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When the 808 PureView was announced at Mobile World Congress in February, the Finnish handset maker managed to take the world by surprise: who would have expected it to launch a proof-of-concept type device on a platform it had already said it was discontinuing?
But then, that was probably one of the reasons Nokia made it.
Despite pledging allegiance to the Windows Phone operating system, the company wanted to show that it still knew how to do R&D, to reassure customers for the Windows Phones devices that lay ahead.
808 PureView screen
It's also likely that Nokia will in future drop the unnecessarily large 41-megapixel sensor (which ultimately only produces an 8-megapixel photo anyway) and take the PureView software and branding to the Windows Phone platform.
In that case, the 808 has done a pretty good job of getting the PureView name into people's consciousness — after all, Nokia was previously known for delivering 'best in class' camera phones and it needs to be known for something other than good maps to survive.
That the PureView isn't running on Windows Phone OS is more accident than design: I suspect we would have seen the Nokia 808 PureView on the Microsoft platform back in February if the platform supported camera sensors that large, but right now that's not the case.
Nokia 808 PureView
While Symbian may be looking dated as a fully-fledged smartphone OS, it still delivers a lot of the functionality you'd find on the Android, iOS or Windows Phone platforms - albeit in a less user-friendly way.
Nevertheless, with millions of Symbian-based handsets already on the market, the platform undoubtedly has a few fans out there who'll be pleased to see the arrival of another Belle handset.
While the decision might be intended to somewhat placate Symbian fans, whether Nokia will be able to convert them into Windows Phone users remains to be seen.