Nokia 808 PureView gets 30 June shelf date

The last thing we heard about the launch of the Nokia 808 PureView was a tentative June date for the UK. Well, it looks like the phone might just make that date.

But it's not quite as straightforward as heading to your favoured mobile phone network store. That Nokia-sanctioned date seems to be for the SIM-free model only. So if you want one, you'll have to go to somewhere like Amazon, which is selling the phone outright for £499.98. Yes, just 2p short of £500, which is a hefty chunk of cash to hand over for a new phone.

Other SIM-free sellers will have it too, but the price is likely to stay much the same. It isn't going to come down until the networks get involved, and that doesn't look likely yet. Both Orange and O2 have been rumoured to be selling the phone on contract, but neither has gone pubic with dates and pricing. If the upfront cost is a bit rich, it might be worth sitting tight as July has been mentioned for the networks.

The phone itself is a Symbian phone, which is perhaps the one thing that might put the punters off. But on the flipside is the large, high-res 41-megapixel sensor with Carl Zeiss optics and pixel oversampling technology. That is the big selling point here, along with full HD 1080p video recording and the first use of Nokia Rich Recording, which enables audio recording at CD-like levels of quality.

We have a hands-on here if you want to know more. If that appeals, you probably want to check your bank balance, then get your order in ahead of that weekend launch to be at the front of the queue.

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