Nokia announced that its new 808 PureView smartphone would be available “in select markets” later this month. While no date was specified, customers in Russia and India can expect the award-winning device in stores by the end of May. All those waiting on news of a worldwide release will have to keep their ears peeled. The 808 PureView debuted earlier this year to much acclaim at the Mobile World Congress, where it took home the prize for Best Mobile Device. Nokia hopes to make the phone the flagship of its Symbian Belle OS, which was released last fall.
The main selling point of the handset is the PureView technology itself, which will provide an imaging experience that has been described as “revolutionary.” The 808 features a 41 megapixel sensor and sampling technology that should allow for professional grade images on the device, which is just slightly larger than an iPhone. Users will also be able to zoom, crop and edit their photos on the device, making them easily transferable to social media hubs. The phone will also feature 1080p video recording, with lossless zoom functions, which the iPhone lacks.
Nokia will have to work hard to convert smartphone users who have already dedicated themselves to Apples IOS and Google’s Android operating system. The high end specs of the 808 Pureview may be enough for consumers to cope with the newer Symbian Belle system upon the phone’s worldwide release.