Another new Nokia has popped its head up for some attention, and this time it's the Symbian Belle-powered Nokia 603 we're hearing about.
Rumour has it that the new handset will break up the Windows Phone love-in at Nokia World at the end of the month, with Nokia also set to announce the release of the Belle update for other Symbian phones too.
Belle is the next (and potentially last) upgrade to Symbian after the Anna build came out a few months back. And to be fair it looks to be a pretty big step forward, dishing up six homescreens, resizeable widgets, a new pull-down notifications bar and various other new features too.
Nokia has already confirmed that all Nokia phones currently on Symbian Anna – and that includes those already upgraded from the older Symbian^3 such as the N8 and E7 – will be in line for an upgrade to Belle too, and now we're hearing from a couple of Nokia-related sites that Nokia World will be when the update will be made live.
But first, a quick word on the Nokia 603, and if you've been paying attention to the other recent Belle handsets the Finns have announced, you'll almost be able to recite the spec by heart: 1GHz processor, 5-megapixel full focus camera, 360 x 640 screen, and the usual connectivity specs, including NFC support – Belle's joker card for all new Symbian-powered Nokias.
In other words, it looks like the 603 will fall into a very similar market range to the other handsets we've seen announced recently, with the differentiation likely to come in the form factor and physical appearance. We'll have to wait and see.
As for the Belle release rumour, it sounds pretty plausible to us. Let's not forget that Nokia's big push on Symbian this year has largely been an illusion. The platform has been abandoned, and Nokia has simply been rushing out all the handsets and updates it can to keep some kind of sales momentum ahead of the Windows Phone era beginning.
With that all but certain to commence on October 26 and 27 – the dates for Nokia World – there's a certain symmetry in Nokia emptying its locker of its last few Symbian OS tricks at the same time.
Via Unwired View