Nokia 700 UK launch: networks give Symbian Belle the thumbs up

Nokia 700 UK launch: networks give Symbian Belle the thumbs upThe Nokia 700 handset, running the latest version of Symbian, codenamed Belle, has been dated by Nokia to arrive early next month, with all five major networks lining up to carry the super-compact handset.

It's news that tells us two things: first off, Nokia has actually learned its lesson in getting its handsets on the market quickly after announcing them. And second, the UK's networks are way more excited about Belle than they ever were for Anna.

Let's turn back the clock to mid-year and the arrival of the Nokia E6 and X7, which debuted Symbian Anna in the same way as the 700 is bringing Belle to the Symbian faithful.

Despite beating the BlackBerry Bold Touch to market as the first phone with both a smartphone and a QWERTY keyboard, the networks barely batted an eyelid, while 3 proudly nabbed an “exclusive” to stock the X7 in both dark and light steel variants – an exclusive still on offer, presumably since it's still trying to shift them.

But things are different with the 700, which Nokia says will be offered by Vodafone, O2, Orange, T-Mobile and 3, which is surely down to Symbian Belle alone. It's Nokia's smallest smartphone ever, with a 3.2in AMOLED screen, 1GHz processor (single-core) and 9.7mm profile.

The newly revised OS doubles the homescreen count to six, and delivers full NFC support, resizeable widgets and a bunch of other improvements.

It doesn't change the fact that Nokia is turning its back on Symbian to hitch its mobile wagon to Windows Phone instead, and these Symbian updates are going to run out sooner rather than later.

But not bad news for Nokia all the same.

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JanSt / MOD  Sep. 27, 2011 at 12:09

Why? Belle's highlitghts would be better shown of on a phone with a bit more, you know, Nokia, a bit more screen!
Resizable widgets on a 3.2incher?

Makes little sense to me. They should have relaunched the X7 alongside the 700.

Don't get me wrong, there is a market for smaller touchscreen devices, but for an important launch such as Belle's you'd expect some wroom. After all, if Nokia's WP7.5 venture flops (or the competItion is just overwhelming), Nokia will still rely on Symbian for some revenue to pay off Elop's mortgage and his trillion dollar performance bonus.


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