Nokia 808 PureView shipping this month

Nokia 808 PureView shipping this month

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.”

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JanSt / MOD  May. 2, 2012 at 19:44

So, June/July in Europe? Smack between "SGS3" and "iPhone 5"?

Pondlife  May. 2, 2012 at 19:49

So should they have done it between One X and sgs3 then? Or after iphone 5?

JanSt / MOD  May. 2, 2012 at 21:10

Hahahaha got me ;)
Nokia got many folks po'ed in the past for too much time between announcement an actual release... I would have thought they learned a lesson ;)
But you're right, of course.

Pondlife  May. 2, 2012 at 21:44

Besides it might yet be out before the SGS3..
Besides whenever it comes it has problems.

Stelph  May. 3, 2012 at 12:11

Will be interesting to see how this does, I know 3-4 people who bought a N8 for the sole reason that it had the best camera out there.

JanSt / MOD  May. 3, 2012 at 14:21

Will be interesting to see how this does, I know 3-4 people who bought a N8 for the sole reason that it had the best camera out there.

I believe it will sell well for a while. I know a few people who want one just for the camera...
Price and availability will be important, of course.


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