There was speculation that Nokia's 808 announcement would somehow be related to the Microsoft Surface event yesterday, but that obviously was not the case. Instead, Nokia announced that the Nokia 808 PureView is indeed coming to the USA (previously stated it was not going to come here) through Amazon for $699. Unfortunately, it is NOT a penta-band device (like most all of the recent Symbian devices) so only works with 3G data for AT&T customers. Nokia just updated their website to state that the 808 PureView actually will work on both T-Mobile and AT&T 3G networks so that is great news.
It is likely only serious Nokia camera aficionados will purchase the 808 PureView at this price and even though I am a Nokia fan I will not be purchasing one. I don't think the price is unreasonable when you compare it to other non-subsidized phones. However, given the trends I have seen with previous unlocked Nokia devices it should drop to $529 or so in about 60 days. It's not the price alone that kills it for me, but I tried going back to Symbian recently with my Nokia N8 running Belle, the latest OS, and the continued Gmail failures and lack of 3rd party apps compared to Android, iOS, and Windows Phone convinced me Symbian is in my past. I will consider a PureView Windows Phone, but not even an extreme camera experience will convince me to go back to Symbian.
The Nokia 808 PureView has a 41 megapixel camera, 4 inch ClearBlack AMOLED display, 1.3 GHz processor, and 16GB internal memory with support for microSD expansion. Any readers thinking of picking up one of these devices?