Nokia 803 coming with Belle and 'the biggest mobile camera sensor in history'

Nokia 803 coming with Belle and 'the biggest mobile camera sensor in history'

Ah, the confusion. So Mobile World Congress is coming up, and Nokia is definitely there. And after the two Lumia debutants announced back in October, us Europeans have had nothing since.

Cue rumours of a Euro-friendly Lumia 910 – with a 12-megapixel camera no less. But with talk of a camera-friendly successor to the Nokia N8 refusing to go away, rumours of a 12-megapixel Symbian swansong are also rife at the moment.

We're doing our best to keep on top of it all, and the momentum in recent days has swung decidedly from the former theory to the latter.

First came Nokia camera guru Damian Dinning's denial of the Lumia 910 theory, now comes fresh reports saying that a Nokia 803 is in the works, running the Belle OS (that's Symbian, though Nokia isn't calling it that any more), as well as a big screen and an even bigger image sensor.

The claim is being surfaced by the fairly reliable BGR, quoting a “trusted source”, and the details both confirm and alter some of the specs we've been talking about thus far in terms of an N8 successor.

A decision to stick with Symbian, and specifically Belle, has been seen as the most likely notion for a while now, but few predictions have spoken of a 4in AMOLED display, on a par with the Nokia X7 and E7, and comfortably bigger than the N8's 3.5in panel.

The presence of an HDMI-out port and support for a micro-SIM and NFC are pretty much what you'd expect, but the most interesting claim is that the Nokia 803 will feature “ one of the largest camera sensors – if not the largest camera sensor – ever seen on a mobile phone”.

That is certainly plausible given that the N8 launched with pretty much the same claim, and much of its prowess as a camera phone comes from its unique sensor size and bespoke optics. Not only that, but Nokia planning all along to repeat such an approach with its successor would explain why releasing it as a Windows Phone device was never really a possibility.

BGR's source repeats the claim that this will be Nokia's final Symbian smartphone release, and talks of a May launch window, which makes an appearance at Mobile World Congress well within the realms of possibility.

If any of this is actually true, of course...

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9 comments

equ  Feb. 9, 2012 at 23:49

Something odd is going on....
Is there somthing wrong with WP camer sofware or is is simply Nokia is not putting all its eggs into the WP basket afterall?????

equ  Feb. 9, 2012 at 23:50

Or just WP sales are so poor Nokia still needs Symbion sales??????????

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 10, 2012 at 07:29

equ,
It was clear for a good while that Nokia was going to release more Symbian devices in 2012 - they said so before long before they even released any Lumia.
Of Course, they're not gonna put all eggsin one basket. You can bet they have a working Android prototype, too.
Last year's financial report to the SEC spelled out all risks inherent to the partnership with MS.
So, yes - they're keeping all options open.
It wouldn't surprise me if a remodelled MeeGo N950 came out this year, too.

tomtim  Feb. 10, 2012 at 07:48

the things id do for an N950......

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 10, 2012 at 08:47

the things id do for an N950......
hahaha... I wouldn't mind one, myself... But the N9 isn't too shabby, either :p

tomtim  Feb. 10, 2012 at 09:14

yeah, im just waiting for the N9 to drop under £300 then im in!!

where did you get yours??

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 10, 2012 at 09:23

After months of dithering, I got one second hand.. As new. €300 for 16GB. I tell people it's a LUMIA so they go out and buy WP and then get annoyed :p

OOPS...nice device. And ANDROID 4 will be coming to the N9 soon, too :D

tomtim  Feb. 10, 2012 at 09:44

sounds good, if off to thailand soon, so may try and pick one up there...
last question, is the camera any good??

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 10, 2012 at 09:48

sounds good, if off to thailand soon, so may try and pick one up there...
last question, is the camera any good??

Camera is pretty good, indeed. Definitely better than any 8MP shooter on other phones that I used (SGS2, Galaxy Note, X7 etc...). It's not quite N8-good, but yep - good shooter. Even in low light. And it loads very very fast, too.

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