Never say never. What was once an Asia and Europe exclusive, Nokia's 808 PureView smartphone with its 41-more-megapixels-than-your-DSLR overkill will officially arrive in the U.S. as an unlocked and unsubsidized smartphone. And it's going to set you back a few big ones.
As we last told you, the 808 PureView doesn't actually shoot photos at a full 41-megapixels. For every one pixel that a normal smartphone camera (five to eight-megapixel range), the 808 PureView combines seven pixels to generate a "pure" pixel.
What you get is an image that is ultra sharp, with virtually no artifacts. Picture detail is most convincing when you "zoom in up to 3X without losing any of the details in your shot." The Carl-Zeiss optics is also capable of shooting photos in ultra-low light at f/2.0 and recording 1080p HD video at 30 frames per second.
Other notable features on the 808 PureView include a four-inch ClearBlack AMOLED display to deliver those rich blacks and vibrant colors, a 1.3GHz processor and 16GB of internal storage (expandable to 32GB via MicroSD). On the software end, the OS will be Nokia Belle OS (formerly known as Symbian) and not Windows Phone.
Nokia is partnering up with Amazon to sell the 808 PureView for $700. The smartphone will be compatible with AT&T as well as T-Mobile. You'll only get 2G speeds if you go the T-Mobile route.
The iPhone 4S and HTC One X have the best and fastest cameras on any smartphone we can recall in recent memory, but true camera nuts will be itching to try out the 808 PureView.