Nokia's 41-megapixel 808 PureView cameraphone has finally been given a UK release date, with MobileFun claiming the snap-happy chappy expected to touch down on May 7 for a SIM-free price of £539.
But before you go pillaging your life's savings in preparation, we should probably point out that Nokia itself has dismissed the claim as “simply speculation”.
The Nokia 808 PureView was one of the biggest showstoppers at Mobile World Congress in February, and without doubt the biggest surprise. We've come to expect good things from Nokia's imaging division, but the 808 takes things to a whole new level with its monster image sensor and mega pixel-count.
The not-so-good news – for most people, anyway – is that it runs Symbian Belle (now Nokia Belle), the smartphone OS that Nokia boss Stephen Elop so publicly announced as having no future more than a year ago now.
Still, many people won't see that as a deal-breaker given just how special the camera appears to be, so hearing that the 808 PureView will be touching down on May 7 – less than four weeks away – will undoubtedly be good news.
The problem is we're not sure there's any truth to MobileFun's claims. Nokia for one says there isn't, with the company having told Pocket-lint that it “will officially share UK ranging details for the Nokia 808 PureView in due course, any suggested ranging information seen at this stage is simply speculation.”
Those of the glass-half-full persuasion will point out that Nokia hasn't explicitly said the info is inaccurate, only that it hasn't officially announced anything yet.
Either way, the notion of a Symbian phone priced at upwards of £500 should generate some interesting reaction if it does prove to be true – no matter how good the camera is.