Nokia released the latest update to its Symbian OS and three new devices. The new update- Belle will be coming with Nokia 600, 700 and 701 in third quarter of this year. We all know that Symbian is lagging behind iOS and Android in features and user experience, but that is about to change. Main changes in the new OS include polished interface, new menu as well as homescreen and updated native apps. Now you will get up to six home screens, each with own individual wallpaper, instead of one for all to share. You can delete the unneeded home screens, whenever you want. Now, let us take some time to read about the three new handsets that will feature new Symbian.
1. Nokia 600 ($260)
This will be the loudest phone from Nokia. It will come with 3.2-inch screen, 2 GB internal storage, micro SD card slot with support for up to 32 GB and 5 MP camera with LED flash. Camera has a resolution of 2592х1944 pixel, supports video recording ([email protected]) and geo-tagging.
A 1 GHz processor and 2D/3D graphics HW accelerator with open VG1.1 and open GL ES 2.0 will power the phone. It will feature a speaker rated at 106 phon and has a built in receiver and FM transmitter. The phone has 3.2-inch display with a resolution of 640×360 pixels, Bluetooth 3.0, micro USB 2.0, supports Wi-Fi as well as GPS and NFC support. Display of the phone shows 16M color and has accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate, multi-touch input method and proximity for auto turn-off.
It will come with a Li-ion 1200 mAh battery, with a stand by time of 540h (GSM) and 600h (3G) as well as a talk time of 15h (GSM) and 6h 30 min (3G). Nokia 600 will be available in four colors: black, pink, lime and white.
2. Nokia 700 ($390)
Called as world’s smallest phone, this phone is a part of the new trio from Nokia. Right now, it is not burdened with high expectations, so it can surprise you. The slim and sleek phone comes with a 3.2 inch AMOLED clear black touch screen with built-in accelerometer and proximity sensor, 5MP rear camera that supports 720p video @ 30fps recording and front VGA camera. A 9.7 mm thick phone that weighs only 92g has an external speaker on the bottom curve.
It has an internal storage capacity of 2 GB and the micro SD card slot supports up to 32 GB of memory. A 1 GHz ARM11 processor powers the phone and it works with a RAM of 512 MB. Some other key features includes, quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support, active noise cancellation via a dedicated mic, standard 3.5 mm audio jack, micro USB port with USB on-the-go support, GPS receiver with A-GPS support and free lifetime voice-guided navigation and smart dialing as well as voice commands. All these elements give the phone a license to chill.
3. Nokia 701 ($420)
This is the leader of Symbian Belle march with a modern processor and complete connectivity package. At first glance, the design will not look new to you but it is very attractive with a good amount of metal used around the shell. It has the brightest screen from Nokia until date with 1,000 nits of brightness while a typical LCD usually ranges from 300-600. Inside, it works with a 1 GHz processor and packs 512 MB of RAM.
If we look at the design, 701 has a silver metal body with black finish on the front. When taken in hand, it feels a bit heavy and sits perfectly near the ear due to the rounded design. On the top, there is power button, micro USB slot and a 3.5 mm headphone jack. It has an 8 MP fix-focused camera with video call support and dual LED flash. The camera also supports 720p video @ 30fps recording, face detection and geo-tagging.
Other key features of the phone includes quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, active noise cancellation via a dedicated mic, stereo FM Radio with RDS, stereo Bluetooth 3.0, flash Lite support in the web browser, NFC support and TV-out functionality (SD).