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Nokia and Amazon.com bring PureView stateside, but the Nokia 808 PureView will still be saddled with Symbian OS

When Nokia pulled the wraps off the 808 PureView back in February, a lot of mobile phone users were interested in the phone and its groundbreaking camera. The phone boasts a 41-megapixel camera sensor making it more like a digital camera that can make calls than a smartphone with an integrated camera.
 
The big letdown of the announcement was certainly that the smartphone would be running the Symbian OS. Right on the heels of the operating system as the biggest letdown in the announcement of the 808 PureView was that the phone would only come to Europe.
 
Now, however, Nokia has announced that thanks to consumer interest it and Amazon.com have agreed to launch the Nokia 808 PureView in the U.S. The smartphone will be offered unlocked and unsubsidized exclusively on Amazon.com for $699. The smartphone will come with a SIM card that will work on the AT&T network. Nokia notes that the smartphone will work on the T-Mobile network as well but only at 2G speeds.
 
The phone will still feature 41-megapixel sensor that got us excited back in February with Carl Zeiss optics. The smartphone camera will also feature technology to allow the camera to oversample and combine up to seven pixels into one "pure" pixel. That feature promises to eliminate visual noise common in another camera phones. Other features include the ability to record full HD video and the phone can record CD-like sound quality using internal microphones thanks to the first use of Nokia Rich Recording technology.
 
The mobile phone has a four-inch display and promises 6.5 hours of 3G talk time a full charge. Unfortunately, the phone will run the same Symbian OS European devices use.

Source: Nokia



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facepalm
By NellyFromMA on 6/19/2012 12:39:29 PM , Rating: 2
Inclusion of Symbian is asinine. Releasing new phones with obsolete software can never be wise.




RE: facepalm
By JasonMick (blog) on 6/19/2012 12:48:48 PM , Rating: 2
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Inclusion of Symbian is asinine. Releasing new phones with obsolete software can never be wise.
Agreed, might as well make it dual boot BlackBerry 7 while you're at it.

It's a pity... such a beautiful image sensor on that phone. Hopefully a WinPhone upgrade will land before too long.


RE: facepalm
By Reclaimer77 on 6/19/2012 2:01:47 PM , Rating: 2
Releasing WAY overpriced phones to get a bit more image quality from the camera doesn't seem very wise to me. $699? Who honestly wants to buy this?

Good luck Nokia!


RE: facepalm
By JasonMick (blog) on 6/19/2012 3:02:33 PM , Rating: 1
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Releasing WAY overpriced phones to get a bit more image quality from the camera doesn't seem very wise to me. $699? Who honestly wants to buy this?
A bit more??

The thing has 4x time the sensor surface area as the iPhone 4S, which in turn has a bigger sensor than just about any Android phone (regardless of the megapixel resolution).

Cool the hate and give Nokia a little iota of credit there. That's not "a bit more", it's the difference from smartphone pictures and a full-blown digital camera on your phone.

Still agree with the ops that it's moronic to ship this with Symbian Belle, though, particularly with developers fleeing from that platform en masse.


RE: facepalm
By Reclaimer77 on 6/19/2012 4:28:39 PM , Rating: 2
Yes but Jason, the idea that there's demand for that is silly. The general phone buying public really doesn't place such a high value on the camera. Current cameras are "good enough", and the rest of this phone is pretty mediocre.

Hate? Okay so just because you love Windows phone, we all have to love Nokia now too? I don't hate Nokia, I just "hate" the idea of this phone especially at this price point.

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That's not "a bit more", it's the difference from smartphone pictures and a full-blown digital camera on your phone.


Dude people aren't even buying digital cameras all that much anymore! Smart phones, even with their inferior cameras, are slowly but surely marginalizing the dedicated camera industry. When the average person just want's pictures to send to their friends and family or put on Facebook, smart phones are convenient and "good enough" for most uses.

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Still agree with the ops that it's moronic to ship this with Symbian Belle, though, particularly with developers fleeing from that platform en masse.


That just goes to how poorly thought out this was. I guess they figure people will be so jazzed about a bigger sensor, they'll put up with anything? Shipping ANY phone to the United States at this point with Symbian running on it is just baffling. And for $699!!??


RE: facepalm
By theapparition on 6/20/2012 9:26:10 AM , Rating: 2
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Dude people aren't even buying digital cameras all that much anymore! Smart phones, even with their inferior cameras, are slowly but surely marginalizing the dedicated camera industry. When the average person just want's pictures to send to their friends and family or put on Facebook, smart phones are convenient and "good enough" for most uses.

Disagree with this comment.

Low price Point & Shoot cameras are indeed getting marginalized by "good enough" cell phone cameras. But the dSLR market is taking off. You're starting to see the divide between having something in your pocket for everyday use, and dedicated cameras for those must have shots.


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