Nokia's 808 PureView is officially the last Symbian phone

Along with Nokia's great financial results for the past quarter, the company officially confirmed that the 808 PureView is the final Symbian-powered device to be released. Running Nokia Belle, the name for the final version of their Symbian OS, the 808 PureView was a standout device for including a 41-megapixel camera, but due to other less-than-impressive specs including a low-resolution display and the fact that it was running Symbian, it failed to make any sort of significant headway into the smartphone market.

Here's Nokia's statement on the 808 PureView:

The Nokia 808 PureView, a device which showcases our imaging capabilities and which came to market in mid-2012, was the last Symbian device from Nokia.

Nokia managed to sell 2.2 million Symbian devices in Q4 2012, but due to this expected announcement it's almost guaranteed that this figure will decline into oblivion from here on out. What won't be going away though, is the PureView legacy, as we expect Nokia to release a brand new Windows Phone featuring a high-megapixel sensor - similar to the one found in the 808 PureView - sometime soon.

Source: Nokia (PDF) via: Engadget

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I love my 808. I knew I would be buying into a pretty much dead ecosystem, but I needed a really amazing camera to take with me on my travels, and it hasn't let me down.

If Nokia releases a Lumia phone with the camera capabilities of the 808, I am sold. They need to make a separate camera app for WP, because the one found on the 808 is phenomenal.

Still using Symbian Phone, Nokia 603 with latest flavour of Symbian belle fp2, Sucks we wont get any update, i really liked it.

I used Symbian in the early days, then switched to winmo (HTC SPV slim, then SPV with slideout keyboard), then android (hero, then desire), now windows phone (started with Omnia, then lumia 800 now lumia 920). So my knowledge of the latest Symbian systems is none existent. But what I do know is that windows phone will be picking up bigger numbers soon (the trend has already started) and the brand awareness is starting to kick in - they need to focus entirely on WP and bring pureview excellence to the platform (yes 920 has it and I love it, but its not the 41 MP goodness).

Thank God.

(preventive disclaimer: been a longtime Symbian user myself, so keep it easy guys. I did enjoy it back then, but it's definitely run its course)

GS:mac

Days after rumours began that Nokia was working on a true PureView Windows Phone device, Nokia announces that the PureView 808 is the last Symbian phone. With all the investment/research/development that wouldve gone into PureView, this (in my mind) adds more weight to the rumours of an upcoming (High Res) PureView Windows Phone.

As PureView was originally on Symbian because WinPho couldnt support it, the fact that they have officially announced the end of Symbian must means they have more PureView plans for WinPho that are around the corner

For 41 megapixels, do the images actually turn out well?

EDIT: Just saw some review pictures. It gets moderately blurry and artifacty when you zoom it.

billyea said,
For 41 megapixels, do the images actually turn out well?

EDIT: Just saw some review pictures. It gets moderately blurry and artifacty when you zoom it.

by default the images come out as 5mp, and the extra pixels are used to make a more accurate single pixel, but you may know this as you can also change the mode so you do end up with a full 41mp image, but like you say its artifacty.

billyea said,
For 41 megapixels, do the images actually turn out well?

EDIT: Just saw some review pictures. It gets moderately blurry and artifacty when you zoom it.

Google "Photography Oversampling."

EvilAstroboy said,
the Pure-View would have made an awesome WP , o well there is one coming just around the corner WOOP

Yup, it should be interesting to see how a 41mpix pure view lumia will look like. The 808 has that weird shape to it.