Nokia Releases Three Smartphones with New Symbian "Belle"by Kristian Vättö on August 24, 2011 12:27 PM EST
Nokia has revealed three new smartphones today: Nokia 700, Nokia 701 and Nokia 600.
|Nokia 600||Nokia 700||Nokia 701|
|NAND||2GB + microSD||2GB + microSD||8GB + microSD|
|CPU||ARM 11 @ 1GHz||ARM 11 @ 1GHz||ARM 11 @ 1GHz|
|RAM||512MB LPDDR1 (?)||512MB LPDDR1 (?)||512MB LPDDR1 (?)|
|Camera||5MP with LED Flash||5MP with LED Flash||8MP with LED Flash|
|Dimensions (HxWxD)||111mm x 53mm x 13-14.25mm||110mm x 50mm x 9.7mm||117.2mm x 56.8mm x 11mm|
According to FoneHome.co.uk, these phones will be available next month and will priced around 180€ ($260), 270€ ($390) and 290€ ($420) respectively. Unfortunately, the GPU is unknown and the RAM type is not 100%, though LPDDR1 is very likely.
All three are powered by Symbian's new version called "Belle". The biggest upgrades in Symbian include support for up to six home screens, notification menu (similar to Android and iOS 5) and enchanted widgets (support for live chat for instance).
Nokia brings NFC (Near Field Communication) to all three phones too. NFC is a technology that allows connections to be enabled via touch. For example, you can touch another phone and they will create an NFC connection between each other. Nokia has also announced three accessories which support NFC: A speaker, handsfree and headphones. Some other phones support NFC too, such as Samsung Galaxy S II (not all for some reason though) and Google Nexus S.
All in all, these phones look like solid Nokia quality but the Symbian-bugbear is still there. Since Nokia's Windows Phone 7 phones are pretty much just around the corner, the market for Symbian based phones doesn't look too great. Investing on Symbian at the moment seems like beating a dead horse. Once Nokia's WP7 phones are out, that is where Nokia will be concentrating. That means at least less, if any, love for Symbian.