Nokia 808 PureView US release gets confirmed
It might not enjoy carrier subsidies but it will make it to North America
Published: 11 May, 2012
For anyone in the US drooling over the 808 PureView's camera, and seething about the fact that it probably won't be released there, seeth no longer. Talking to PCMag Nokia's US President Chris Weber has confirmed that the PureView is going to make its way to North America even if it won't be enjoying carrier subsidies. "We'll figure out a way to make that available in the U.S. in the next couple of months" said Chris to the site, so it looks like anyone who wants one won't have to wait long.
Of course if it's being sold unlocked to customers directly that means it's going cost a pretty penny and will be one for the only the most dedicated Nokia fans or anyone after the ultimate smartphone camera.
Aside from its 41mp camera the specs are pretty much average for a mid-range handset and the PureView offers a 1.3GHz single-core processor, 512MB of RAM and a 4" screen. In addition to this it comes with 16GB of internal storage and is powered by a 1400mAh battery.
With a European SIM-free price tag that is equivalent to over $700 in the US the price certainly looks a little high without the benefit of getting it cheaper on a contract from a carrier. It also seems as if the handset will be limited in the connectivity options it offers and is set to come with support for AT&T's 3G bands.
Meanwhile in the UK the handset is due to launch this month but there's some confusion over exactly when it's going to go on sale as no official release date has been specified. However the safest bet seems to be May 31 as that's when Amazon is going to start shipping the phone.
No doubt it's good news for Belle fans or anyone after a decent camera on their phone but with the technology set to feature in future Lumia devices the 808 PureView won't have it's unique selling point for very long.