We've been waiting patiently on Nokia giving us an indication of when the 41-megapixel 808 PureView will go on sale, with some having even suggested that the handset is being deliberately hamstrung to make sure Nokia isn't left having to explain why a Symbian phone is outperforming its favoured Windows Phone offerings.
Well Nokia head of imaging Juha Alakarhu has ended the speculation by revealing that the 808 PureView will start rolling out this month, and has promised plenty more PureView-related camera goodness down the line.
India and Russia will be first in line for some PureView goodness later this month, with the UK set to follow suit by the end of next month.
The 808 PureView caught us all well and truly off guard when it was announced at Mobile World Congress, but it's actually the result of five years of development work that yielded camera-friendly devices such as the Nokia N86 and Nokia N8 along the way.
It's that long development curve that saw the 808 PureView linked so closely to Symbian that Nokia couldn't practically change course and shift the device from Symbian to Windows Phone instead. But Alakarhu repeated the promise that we'd be seeing more of PureView in the future, adding that Nokia's exclusive arrangement with Carl Zeiss had also been renewed.
“We are getting much more than just the optics components from Carl Zeiss,” Alakarhu told AllThingsD. “This is really a true partnership with Carl Zeiss. They have a big role throughout the development of our cameras.”
As for the future, Alakarhu wasn't straying far from the company line: “I probably shouldn’t say anything about our future surprises,” he said. “We are working hard on imaging technology.”