Nokia 603 launches: another mid-range Symbian Belle handset

Nokia 603 launches: another mid-range Symbian Belle handsetWe've heard of flogging a dead horse, but Nokia has been lashing Symbian so hard over the last six months the troubled OS has actually gotten up on its feet again and looks ready to run a bit more.

After all, we've seen Symbian^3 rapidly evolve into Anna, and now into the actually-quite-good Belle, bringing with it a host of new handsets, including this one – the newly announced Nokia 603.

It's becoming increasingly difficult to tell all these new Nokia's apart – and that's without any Windows Phones settling into the mix, presumably following the same three-number naming convention that could quickly become a bit over-subscribed.

Buy hey ho – that's Nokia's business, we'll just take a look at the 603 then, shall we?

For starters you've got a 3.5-inch display featuring Nokia's ClearBlack display wizardry for better visuals outdoors in bright light. The resolution is pegged at 360 x 640 pixels, which is no surprise as it's the maximum Symbian can support.

Inside is that 1GHz ARM 11 processor that Nokia just can't leave alone right now, and you get 512MB to go with it and a modest 2GB of internal storage.

It's a decidedly average 5-megapixel camera on board, though it does have autofocus and 720p video recording, and to be fair to Nokia the 603 isn't exactly a premium device so it's about as much as we could reasonably expect.

Symbian Belle's presence means that apart from those resizeable homescreen widgets and pull-down notifications it's been making such a fuss over, you also get full NFC support, which Nokia has also been making a fuss about, but far more justifiably if you ask us.

Apart from a modestly attractive design, however, we're struggling to see just how the Nokia 603 is significantly different to the 600, 700 and 701 we've seen launched in the past few months, to be honest. Maybe Nokia is just stocking up the mid-range with a variety of options, and leaving the high-end stuff purely to its Windows Phone division. Which would make sense, to be fair.

Anyhow, the Nokia 603 just set you back just under £200 when it launches towards Christmas.

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blizzard7  Oct. 13, 2011 at 18:11

Nokia gets a huge thumbs-up from me for their latest wave of advertisements. Clear, concise and to the point.
Nokia 603 and my personal fave Nokia 701.

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 14, 2011 at 17:21

€465 for the Nokia 700!!! o_O Nuts, Nokia

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 14, 2011 at 21:46

Holy crap - had 10 minutes with the Nokia 701. What a screen!!! And what a rocksolid build! The photos don't do it justice. Hm...

Also, shame the 700 has a 3.2in screen: it is absolutely gorgeous. Belle's pretty impressive after the disappointing Anna. Very fast.

Adjust the price and 2 great midrangers are born.

blizzard7  Oct. 17, 2011 at 11:57

Indeed, priced a little bit lower, the 701 beats the hell out of all current mid-range Androids.


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