Once again, North Americans are missing out on one of Nokia’s experimental new smartphones. Last year it was the intriguing N9, this year it’s the Nokia 808 PureView, which wowed crowds at Mobile World Congress last week with its phenomenal 41 megapixel camera.
On Nokia’s developer site, the 808 PureView is listed as having a global release — except in North America. It’s likely that Nokia hasn’t landed any carrier partnerships for the phone yet, without which North American consumers won’t touch it.
This doesn’t mean the 808 PureView will never see an official North American release, instead it’s just not on the horizon yet for Nokia. As always, gadget hounds can import the PureView from other countries for use in North America — though it will likely come at a high price.
Aside from its astounding camera, the 808 PureView likely doesn’t have much appeal for North American carriers because it’s running Nokia’s Symbian Belle OS. The company has said it will eventually bring its PureView camera technology to future phones, so we can expect it in a Lumia Windows Phone within the next few years.
The Nokia 808 PureView was awarded the best mobile device at the Mobile World Congress last week. We also chatted with a Nokia engineer who demonstrated the phone’s shooting capabilities and explained the technology behind it.