a lower-end phone.

posted on 16 Jun 2012, 11:34 18

4. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


because there's no high end phone that can come with it that would make it graspable in the hands. and no OS can control such camera... yet.

posted on 16 Jun 2012, 13:44 6

11. bbblader (Posts: 536; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


also because if it had better specs it could rival the lumia version that is being produced now

posted on 16 Jun 2012, 11:34 3

5. cornerofthemoon (Posts: 487; Member since: 20 Apr 2010)


I wonder if it will have carrier support or will it be stuck in unlocked Hell.

posted on 16 Jun 2012, 11:37 8

8. Muhannad (Posts: 455; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


Unlocked is only hell because of the prices but other than that I see no disadvantage especially with Androids where you don't have to wait for carriers to push updates to your phone.

posted on 16 Jun 2012, 13:58 2

12. cityeighteen (Posts: 40; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)


Just go with a prepaid plan (such as RedPocket or StraightTalk) and unlocked becomes the cheaper option.

posted on 16 Jun 2012, 21:08

29. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


idiot
dont buy carrier phones if you are a real fandroid

posted on 16 Jun 2012, 21:11

30. -box- (Posts: 3570; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


T-Mobile is also a good choice. Their Value plans give a discount for having your own phone, and with the 1900MHz spectrum being allocated, more phones will work on their faster data services. AT&T prepaid or other prepaid that use AT&T's network would also be good for better coverage and solid speeds

posted on 16 Jun 2012, 11:35 6

6. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


Please be in the form of a LUMIA.

posted on 16 Jun 2012, 11:36 3

7. cornerofthemoon (Posts: 487; Member since: 20 Apr 2010)


It would be cool if it were the announcement of the Lumia 808 with WP7 upgradable to Apollo but I'm probably dreaming.

posted on 16 Jun 2012, 11:48 1

9. santaclaus (Posts: 52; Member since: 20 Jul 2011)


belle is lack of support in US....
will it probably mean lumia pureview is popular in US and they will launch it on that day?

posted on 16 Jun 2012, 13:06

10. RangersK (Posts: 59; Member since: 15 May 2012)


That's the camera I've been waiting for.

posted on 16 Jun 2012, 14:08 8

13. stylinred (Posts: 50; Member since: 03 Mar 2012)


it runs Belle FP1

and the specs dont need to be Android like because the OS is mature enough to run smoothly without it

posted on 16 Jun 2012, 14:46 4

14. fur0n (Posts: 69; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)


I don't think it will get all too many sales because the Samsung galaxy s3 is hitting the us on Thursday.

posted on 16 Jun 2012, 17:39 3

18. SleepingOz (Posts: 2484; Member since: 22 Oct 2011)


Even if the GSIII wasn't on sale in the US, this phone will still be a fail...

posted on 16 Jun 2012, 18:29 1

19. fur0n (Posts: 69; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)


ya almost any phone coming out now days has better specs besides the camera.

posted on 16 Jun 2012, 21:49 2

34. -box- (Posts: 3570; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Specs aren't everything, and your statement is inaccurate. Yes, a Galaxy S3, HTC OneX, and any number of other high-end phones could run circles around this for certain tasks like graphics or data speed. However, I counter that with the following: first, the 808 isn't designed to compete with those. It's not even priced near them, so Nokia recognizes that, while it's the highest-spec Symbian yet released, folks aren't cross-shopping it with more mainstream devices. It's a niche phone, and it is honest about that. Secondly, the specs are good for what it does: 4" AMOLED with ClearBlack technology, more than enough RAM and processing power for making the 808 the most fluid and responsive Symbian yet, in addition to handling the extensive tasks involving the camera's operation. Third, high-end specs of late tend to be in place In order to make up for inefficiencies in the software though to be fair, some folks are using their phones for near-computer tasks, so the processing power isn't being used just to hide inefficiencies. Windows Phone, MeeGo, and (it pains me to say this) even ios demonstrate that decently written OSes can run solidly without cutting-edge specs. I'm not saying all phones that use cutting edge specs are using inefficient software, just that there are some that do, and, sadly, the most popular of these is Android (which I like!) so there is the misconception that everyone NEEDZ MOAR POWA or else the phone is junk, which is very much not the case. Quad core Androids aren't even using all the cores, to demonstrate the point that more isn't better or even necessary for now. Just like computers, most software doesn't require the high end spec components, but it's nice having the power there for if/when it IS needed.

posted on 16 Jun 2012, 19:21 1

22. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


True...

posted on 16 Jun 2012, 20:53 2

25. JSern (Posts: 282; Member since: 22 May 2011)


Fandroid

posted on 16 Jun 2012, 22:00

36. deadhead (Posts: 17; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


The main reason the GS3 will sell more, is because ATT and Verizon will subsidize the s**t out of it..

if you put the 808 and the GS3 in a store next to each other @ $700 each I bet the difference in sales will be completely different.

posted on 16 Jun 2012, 15:22 5

15. sprockkets (Posts: 946; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


Wow, if only Nokia marketed the N900 and N9 this way. Idiots, selling their soul to the devil.

posted on 16 Jun 2012, 16:16 1

17. TROLL.ISAHA (banned) (Posts: 535; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)


Agree...

posted on 16 Jun 2012, 21:12

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


What do you mean 'market'? This is just a Facebook page for the Nokia 808. Besides, if Nokia is able to 'market' the Nokia 808, it would be worth it due only to the Pureview technology.

Sorry, but the N900 nor the N9 had such groundbreaking tech, at least none that would have appealed to the masses. Nonetheless, all 3 devices are niche, but the Nokia 808 will probably have greater sales than the N900 and the N9 due to the camera.

posted on 16 Jun 2012, 22:08

37. -box- (Posts: 3570; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


I agree that the N series haven't been huge sellers and not compelling to the average buyer, and that they are absolutely niche products, however, they are cutting edge. Think of them as the equivalent of Google's Nexus line: the N series have shown Nokia's latest distribution-ready tech and R&D, that sometimes isn't mainstream ready, but appeals to early-adopters who want the absolute newest tech in the industry before everyone else. In a way, both lines are like the Mercedes S-Class or other high-luxury vehicles, or the best supercars (or use whatever other industry you want, be it audio, electronics, appliances, computers, whatever): state of the art tech that will eventually trickle flown to mainstream "average" products of the same industry that only limited buyers have access to initially. For Symbian, Nokia, and camera enthusiasts, this is our S-Class, our Ferrari, the thing we can acquire which gives us a glimpse of the future in the industry that we can use now, even if it does use some older tech to pull it off. Mercedes still uses an internal combustion engine, still uses typical doors, and doesn't push the boundaries of design, ergonomics, or aesthetics, but you don't hear complaints from customers dropping over $100k for one

posted on 16 Jun 2012, 21:54 3

35. deadhead (Posts: 17; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


I've been using Symbian in the US for a long time.. Belle does everything the other "modern" smartphones do.. some things a little better, some things a little worse..you kow, normal stuff.

The 808 is the only exciting phone on the market right now, everything else just looks mundane..

posted on 16 Jun 2012, 22:27 1

38. -box- (Posts: 3570; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Exactly. Not just for us, but at CES 2012.

Let's review examples:
Galaxy S3: great, but not as overwhelmingly superior as its predecessors.
Iphone4s: improvements over its predecessors, most notably the camera, but still an iPhone, still mostly unchanged for user experience compared to the original.
Lumia 900: great to look at and use (i own one) , excellent at what it does and very satisfying for it, but it doesn't stir the imagination or break any molds the N9 and Lumia 800 didn't do, excepting U.S. carrier availability.
Sony Xperia [any]: again, visually striking for its uniqueness, good camera, but not very compelling.
DROID RAZR/ RAZR MAXX: great design, very good battery life given the size, but still aged, and with the onset of multiple gigs of RAM and quad core processors ( even though unnecessary, still cutting edge) less competitive and compelling, especially if/when it's successor comes out.
The only specs I'm interested in are screen size, resolution, and camera quality. The OSes are satisfactory with common specs, so the extra goodies are what set the phones truly apart, for me anyway

posted on 17 Jun 2012, 02:23 1

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


It's a shame that this phone come with such out dated hardware. I bet with at least duo-core (S4) and 1 gb of ram, this little guy will sell like a hot cake.

posted on 17 Jun 2012, 08:34

41. stylinred (Posts: 50; Member since: 03 Mar 2012)


well no1 can really complain about more ram ;) but nokia did put 2x the amount of ram/cpu speed compared to the last generation

posted on 17 Jun 2012, 10:47

42. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 5651; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


STOP TEASING NOKIA AND BRING THIS TO A CARRIER.

posted on 17 Jun 2012, 15:32

44. lubba (Posts: 1310; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


Bring the camera but not the OS. Would be sending mixed messages to consumers.

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