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Gorgeous camera makes this a must-buy Windows Phone

Remember Finnish phonemaker Nokia Oyj.'s (HEL:NOK1Vincredible "41 megapixel" PureView 808?  The phone was more than just hype -- it was an engineering marvel packing Carl Zeiss optics paired with a sensor that was four times the size of that found in the camera of Apple, Inc.'s traditionally well-regarded (AAPLiPhone 4S -- commonly viewed as an industry leader in image quality.

A smartphone to rival discrete digital cameras, the most baffling and disappointing aspect of the announcement was that the operating system involved was Symbian Belle, a soon-to-be-defunct in-house design from Nokia.  

But just as the collective Darth Vader-esque "NOOOO!!!" swept the smartphone community, Nokia has apparently come to its senses, revealing that a Windows Phone variant (in the Lumia family) is on its way.

Nokia PureView 808
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Nokia SVP of Mobile Phones Jo Harlow broke the good news in an interview with Finnish newspaper Aamuleht.  Better still, other sources say the phone is likely destined to hit American shores in Windows Phone form.

Nokia already has a very attractive Windows Phone lineup emerging in the U.S., led by the sleek and chic Lumia 900 LTE.  But those attractive models may pale in comparison to the Lumia PureView 808 whose awesome optics would make it the Windows Phone to get -- period -- and perhaps even the phone to get of any smartphone, for photo buffs.

The phone is expected to carry Microsoft's coming Apollo release, and according to Ms. Harlow (translated), "I can’t say precisely when [the Windows Phone variant will launch], but it will not take very long."

Nokia Pure
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So it sounds like a buyers -- possibly U.S. buyers, may be able to get their greedy paws on this marvelous device before the end of the year.  

Perhaps this will be the must-have differentiator to finally draw customers to the impressive Windows Phone operating system, which arguably leads Android and iOS in intuitive, attractive interface design, though badly trailing those top players in sales.  Perhaps that expensive Nokia partnership is finally paying off, after all.

Sources: Aamulehti [translated], WPCentral

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By Tequilasunriser on 3/5/2012 5:16:31 PM , Rating: 4
If Nokia could bring a Windows Phone 8 LTE phone with a dual core A15 based processor and expandable memory (Micro SD) to Sprint I'd buy it.

Hopefully it happens before the end of the year.

By apinkel on 3/5/2012 5:24:46 PM , Rating: 2

By jnemesh on 3/5/2012 6:24:47 PM , Rating: 1
I think you are hopelessly optimistic to think that something like that would appear by year end! At BEST we will see the single core Nokia "flagship" phones arrive, probably late at that. Dual core? WP7 "doesnt need" it, remember? Seriously, Nokia has been abysmally slow with their WP7 launch, I wouldn't expect dual core phones until this time next year...assuming the platform survives that long!

By Mitch101 on 3/5/2012 9:19:33 PM , Rating: 2
Ben Rudolph betting $100 that Windows Phone is faster

Microsoft 30 wins, 3 losses, and 1 draw.

By piroroadkill on 3/6/2012 9:33:59 AM , Rating: 2
They have godawful javascript performance, so you could beat that all day long.

By benrumson on 3/12/2012 5:42:01 PM , Rating: 2
Probably won't be long for Windows-808. Gotta figure that Win7.5 cellphone got hit by the 41mp camera bus AND Win7.5 sales were already crawling. There's no way Microsoft/Nokia can tolerate anything less than a "walk-off home run" for Christmas season 2012. The weekend before Thanksgiving, 2012, cellphone sales will be "game-over". Take a look at 2011 releases. In order to hit XMAS season, the releases were July 1 thru Labor Day. People need to change carriers to get best subsidized deal. Earlier market release is best

By DrChemist on 3/7/2012 11:14:18 AM , Rating: 1
All this demand for dual core from WP7 is ridiculous. Currently, the OS is so well optimized that it can run butter smooth with single core 1.5GHz. So why have a dual core that will eat more battery life if there is no need for it. The real issue is that most Qualcomm chipsets with single core have crap video chips on board. Adreno 200 and 205 on a new device is just ridiculous. It makes for slow gaming.

When WP8 "Apollo" comes out it will need the Quad Cortex A9 or Dual Cortex A15 because it will use the Windows 8 kernel and require more multitasking support. It will also need the graphics power of the newer chips PowerVR SGX6XX or Adreno 3XX to handle the higher resolutions and a camera like this with 41MP and still be butter smooth.

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