Nokia 808 PureView

Nokia 808 PureView unlocked $699 presales in US this week [Updated]

Nokia 808 PureView unlocked $699 presales in US this week [Updated]

Nokia has confirmed that the 41-megapixel 808 PureView smartphone will see a release in the US, though without the subsidy that most cellphone buyers are used to. The Symbian-based cameraphone will be made available unlocked and SIM-free, priced at $699 and supporting AT&T's 3G network (or T-Mobile USA's 2G network). Update: Nokia now says the 808 PureView actually supports 3G on T-Mobile USA, not just 2G.

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Nokia acquires technology from imaging specialist Scalado

Nokia acquires technology from imaging specialist Scalado

Nokia may be downsizing right now, but today the company is buying technology that it feels will help make the best cameras in smartphones going forward. Nokia will acquire developers, intellectual property, and technologies from digital imaging company Scalado. The deal is expected to go through during the third quarter of this year, although the terms of the sale weren’t disclosed.

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PureView: The Tech Behind Nokia’s Salvation

PureView: The Tech Behind Nokia’s Salvation

Nokia has big plans for PureView, including thinner handsets and Windows Phone support, though there's more than just branding that's getting in the way of slimming the smartphone camera tech. We grabbed some hands-on playtime with the Nokia 808 PureView in Germany this week, at the headquarters of long-time photography partner Carl Zeiss, where we not only discovered just what the camera is capable of, but some of the decisions - technical, product and otherwise - behind the PureView concept. And make no mistake: if any one thing signifies Nokia's potential salvation in the mobile industry, PureView is it.

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Nokia 808 PureView Explored: Hands-on Samples

Nokia 808 PureView Explored: Hands-on Samples

Nokia gave us no small surprise when it launched the Nokia 808 PureView and its new camera-phone technology. Promising a headline-grabbing 41-megapixel sensor, paired with image processing systems more akin to what you'd find in spy satellites than smartphones, it's the first fruit of a project five years in the making. Until now, though, all the sample images we've seen have been produced by Nokia's own hand, so we understandably jumped at the chance to join the PureView team at the headquarters of lens supplier and imaging specialist Carl Zeiss in Southern Germany to take some shots of our own. Read on for the full sample gallery - together with some comparison shots with the Nokia Lumia 900 - along with the full story as to why PureView is so special.

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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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