Nokia 808 PureView now officially coming to the US, priced at $699

Nokia 808 PureView now officially coming to the US, priced at $699
The Nokia 808 PureView might just be the revolution in cameraphones, and that revolution is now officially coming to the United States. Nokia finally confirmed that the 808 PureView will arrive on US soil, and Amazon Wireless has got the handset listed for an off-contract price of $699.

And that’s as good as it gets - don’t expect any carrier subsidies on this 41-megapixel cameraphone. The 808 PureView is coming only because of “popular demand” and despite the fact that it runs on the dated Symbian platform.

Originally, the handset wasn’t even supposed to come to the North American market. Nokia clearly stated that the 808 PureView will be available pretty much everywhere, but not on the North American market. Now, the company flip-flops.

And that’s very likely to be the last Symbian handset that the US market will see. But for enthusiasts for whom the platform doesn’t matter all that much, who are all about a smartphone camera news about the 808 PureView coming to the States should sound like a blessing.

The phone gives mid-range point-and-shoots a run, and a recent survey showed that it actually beats some cameras like the Olympus E-PL2. Not bad for a smartphone, right?

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808 PureView
  • Display 4.0 inches
    640 x 360 pixels
  • Camera 41 MP (Single camera)
    0.3 MP VGA front
  • Hardware , 0.5GB RAM
  • Storage 16GB, microSDHC
  • Battery 1400 mAh
  • OS Symbian Belle



22. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1227; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

RVM You clearly haven't got a clue of what you're on about! :'D Xenon Flash, FM Transmitter, "awesome" camera technologies (LOL!!) are hardware, not the OS! Its down to what OEMs choose to put in, i could argue that Symbians dont have great high res displays, nor are there great accessories for them. WRT Xenon flash, FM Transmitter, and "awesome" Camera technologies with "rich" recording, there are ONLY TWO current Symbians with all these things in reality, one is the outdated non-FP1 Belle N8 the other the being the DOA Nokia 808 PureView. The majority of Symbians have awful EDoF cameras that cant even read a barcode due to no AF, they dont have Xenon flash, most dont have a FM transmitter. You are not guaranteed these features with each Symbian. LOL! Excuse me? No proper Office Tools for Android??? Ever heard of Polaris Office or Kingsoft Office? Both of which are very powerful and take advantage of the excellent hardware in Android and allow sync with Evernote. These are just two of countless office apps available Gravity, ah yes, that dated app, in Android apps like Seesmic, TweetCaster, TweetDeck, FriendCaster, Flipboard, Instagram, FourSquare, the OFFICIAL Twitter and Facebook apps etc...make gravity look rather old and primitive. Androids have much better media support, other than the fact that Samsung and LG Androids support Xvid, DivX, FLAC etc...out-the-box in Android there are tons of media apps that enable many more codecs, VLC is even on its way. Name me ATLEAST 5 Symbians that can play and record HD1080P video? GS2, GS3, GNote, HTC Sensation, HTC One X, HTC One are just a few Androids i can name. :)

20. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1227; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

"smartphone" I said it doesn't deserve a price of $699, and rather $499 and that even at that point many would wait for a price drop, learn to read properly. HD recording doesn't determine pricing, the Xperia Arc is priced like that thanks to it being a great overall package, something the 808 isn't. Indeed, not everybody plays Angry Birds on their phones, many use them for Web browsing, Social Networking, watching high quality media, reading the news and ebooks, email, office tools like exchange etc...things an Arc, and other Androids do better than Symbian, thanks for validating my point. :) Snoobab Lol, dont make me laugh, Android matched Symbian functionality long ago with 2.2 Froyo, anything you name now will be due to hardware not the OS. He has a strange way of talking Nokia's "rich" recording tech, as last i checked my GS2's recording is not "shaky" ,lol! RVM All that you mentioned is available on Android or bettered by OEM's technologies, and then some. ;) oh BTW thanks for showing how little progress Symbian has made in Belle.

21. -RVM-

Posts: 331; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Well i don't know about widely available Android smartphones with FM transmitter built-in, Dolby Digital plus or Dolby headphone support or even Xenon flash. They only learnt USB on-the-go with SGS2 last year (year after N8). Not to mention awesome camera technologies and Rich Recording. --- Your claim about Android being able to do things better than Symbian is plain bs. There aren't even proper office tools (like MS Office) on Android. Also, social networking is great on Symbian with apps like Gravity. Also, Symbian has upper hand in watching "high-quality media", since it has great video-codec support out of the box, since N8 times.

19. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

I was hoping for some update on Nokia wp8 and what carriers will get what so I can make decision to either stay with Tmo or drop them. But this and for $700. No thanks. I'll save that $700 for the Surface.

10. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

I hope some disgrunted us owner will find a way to make it run android.

15. -RVM-

Posts: 331; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

maybe, but than it wouldn't be able to handle such camera.

9. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1291; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

Why don't they release it on AT&T or T-Mobile with subsidized price like Lumia900??? Well the Tr0janH0rse won't like a symbian phone getting good sales in US, right... Well done Tr0janH0rse, do you have the guts to sell PureView powered Lumia handset on FULL PRICE like this????

8. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1227; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

"smartphone" 1. NO, Symbian does NOT have the basics well covered. 2. WTF is "shaky" video and snaps? Please, dont come at me with that fanboy garbage. 3. NOBODY said it was about apps. My GS2 takes excellent pics and vids, thank you very much :) , but thats not the point here, the point is that even Symbian fans will find this very steep, its almost as if Nokia don't want this to sell.

11. smartphone

Posts: 160; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

No I am not a fanboy you are. you said that this phone don't deserve even a 499$ price tag. You should know that xperia arc has roughly same specs and can't do 1080p and a price tag of 550$ here in India. Just because a device runs android doesn't mean you can charge anything for it. Symbian may not have the games and stuff but basic apps it has. Plus this device is for camera lovers, not every body plays angry birds on phones.

16. Snoobab

Posts: 175; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Errrm... Not to alarm you but Symbian Belle can do everything Android can, and then some. Android is _awesome_ but try Belle before you knock it. This is not S60v5 we're talking about. And what "smartphone" is refering to is Nokia's Rich Recording technology. Google it. P.S. It has nothing to do with quad-core CPUs, sorry.

18. disneydad

Posts: 114; Member since: Mar 26, 2012

I agree, try Symbian before you knock it. Very robust and pretty OS though not as fluid as Android, WP, and iOS. Plus, Nokia build quality is awesome. I have a Nokia C7 that I use as a standalone GPS currently because of the Nokia Maps offline feature which works flawlessly. My only gripe with the C7 was that it was seriously under powered and not enough memory.

17. -RVM-

Posts: 331; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Funny how u american guys consider this price to be very steep. I'm from Slovakia, yet i have no problem to preorder this one for 550€ (700$). Same like i had no problem to buy N8 for 440€ in 2010. Symbian has basics well covered. It also has free offline navigation for years, great battery performance, true multitasking, great video codec support, on-screen standby clock, the best camera UI (now in Belle FP1), supports mass storage mode, bluetooth file transfer, system-wide file manager, USB on-the-go, FM transmitter, HDMI 1080p output, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Headphone, DLNA, NFC... oh and it can even record your phone calls, unlike iPhone! Your GS2 takes really good pics and vids for a smartphone, but it's nowhere near 808.

6. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1227; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

$699 for a phone running on a platform that's already got one foot in the grave??? Madness! If it was $499 it would make sense and even then some would rather wait for a price drop. 4-5years ago paying $699 for a flagship Symbian was fine as they had top hardware, a great OS and tons of developers, those days are but history now.

7. smartphone

Posts: 160; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

It is only for the legacy customers and fans not everybody wants your 10 core smartphone with shaky video recording and snaps. Still 699$ is a bit high I agree on that. And don't tell me about apps I haven't a single person with more than 100 apps(only one geek) installed. Symbian has basic apps covered.

14. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Think of it this way; $350 camera (comparable to the high-end point-and-shoots) $350 phone (same price as a Nokia Lumia 710, which is an introductory or lower-middle-level smartphone running a newer, easier to use OS) I myself wish it were closer to $500 myself, because it'd be easier to justify the price, but I'll spend the extra money because it's the only phone I'll be getting myself for the next few years, until Windows Phone 8 is released and matured and there's a PureView camera in a Lumia

4. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

I wonder if Nokia is going to release the PureView image sensor in the Lumia line?

5. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

yes they will in prodigy

1. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Does the PureView run on only T-Mo and AT&T networks (GSM) in the U.S.?

2. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

I'm pretty sure that is a yes

12. rembo65

Posts: 58; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

red pocket or simple mobile all the way! especially after reading this article:

13. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

It'll run on any carrier that uses GSM, so, yes, T-Mobile and AT&T, along with any regional carriers and/or the carriers that use AT&T and/or T-Mobile's networks.

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