Nokia 808 PureView 41MP camera phone won't come to US

Nokia shocked a lot of people in the smartphone industry last week when it announced its 808 PureView smartphone at the Mobile World Congress trade show. The device, running the Nokia Belle operating system (formerly known as Symbian), will have a massive 41 megapixel sensor for its rear facing camera when it is released later this year. Yes, we still can't quite believe it ourselves.

Now Nokia has posted up more of the technical details of the 808 PureView device on its official developer web site. The bad news? The site confirms that while technically the smartphone will have a "global" launch, a little sidebar also states "Excluding North America" (the information is uncovered when you click on the "General" tab on the web page).

Nokia has not revealed a reason why the 808 PureView won't be coming to the US or Canada. It's possible that Nokia doesn't want to confuse the smartphone buying public there, where it is trying hard to push its new Windows Phone-based Lumia devices. In any case, it seems like the best way a US or Canadian citizen can get their hands on an 808 PureView is to import it themselves.

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It makes no sense to build something unique like this and then waste it all on a device that runs Symbian. Whoever took part in the committee about this device needs to be shot.

jamesyfx said,
It makes no sense to build something unique like this and then waste it all on a device that runs Symbian. Whoever took part in the committee about this device needs to be shot.

This has been in the works even before Nokia made the switch to Windows Phone, that is why it's on Symbian. Right now, Nokia is going to collect as much user feedback as possible on PureView and improve on it before it goes on Windows Phone.

no one here would buy a sympbian phone even it has a semi-decent camera with a crazy high megapixel count

Probably a good marketing move. Symbian is a sinking ship here, so there's no reason to keep pushing it. Windows Phone is their future, so it's smart for them to focus on that.