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

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?

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

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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



44. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

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

42. InspectorGadget80 unregistered


39. metoyou

Posts: 279; Member since: Oct 19, 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.

41. stylinred

Posts: 50; Member since: Mar 03, 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

35. deadhead

Posts: 17; Member since: Apr 13, 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..

38. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 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

15. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

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


Posts: 535; Member since: Mar 28, 2012


31. ReturningToNokia

Posts: 130; Member since: Jul 09, 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.

37. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 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

14. fur0n

Posts: 84; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

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

18. SleepingOz unregistered

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

19. fur0n

Posts: 84; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

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

34. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 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.


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012


25. JSern

Posts: 282; Member since: May 22, 2011


36. deadhead

Posts: 17; Member since: Apr 13, 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.

13. stylinred

Posts: 50; Member since: Mar 03, 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

10. RangersK

Posts: 68; Member since: May 15, 2012

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

9. santaclaus

Posts: 52; Member since: Jul 20, 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?

7. cornerofthemoon

Posts: 620; Member since: Apr 20, 2010

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

6. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

Please be in the form of a LUMIA.

5. cornerofthemoon

Posts: 620; Member since: Apr 20, 2010

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

8. Muhannad

Posts: 455; Member since: Sep 20, 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.

12. cityeighteen

Posts: 40; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

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

29. thelegend6657 unregistered

idiot dont buy carrier phones if you are a real fandroid

30. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 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

3. akita256

Posts: 100; Member since: Jan 26, 2012

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

4. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 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.

11. bbblader

Posts: 590; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

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

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