Everybody has heard about the Nokia 808 PureView. Some lucky people have got their hands on it, while the more lucky ones have even bought it and can worthily brag about their purchase. I talk in this way simply because the phone is offered in the US only via retailers, so buyers must pay the entire retail price. Apparently, not everyone can afford or is ready to pay $699 required by Amazon. Gladly, the retailer has decided to cut the pricing for this handset, and it’s now available at $599.
The Nokia 808 PureView is an amazing device which other than its 41MP camera also sports a number of nice features. Among them we have a 4-inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, a 1.3GHz processor a VGA frontal camera, 1GB of ROM, 512MB of RAM, 16GB of native storage and Nokia Belle OS. It supports AT&T’s and T-Mobile’s 3G networks.
We’d be happy to get it on contract via a carrier but none of them ventured to launch the phone. So we must be satisfied with what we have, and a $100 discount is pretty good.
As soon as the Nokia 808 PureView passed FCC gates, it became clear the US consumers will be able to get their hands on this super-duper cameraphone in the near future. Afterward, Nokia US announced the unlocked model of the device was coming to the States. Immediately after that Amazon US announced about its plans on the Nokia 808 PureView saying it would be launched on July 8 at $699. If your calendar is on the right page, then you should ask whether Amazon has kept its promise and whether the phone is available via the retailer.
Well, the Nokia 808 PureView is already in stores of Amazon at the promised price. Thus, paying those hard-earned $699, you will become the owner of a handset that sports a 4-inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, a 1.3GHz processor, a 41MP camera, a VGA frontal camera, 1GB of ROM, 512MB of RAM, 16GB of native storage, Nokia Belle OS and supports AT&T’s and T-Mobile’s 3G networks.
The high price is conditioned by the absence of carrier subsidy, thus you are free to choose any carrier for you if their services are compatible with the abilities of this handset.
Back in April Amazon was selling the Nokia Lumia 900 for one cent but this offer was valid only for first-time users only. Now this deal is back but it works for consumers and for all Lumia 900 devices regardless of their color. This means all those who don’t like Android (like me) and want to buy an alternative smartphone, the Lumia 900 is the best choice because it is the most powerful Windows Phone-packed handset available in the market and will remain so until the launch of the first Windows Phone 8 smartphones.
As you know, AT&T is the exclusive carrier of this smartphone in the States, and this deal can be very beneficial for it as the Samsung Galaxy S III is going to be launched in a few weeks at $199.99. So once it happens, the only real competitor of the Galaxy S III will remain the Nokia Lumia 900 because the rest of the smartphones that are able to more or less compete with this beast either run Android or are priced identically.
However, if you want to get the Nokia Lumia 900 outright, it will cost you $499.99.
The week started with good news for those US users who are not indifferent towards Nokia and its products, as Nokia US chief Chris Weber announced the Nokia 808 PureView would be launched in the country in coming weeks. Amazon is currently getting pre-orders for the phone at $699. Yesterday we learned the phone will be launched on July 8.
The Nokia 808 PureView will be launched unlocked and SIM-free meaning users can choose the carrier they want. The phone was initially announced to be compatible with AT&T’s 3G and T-Mobile’s 2G networks while now it’s clear it won’t be limited to EDGE speeds on T-Mobile, as the latter said the device “works just fine with T-Mobile in the United States.”
Well, this phone is perfect for mobile photographers as it comes with 41MP lens. But as Nokia says it’s also a smartphone, which means the rest of features must correspond to standard handsets. Moreover, the company has managed to fit many nice features under the hood like a 4-inch screen, a 1.4GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, 1GB of ROM and so on.
We earlier announced Amazon UK would launch the Nokia 808 PureView on June 21. But it turns out the US won’t fall behind as yesterday Nokia US chief Chris Weber said the phone will debut at Amazon.com later this week. In short, the Nokia 808 PureView will be released in the US almost simultaneously with other leading markets.
As expected, the Nokia 808 PureView will be priced expensively like other unlocked models. Amazon will sell it for $699, and the phone will be compatible with AT&T’s 3G and T-Mobile’s EDGE networks.
Needless to go deep into the phone’s specs list, because you know it very well that the Nokia 808 PureView is packed with a 41MP camera, which can’t be found on any other smartphone. As to software, it’s the most painful feature of this phone because Nokia has powered it with Belle OS, which is disliked by Americans. But on the other hand, those who consider themselves mobile photographers will hardly focus on the OS.
Nokia’s latest innovation is PureView technology, and the first handset to come powered with this attractive feature is the 808 PureView. It will be the first but not the only smartphone with such super-sized sensors, and more importantly, Nokia has plans to bring this technology to Lumia line. Nokia US President Chris Weber noted about this and other amazing plans in a brief video interview with HowardForums.
Literally Chris Weber said, “You can expect we’ll be bringing PureView technologies to the Windows Phone platform and future Lumia devices. We’re absolutely committed to doing that.” This confirmation comes from Nokia’s American department, so we assume upcoming Lumias designed for Verizon will also sport PureView camera technology. In other words, PureView can become a standard for future Nokia Windows Phone handsets.
Of course, this technology is based on hardware and not software, so those who are unaware of what I am talking about shouldn’t hope to see something similar on current Lumias.
Anyway, this statement is not new for us because back in February when the Finnish company unveiled the Nokia 808 PureView cameraphone, this technology was already confirmed to come to Lumias.
The Nokia 808 PureView was the main player at MWC 2012. The handset has won the hearts of many geeks but there are some disappointing things, especially for the US consumers. It firstly refers to its software — the phone runs Nokia Belle OS. US users simply dislike this platform. Secondly, Nokia officially announced the 808 PureView won’t be launched in the North America. But everything in this life changes, and Nokia’s attitude towards the US (and vice versa) is no exception.
Nokia US president, Chris Weber said, “We’ll figure out a way to make that available in the US in the next couple of months.” This basically means the Nokia 808 PureView will be available unlocked in the US and consumers will be able to choose carriers without penalty fees.
The buyers will have to pay the entire retail price, which won’t be cheap, though mobile camera lovers must welcome this statement. The 808 PureView won’t be subsidized by carriers. Consumers must sign a contract and pay the same monthly fees. In brief, this statement means Nokia is experimenting with the phone, and if the attitude towards Belle does not change, there is no future for the device but there is a possibility to see PureView technology on a Lumia line handset.
Every geek is looking forward to the Nokia 808 PureView as it’s the only smartphone with a 41MP camera lens. It’s more a digital shooter than a smartphone but it doesn’t mean the rest of the features it comes with are low-end. On the contrary, the phone is packed with awesome specs. But the Nokia 808 PureView is a Symbian-packed handset, consequently it will never be launched in the US via a carrier. If you live outside the US and got nothing of what I mean, then I hurry to let you know Yankees are allergic to Symbian OS. Anyway, it doesn’t make the phone less interesting for the Federals — the Nokia 808 PureView has passed through FCC.
FCC approval means the phone can cross the US borders and appear in the US market. But it doesn’t mean the Nokia 808 PureView will be offered via a carrier or a retailer. The phone was also torn down, and the pictures below clearly show the phone’s powerful sensor and other awesome features.
Of course, we don’t encourage Nokia to take the risk and sell the 808 PureView in the States but probably it deserves a try and who knows, it might change the attitude towards Nokia Belle.
If you’ve already got a Lumia 900, consider yourself lucky. If you’ve been desperately looking for the handset but couldn’t find it anywhere, then hurry up to catch one while they’re in stock again.
The white Lumia was a new hope for Nokia-fans but then it went out of stock only a few days after, and everything started all over again. So now we have good news for those who have been waiting for the white Lumia 900 or at least just a Lumia. The AT&T website features the white color in stock again.
This shouldn’t last too long before the stock is emptied out again. Adding the purple-color issue to the shortage of handsets, we hope Nokia will release a good number of Lumia 900s with no or minor software and hardware issues next time. If you don’t like the colors already launched, slow down a little more and you’ll be able to purchase the magenta Lumia 900.
Aside from the online shopping, some AT&T stores also have the Lumia 900 in stock. To remind, AT&T offers Nokia’s flagship for $99 with a 2-year contract and $450 off-contract.
Considering the fame of the Lumia 900, mobile-fans have been running like crazy trying to catch the Lumia 900. Despite their efforts, the color is almost nowhere to be found. The popularity of the cyan Lumia has probably gave Nokia a new idea, to launch a new color.
We have already reported that magenta Lumia 900 was spotted on a demo screen at a Microsoft Store. The image of the phone displayed AT&T branding. Firstly, there were some doubts of this being a new color or a mere Lumia 900 case.
The new color became more than a possibility when Nokia displayed the magenta Lumia 900 on its Facebook page. Interestingly, the pictures were taken down shortly after, which probably means something went wrong over there.
The manufacturer has planned a good color strategy with cyan launching first as the only bright color, then white joining in as the elegant Lumia member, and finally, magenta as a gift for Mothers Day, May 13 (Sundays are AT&T launch days). If you prefer the girly Lumia variant, then you should probably wait a couple of more weeks and not tire up yourself with Lumia scavenger hunt.