By Stephen Schenck | May 2, 2012 4:20 PM
Symbian may not have the clout of Android or iOS, but even with that choice of operating system, Nokia’s still drawing a lot of attention to its 808 PureView thanks to the handset’s beast of a camera. About a month ago, we saw the 808 go up for pre-order in Italy with an expected arrival of something this month. Today Nokia’s officially confirmed that the phone will see initial retail availability during May, as well as just where the handset will first arrive.
Rather than Italy, Nokia says that initial shipments of the 808 will have it going up for sale in Russia and India. The manufacturer didn’t share the price points at which it’s hoping to make the phone available in those nations, but the pre-orders we’ve already seen put it just a smidge under $800. It’s also not clear just how quickly the 808 will move on to additional markets, and if it will indeed launch in any more before the end of May.
In a separate announcement, Nokia reveals that it’s renewed its agreement with Carl Zeiss, which makes the optics used in the 808. That ongoing partnership means we should keep seeing Carl Zeiss lenses in future Nokia phones, including when it eventually brings the 808′s imaging tech to Windows Phone.