Nokia 808 PureView officially out in the UK on Saturday

Nokia 808 PureView officially out in the UK on SaturdayFancy getting your hands on the 41-megapixel Nokia 808 PureView? Well, looks like you're just days away from your prayers being answered.

Amazon UK reckons the photo-friendly handset will be available in both black and white guises as soon as Saturday, and Nokia itself has confirmed the news.

Amazon's product pages for the Symbian Belle (sorry, Nokia Belle) photo beast reveal a pre-order price tag of £499.98 SIM-free, which is largely what we were expecting.

As for the date, it may seem a little odd to choose a Saturday for releasing a new product into the wild – or at least it does until you realise that Saturday is June 30, the last day of the second quarter.

However, even if it does technically manage to go on sale in the first half of the year, that will still make it more than four months since the 808 PureView was announced at Mobile World Congress.

Given its price, Nokia's super snapper offers a decidedly modest spec when compared head to head with any number of Android heavyweights. It's just a single-core processor on board running at 1.3GHz, which is backed up by 512MB of RAM.

Internal storage is 16GB, while the 4-inch AMOLED display dominates the front – an undoubted strength, but not quite in the league of the top smartphone screens around.

That price, then, is clearly all to do with the camera, which constitutes a big step forward for mobile photography – one you'll be reminded of on a regular basis when you try to wedge the thing into your trouser pocket.

Nokia has never pitched the 808 PureView as a mass-market device, simply because it isn't (as illustrated by the fact that none of the UK networks have taken it on for some contract love). For most people, spending £500 on a decidedly chunky Symbian-based single-core device is lunacy.

But if a top-notch camera is a priority, £500 will be a price worth paying, as it doesn't get more top-notch than this.

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matt101101 / MOD  Jun. 26, 2012 at 19:47

Jan will be pleased...

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 26, 2012 at 20:07

Yes. Who can send me one? :(

barrybarryk  Jun. 26, 2012 at 21:59

Why on earth would you want that? If you want a really good camera you can buy a decent dslr for well under £500 and if you rule out the camera, there are much better phones for free on cheap contracts.

matt101101 / MOD  Jun. 26, 2012 at 22:00

For £500 plus £50 for shipping and effort, I'll have one with you by Tuesday :p.

bettsy  Jun. 26, 2012 at 22:15

£500 Sim free? This puts the final nail in the coffin for Nokia.

matt101101 / MOD  Jun. 26, 2012 at 22:35

£500 Sim free? This puts the final nail in the coffin for Nokia.

Final nail? I thought of this as more of a Nokia from beyond the grave...

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 26, 2012 at 23:22

Why on earth would you want that? If you want a really good camera you can buy a decent dslr for well under £500 and if you rule out the camera, there are much better phones for free on cheap contracts.
I was only half-serious. I am curious, admittedly. I can live okay with Symbian. But I'd not pay the kind of money they want now. I a few months I'll shoot a used one.

matt101101 / MOD  Jun. 26, 2012 at 23:32

I'll shoot a used one.
Easier to explain to the Police if you just stamp on it mate :p.

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