41-Megapixel Nokia 808 PureView Coming to Amazon US – $699 Contract-Free

Does the world really need a 41-megapixel camera-toting Smartphone? Either way it well and truly has one in the form of the Nokia 808 PureView, which low and behold is coming to the US courtesy of Amazon.

The Price of Glory

Unfortunately, shutterbugs hoping to snap up the marvel that it is for cheap by way of the usual two-year contract may be in for a disappointment, as the 808 will only be available contract-free for a rather lofty $699.

Come on…you weren’t expecting these kind of bragging right to come cheaply…were you?

The 808 PureView is by rights a relatively bog-standard Smartphone in its own rights, packing a modest single-core 1.3GHz processor, 16GB of storage and 512MB of RAM. However, while most high end Smartphones are a little akin to superb machines with adequate cameras attached, this is the reverse by serving as a less-than thrilling Smartphone with an epic camera attached.

41-Megapixel Nokia 808 PureView Coming to Amazon US - $699 Contract-Free

Truth be known, the 808 never actually captures images at the full 41 megapixels, but instead uses incredible oversampling technology to combine up to seven pixels into a single pixel of extraordinary purity. Users can even zoom in up to 3X without any of the quality being lost, which is another rare plus point.

Release Date Pending

Amazon is yet to offer an exact launch date for the 808, though pre-orders are to start this week.

So, will the 808 take the US by storm or continue the rather depressing 2012 already underway by its ailing Finnish creators?

My bets are hedged somewhere in the middle as for the $699 price tag there are infinitely superior Smartphones and indeed digital SLR cameras on the market, therefore its appeal can only be seen as a novelty…and a rather expensive one at that. Nevertheless, the great American public never fails to respond well to a gimmick, therefore those with enough dough to pony up may indeed find their flavor of the month in the 808 PureView.

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