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Nokia 808 PureView to go on sale in the UK, but should you buy it?

The Nokia 808 PureView, an innovative handset from the Finnish mobile giant, is set to be released in the UK at the end of June. But should you buy it?

The device has split opinion so far, with its outdated operating system sure to put many people off. But then it does have that industry-leading camera, packing a whopping 41MP.

The Nokia 808 PureView was the talk of Mobile World Congress back in February, walking away with the Best New Mobile Handset, Device or Tablet Award.

The device was a worthy winner, given the innovation and technology crammed inside the small, sleek outer body.

Now the 808 is making its way to our shores, but can a device with essentially one selling point really make waves in an already overcrowded market?

Nokia 808 PureView specs

Obviously, the most impressive part of the device is no secret – the high-tech camera. But it is not just the pixel count that has the 808 highly ranked in the photography stakes.

We also get Carl Zeiss optics, a Xenon flash, HD 1080p and, of course, Nokia’s PureView imaging technology. There’s also a VGA camera on the front.

As for the other specs, it’s clear Nokia only had one thing on its mind with the 808. With a 1.3GHz processor, a four inch AMOLED Clearback display and 16GB of storage, the 808’s specs aren’t bad, but they aren’t great either.

Will people buy it?

If you’re just looking for a phone that will send texts, make calls and take amazing photos, then this is the device for you. Of course, it also comes with pentaband 3G connectivity for web access (up to 14.4 Mbps down and 5.76 Mbps up) so not too shabby.

The 808 feels more like a proof of concept device, a demonstration of things to come in the future. But its technological innovation will certainly have plenty of people snapping it up.

Having said that, Nokia is asking a lot with the price. After all, it is a Symbian handset – do you really want to be spending the best part of £500 on it?

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