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Nokia PureView 808 Will Be Symbian’s Last Stand

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Nokia officially abandons Symbian in favour of Windows Phone

The Nokia PureView 808 will be the last ever Nokia Symbian phone, the Finnish smartphone manufacturer has confirmed.

Nokia made the admission while announcing its fourth quarter results, posting a €202 million profit but proposing not to pay out a dividend to shareholders for the first time in 20 years.

Despite selling 2.2 million smart devices running Symbian in the last three months of 2012, Nokia has said that it will shift its attention fully to its Windows Phone-based range of Lumia smartphones.

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“During our transition to Windows Phone through 2012, we continued to ship devices based on Symbian,” said Nokia. “The Nokia 808 PureView, a device which showcases our imaging capabilities and which came to market in mid-2012, was the last Symbian device from Nokia.”

“We expect our Symbian devices to account for a significantly smaller portion of our overall Smart Devices volumes in the first quarter 2013 and going forward,” it continued.

The Nokia PureView 808 was unveiled at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in February last year, boasting a 41 megapixel camera. The decision to use Symbian surprised many as Nokia had indicated that it was abandoning the platform after agreeing a strategic partnership with Microsoft to use Windows Phone in its smartphones.

Mobile phone service providers weren’t impressed: the PureView 808 was not stocked by a single major UK operator.

Nokia’s most recent Windows Phone 8 smartphone, the Nokia Lumia 920, was released in November last year.

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