Nokia unveils Symbian Belle and three new phones

Nokia unveils Symbian Belle and three new phonesNokia keeps on banging the Symbian drum in the hope that someone will strike up a tune. Today saw the much-rumoured Symbian Belle evolution given an official release alongside three new handsets – despite the fact that the Symbian Anna update has only just gone out.

The three new handsets are the Nokia 600, 700 and 701 – all dutifully following the new Nokia naming convention – and like the Symbian Belle OS running on board will probably touch down sometime in Q4.

Credit to Nokia where it's due: Symbian may be approaching the end of its shelf life but Nokia has done its best to give it a bit some love and attention before its demise – though most people would probably class it as “too little, too late”.

Symbian Belle introduces resizeable homescreen widgets and supports up to six homescreens to arrange them on – up from the current three. There's also a new notification bar along the top of the screen which neatly houses information such as messages, missed calls and the like.

NFC capability is built right in, too, and various other features have been given a bit of polish too.

As for the three new phones, all three have been frequenting the Rumour Tavern quite a bit recently, so there's not too much by way of surprise.

There's no sign of those vaguely annoying code names we've been bandying about (Zeta, Helen and what's-her-face), instead it's the very straight-laced 600, 700 and 701.

The 701 looks very much like the spiritual successor to the C7, featuring the same slightly bulging lip around the bottom, and otherwise comes with a 3.5in ClearBlack Display screen (which Nokia claims is the brightest screen in the world), a 1GHz processor, 8-megapixel camera with (it's about time, Nokia) a second, forward-facing cam and 8GB of internal memory.

Next is the Nokia 700, which measures a petite 110 x 50.7 x 9.7mm and weighs just 96g. The display is a 3.2in AMOLED panel, and there's also space for a 5-megapixel camera and 2GB of storage in its slender frame.

Last up is the Nokia 600, which is aimed at the media-lover and has a pretty serious built-in speaker, along with the now-predictable 1GHz processor, 2GB of storage, and comes pre-loaded with NFC-enabled versions of Angry Birds and Fruit Ninja, which sounds kinda interesting to our ears.

Price-wise, Nokia has done its usual thing and announced a Europe-wide base price before any country-specific taxes or subsidies are added, but for the record, the 701 has been priced at €290, the 700 at €270 and the 600 at €180.

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JanSt / MOD  Aug. 25, 2011 at 09:27

What a sad middle-of-the-road trio to launch Belle on. I hope they have something slightly more exciting in the pipe. Though.... I actually got to like the Nokia C7. (which,btw, ...what "protruding lip" are you talking about?)

Stelph  Aug. 25, 2011 at 13:12

I quite like the 770, as the C7 was a very nice phone and this looks like a spec bump. Still considering how well Symbian ran on the 680Mhz processor it must gun along on a 1Ghz one! Does the camera have autofocus (the main issue with the C7 when the N8 was strutting its stuff was it was too tempting to go up to the N8 and its awesome camera rather than "settle" with the C7)

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 25, 2011 at 13:26

Stelph, I haven't looked into it, but I remember Murtazin b*tching about the fact that those 1ghz chips are old old old... Will have to research that ... #noteToSelf

Stelph  Aug. 26, 2011 at 14:45

Old or not, unless the architechure of the chip is older than the ones in the N8 I would be surprised if the phone is slower!

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 26, 2011 at 15:21

True.

nokiarumourmill  Aug. 31, 2011 at 22:14

Apparently only the 700 will hit the UK shores

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