Nokia: 808 Pureview to be released in the US unlocked

In February, Nokia shocked the smartphone industry when it announced the 808 Pureview, a smartphone equipped with a 41 megapixel camera. Unfortunately, the company also confirmed at the time that the smartphone would not be released in the US. Now it looks like US residents will be able to get the 808 Pureview after all.

PCMag.com reports that in a chat with Nokia's US head Chris Weber, he confirms that the company is working to bring an unlocked version of the 808 Pureview to this territory. He states, "We'll figure out a way to make that available in the U.S. in the next couple of months."

Weber didn't disclose a price point, but an unlocked version likely means that the 808 Pureview will have a rather high introductory price in the US. While a local wireless carrier won't be selling the smartphone, Weber did say that the 808 Pureview will be able to sign onto AT&T's network when it is released in this country.

Nokia is still concentrating its US efforts on selling its Lumia family of Windows Phone-based devices. However, there have been hints that the 41 megapixel technology found in the 808 Pureview could be coming to future Nokia-made Windows Phone products.

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In this coming months, how about making sure this PureView is backed by Windows Phone 8 instead of Nokia Belle? Just an idea.

This one will be Symbian (Belle), but the Pureview technology will be used in more future Nokia handsets, including ones that run Windows Phone.

Or you could just get a regular proper phone with whatever camera, and use a proper DSLR or EVIL camera when you need it. Almost any phone camera is good enough for the quick FB/Twitter/Instagram pic anyway.

Ambroos said,
This one will be Symbian (Belle), but the Pureview technology will be used in more future Nokia handsets, including ones that run Windows Phone.

Or you could just get a regular proper phone with whatever camera, and use a proper DSLR or EVIL camera when you need it. Almost any phone camera is good enough for the quick FB/Twitter/Instagram pic anyway.

If a DSLR was the same size as a phone then sure we'd all be carrying them around, but better camera technology in a compact form is what most of the world wants - at least the people who aren't shooting professional photos.

WP7 said,
They seriously need to stick wp8 in this beast
I feel like it's odd that WP7 is promoting WP8.

Other than that, I completely agree.

remixedcat said,
verizon please!!!! why in the hell are they always att devices :-( ???

Because Verizon is on CDMA whereas AT&T is using GSM, and the rest if the world uses GSM? Nokia's just bringing in the 808 for customers who really want it. They probably aren't intending to market it heavily or expect it to sell well, as such they aren't developing a special CDMA model to work on Verizon.

But I'm surprised they didn't mention T-Mobile (which is a GSM carrier as well) 'cos the spec sheet says that the 808 supports 850/900/1700/1900/2100MHz which covers T-Mo's bands as well.

Kai Y said,

Because Verizon is on CDMA whereas AT&T is using GSM, and the rest if the world uses GSM? Nokia's just bringing in the 808 for customers who really want it. They probably aren't intending to market it heavily or expect it to sell well, as such they aren't developing a special CDMA model to work on Verizon.

But I'm surprised they didn't mention T-Mobile (which is a GSM carrier as well) 'cos the spec sheet says that the 808 supports 850/900/1700/1900/2100MHz which covers T-Mo's bands as well.

Verizon and Sprint are the strongest two carriers in my area...

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