The 41-megapixel cameraphone from Nokia, the 808 PureView, has finally been confirmed to be hitting a few nations across the world in the weeks to come, some time after being announced at the Mobile World Conference in Barcelona. Here’s what’s been announced so far.
Nokia have stated that the phone will still start rolling out to selected markets in late May. The first two nations to receive the 808 PureView are Russia and India – two massive markets in which Symbian is still a big deal, even though it’s nowhere near as cutting edge as it once was. Still, the launch will undoubtedly be popular for Nokia, and retailers across the world have already begun flogging Nokia 808 PureView accessories.
A few days after this news was released, another country was added to the roadmap thanks to a Nokia Conversations blog: Mexico. The Spanish blog said that the phone would be released in late May again, so we should be seeing the Nokia 808 PureView there quite soon. For Americans close to the border or with relatives on the other side, this is the best official hope for getting a Nokia 808.
Of course, there may still be a sliver of hope for the United States. While Nokia originally said that it was going to ignore the North American market for the Nokia 808 PureView’s release, the camera-phone did enter and pass FCC certification just a few days ago. This revealed the internals of the phone for all to see, but also mean that the phone would be legally allowed to be released in the US.
And that’s about it as far as the Nokia 808 is concerned. Of course, the 808 PureView may yet see release dates in other nations – I’d be highly surprised if we didn’t see the phone released in Nokia’s home market of Finland, for instance, and the UK was rumoured to be getting the phone at the beginning of May – a date which has since passed, but does make it more hopeful that the phone will be released more widely in the weeks and months to come.
The phone is expected to be on the pricy side, so start saving now. Estimates have put it in the range of about $800, although this will likely vary fairly considerably depending on what country it is sold in and how much it costs to have it shipped from these countries to where you live. UK estimates, for example, for the sim-free Nokia 808 PureView sit north of £500 – quite a lot for a Symbian OS phone.
If you’re worried about the price of admission, then the best thing to do may be to wait. Nokia will undoubtedly be looking to bring its PureView tech to its rather more mainstream Lumia series of Windows Phones, which may be available with the launch of Windows Phone 8 in fall of this year.
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