Nokia 808 PureView: and now for the price...

Nokia 808 PureView: and now for the price...Nokia has single-handedly changed the definition of “cameraphone” forever in announcing the 808 PureView with its oversized 41-megapixel image sensor at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

But groundbreaking tech doesn't generally come cheap, and we've been silently wincing at the thought of just how much Nokia will charge snap-happy mobile lovers to get their hands on its latest imaging superstar. The answer? £465.

That's according to Unlocked Mobiles, which has slapped up a pre-order page for the Symbian device in double-quick time, keen to catch the first wave of SIM-free early adopters.

Whether that's a final price remains to be seen, but it does fall largely into line with Nokia's official comments when launching the 808 PureView at MWC, which set the price at €450 (£380-odd) but before any local taxes and subsidies had been factored in.

Slightly more welcome news is that – again, according to Unlocked Mobiles – the first 808 PureView stocks are set to arrive around 23 April, slightly ahead of the May timeframe we'd been led to believe.

Is £465 too much? Depends how you look at it. Based purely on the camera, the price is pretty much what we expected, and it's one that the true mobile photography enthusiast will gladly pay, as there's simply nothing that even comes close to its photographic pedigree.

Looking at everything else, however, and £465 seems ludicrously high for what (again, aside from the camera) is ultimately little more than a mid-range smartphone.

When it comes to the 808 PureView, the bottom line is this: either buy it for its camera, or don't buy it at all.

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Treab  Feb. 28, 2012 at 11:36

That's 425 quid more than its worth

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 28, 2012 at 13:32

You may not like Symbian, and you may, like I do, find the whole package p*ssugly. But that doesn't make it "mid-range", sorry.
It's not up there with the SGS2 etc etc, but it has the hardware to support Nokia Belle - thus making it a phone with a speedy OS - even if YOU don't like it. It has Gorilla Glass, ClearBlack, USB otg etc etc ...
Give me a break. Mid-range is a Galaxy-Rebooter-Ace. Mid-range is a Wildfire....
We also know that the price will come down, and that, anyways, most people buy their phones network-subsidised. A sim-free iPhone is £700-ish... And yet loadsa people with zip money have one; cause they think they got it for free with their 24-months contract... The vast majority of users have zero idea how much their phone would be sim-free.

But that is not the point. A dislike for an OS you probably haven't used in, oh, it's midrange, fo' sure?
Makes no sense.
I'm calling the embassy in Barcelona so they can med-evac you :p

Stelph  Feb. 28, 2012 at 13:40

Yes considering the specs arent anything to shout about it seems theis is more of a tech demo than anything else tbh, wont see many sales at that price I think

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 28, 2012 at 13:54

Yes considering the specs arent anything to shout about it seems theis is more of a tech demo than anything else tbh, wont see many sales at that price I think

True, if that price stays as it is.
It does remind of the Nokia N91 - first a huge ad-campaign, than a huge price; then: oh, we never meant it to be mass-market device LOL

Nah, it'll be something like £300 on prepay and "from free" on contract. The N900 sold steadily. Is still selling steadily, in fact.
It was overpriced, ugly and an utter niche product upon launch - and the OS needed loadsa love which it never got from Nokia (though Maemo on the N900 was much more mature and everyday-ready than MeeGo on the N9, but that is another story).

The Lumia 800 is already 25-30% down in price (sim-free), and to my amazement it IS selling okay - beating all other WP releases combined.

So, in my nutshell: you're wrong :p

Treab  Feb. 28, 2012 at 15:16

We all know the price needs to be 200 ish. sorry nokia fail sir.

ZAMAM  Feb. 29, 2012 at 10:49


appu  Mar. 2, 2012 at 10:46

41 mp camera is no need to mobile phone

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 2, 2012 at 12:37

41 mp camera is no need to mobile phone

Appu, the Nokia 808 does not produce 41 MP images (THAT would fill up a mobile's storage pretty fast, alright).
It's a 41 MP sensor, that allows you to crop/virtually zoom into 1MP-5MP images of high detail. It also means digital zooming is basically redefined as you zoom into a 41 MP 'scene' and still get a good 1-5MP 'cut-out'!

Have Nokia's Mr Dinning explain it:

Treab  Mar. 2, 2012 at 13:12

what the hell is a 'screne'...

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 2, 2012 at 13:49

...ask webOS spellcheck :p
my guess? “scene”

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 9, 2012 at 12:48

€599 on pre-order in Italy, but "price and package content may change"


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