Nokia 808 PureView

Unlocked Nokia 808 PureView may launch in US

Unlocked Nokia 808 PureView may launch in US

Jealous of your European friends who’ll have a chance to play with the Nokia 808 PureView? The 41-megapixel camera looks intriguing, but Nokia crushed some dreams when it announced that the phone wouldn’t be coming to the United States. In an interview with PCMag, Nokia’s US President, Chris Weber, said that while carriers won’t be offering the phone, an unlocked phone launch isn’t off the table.

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Nokia 808 PureView says “Enhance!” in new video

Nokia 808 PureView says “Enhance!” in new video

We've all seen it - the police department/spy agency/starship captain needs to see greater detail when viewing a static image, so a leading actor yells "Enhance that!" and relies on Hollywood magic to instantly grant a crystal clear view of the perpetrator. You can check out a brilliant compilation of these movie and TV moments here. But with Nokia's 808 PureView smartphone and its mind-boggling 41-megapixel camera, all those cheesy scenes suddenly seem more plausible, as a Brazilian Nokia blog found out.

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Nokia 808 ad lets PureView speak for itself

Nokia 808 ad lets PureView speak for itself

If this were any other Symbian phone, we would be looking at that large price tag with extreme skepticism, but the Nokia 808 PureView isn’t an ordinary Symbian phone. It’s packing Nokia’s PureView technology, bringing that famous 41 megapixel camera that stole the show at MWC 2012. We’ve seen some camera sample escape from China, and Nokia has put out a video comprised of photo and video footage from the 808 PureView.

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Nokia 808 PureView sample photos emerge from China

Nokia 808 PureView sample photos emerge from China

While we’re all waiting for Nokia’s 41 megapixel PureView technology to make its way to a Windows Phone, the Symbian-based 808 PureView is just around the corner. It won’t be making its way to the United States, but those in Europe and other far flung places around the globe will be treated to the handset. Chinese blog IT168 recently had some hands-on time with the phone, and took a handful of sample pictures for us to drool over.

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Nokia: PureView won’t just spank your iPhone in video quality

Nokia: PureView won’t just spank your iPhone in video quality

Nokia's 41-megapixel 808 PureView has already convinced us the Finns know plenty about smartphone camera quality, but we've obviously not waxed sufficiently lyrical over audio performance yet. The company is talking up its Nokia Rich Recording technology, promising over at Nokia Conversations that you'll get a far better sound capture than from the iPhone or other flagships, and it has the video to prove it.

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Nokia on PureView: DSLR tech simply wasn’t good enough

Nokia on PureView: DSLR tech simply wasn’t good enough

Nokia's 808 PureView and its 41-megapixel sensor still gives us shivers of optical delight, even a week after MWC 2012, and now the Finnish company has been talking about the path the pixel-packing CMOS took to reach a product. Damian Dinning, Nokia's head of imaging, has taken to the company's official blog to describe how even the tight tolerances and specialist materials used in DSLR production weren't enough to meet Nokia's needs.

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Nokia: No 41MP 808 PureView for North America

Nokia: No 41MP 808 PureView for North America

Nokia has confirmed that it has no North American launch plans for the Nokia 808 PureView 41-megapixel smartphone announced at MWC 2012 last week, leaving the US and Canada out of its otherwise global release. News of the omission was quietly snuck into the 808 PureView's Nokia Developers listing, though it's worth noting that unofficial imports will likely work thanks to the pentaband WCDMA radio.

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