Nokia 808 PureView Coming to America Complete with 41MP Image Sensor
June 19, 2012 10:46 AM
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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
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.
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6/19/2012 10:12:35 PM
You guys are absolutely silly.... Arguing over nothing.
In the end no matter what you think of Symbian OS it's dead it's eol and not a platform worth following for one reason perhaps more than any and that is even if you bought ANY Symbian phone today the likelihood of your following upgrade also being a Symbian phone is practically nonexistent!!! So why buy any apps even if they do continue to release them say or the next year or so when they won't transfer to your win8/iOS/android device in 1-2 years when it's time to replace your Pureview.
Is Symbian great? It was. It could still be but it just isn't anymore. It could be in the future except it's EOL so I guess it won't.
And here is a good question: if both a Symbian and a win7.5 Pureview were released the same day which would sell better? Whether you think it's marketing, advertising, or sales tactics used by phone companies the answer would undoubtedly be the Win7.5 version by a large margin. That alone means this Symbian Pureview is a con.
6/20/2012 9:24:00 AM
To be honest, if you buy a new phone now, it will be dead and/or obsolete when Symbian will be actually dead, meaning no support, no fixes, anything. So this alone should not stop anyone buying a Symbian phone - you'll be replacing it anyway when it will be an issue. Check the other aspects - if it has apps you need, if it is fast enough for you, etc.
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