To be candid, we didn’t talk much, if at all about the Nokia PureView 808 when it was announced earlier this year.  After all, it’s a Symbian phone, which is antiquated tech relatively speaking to the Android, Windows and iOS.  Nevertheless, it does boast a massive 41-megapixel camera, which is unheard of even in the highest end DSLRs.   At the time of the announcement Nokia didn’t say whether or not it would make its way to US shores.  However…


  • 4-inch screen
  • HDMI and DLNA outputs
  • Nokia Maps
  • 16GB built-in memory
  • WiFi
  • ARM 11  CPU
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • 1400mAh battery

Starting next week you’ll be able to order the Nokia PureView 808 on for $699.  That’s right, this phone will be sold unsubsidized, which means it won’t be hocked directly by any carrier. That’s not too surprising since the market for a phone like this is, if anything, for the early adopters and even then that a stretch in terms of a target demo.

That all being said, the PureView 808 uses Nokia’s highest performance Carl Zeiss optics to date, and their brand-new pixel oversampling technology called PureView.  PureView “uses oversampling to combine up to seven pixels into one “pure” pixel, eliminating the visual noise found on other mobile phone cameras.”  Complementing that is a 3x optical zoom, full HD video, and Nokia’s Rich Recording, which is said to provide CD quality recordings.  Sadly, this tech is a culmination of years of research and engineering by Nokia.  Sadly, because the phone won’t sell like hot cakes.  However, tech like this tends to be a loss leader when it comes to development.  In other words, we’ll see it end up in other handsets in the future, though probably in a scaled down version.

Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."