Two of the most important smartphones announced this year have been priced for the Chinese market. On one hand, we have the Samsung Galaxy S III, with top of the line specs and record pre-orders – it’s bound to be one of the best selling devices this year. On the other hand, the Nokia 808 PureView impresses through one feature alone: its camera, so good that it’s not only better than those in any other phone ever made, but also bests most compacts. The 808 PureView certainly won’t be setting any sales records anywhere, but it is an important device nevertheless – for introducing the world to the PureView technology. Oh, and for sporting a 41 MP camera sensor.
The Samsung Galaxy S III will be available in China on June 9 for 4,999 yuan ($785 or €633 at today’s exchange rates). Pre-orders will be taken between June 1 and June 8, and during the pre-order period there will be several contests held, in which lucky people could win a brand new Galaxy S III.
All three Chinese carriers will release the Samsung Galaxy S III, according to IT168. China Unicom will have the GT-i9300 which is also the international version of the smartphone, while China Mobile’s will be GT-i9308, and China Telecom will get the one with the model number SCH-i939.
The Nokia 808 PureView has also received a price for the Chinese mainland, yet less officially. The information comes from one store quoted by ePrice, which also tells us that Nokia’s camera with a phone attached will be out in China sometime during the second week of June.
Interestingly, the price of the 808 PureView could be very similar to that of Samsung’s Galaxy S III. Nokia’s device will go for 4,880 yuan, which is about $768 or €620. That’s definitely not in line with Nokia’s previous Symbian-based launches, which all went with lower prices compared to the competition. In fact, it’s been quite a while since we’ve seen a Symbian device this expensive.
Then again, perhaps all those years of developing the PureView tech have to be paid for somehow. Or Nokia is simply confident that the PureView doesn’t have any valid competitors in the camera+phone space (and it doesn’t). Even so, this pricing will basically ensure that the PureView will forever remain just a niche offering.
Keep in mind though that this info doesn’t come straight from Nokia, so there’s still a (slim) chance that it will turn out to be far from the truth.
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