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

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!


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808 PureView
  • Display 4.0" 360 x 640 pixels
  • Camera 41 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1400 mAh(6.50h 3G talk time)

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27 Comments

1. JBz007

Posts: 63; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

Nokia still makes phones?

22. -RVM-

Posts: 331; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

and still the biggest phone maker in the world.

2. bragzter

Posts: 53; Member since: Feb 21, 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.

3. pedobear

Posts: 22; Member since: Feb 24, 2012

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

4. tahnik

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 17, 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....

5. the_s2

Posts: 239; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

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

6. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

i hate you now nokia

7. bbblader

Posts: 590; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

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

12. simplyj

Posts: 406; Member since: Dec 23, 2009

the fxck is a showder?

15. bbblader

Posts: 590; Member since: Oct 24, 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

19. abaza121

Posts: 17; Member since: Oct 02, 2011

wow..too many details

21. Mandroid

Posts: 209; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

Halfway decent spelling and grammar?

8. ReturningToNokia

Posts: 130; Member since: Jul 09, 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.

9. phoneghoul

Posts: 12; Member since: Mar 01, 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.

13. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 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"

10. chapizzo

Posts: 116; Member since: Sep 13, 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.

16. shimmyx20

Posts: 280; Member since: Mar 03, 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

18. DigitalJedi_X2

Posts: 346; Member since: Jan 30, 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.

11. alekso9

Posts: 40; Member since: Jan 30, 2012

Honestly...i really don't care.

14. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 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

23. -RVM-

Posts: 331; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

so why u post ?

17. DigitalJedi_X2

Posts: 346; Member since: Jan 30, 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!

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.

26. metoyou

Posts: 279; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Ooops

27. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1260; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

Thanks to TROJAN-HORSE StephenElop....

28. thelegend6657 unregistered

Stupid move

30. aldenone

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 07, 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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