Nokia introduces Symbian Belle along with three new Belle-powered smartphonesAlex Wagner - Editorial Director of News and Content
Nokia 700, 701, 600
Nokia may have adopted Microsoft's Windows Phone platform earlier this year, but you certainly wouldn't know that from the Finnish firm's handful of announcements this morning. Nokia has revealed Symbian Belle, the next version of Symbian that is an update to Anna, as well as three new smartphones running the new operating system. First up, the new handsets, which are all due in Europe the third quarter (no U.S. launch info has been given):
- Nokia 700: 3.2-inch 640x360 AMOLED ClearBlack display, 1GHz processor, 5-megapixel camera with LED flash and 720p video capture, 2GB internal storage, NFC, 1080mAh battery, and Symbian Belle.
- Nokia 701: Nokia claims that the 701 has the world's brightest mobile display. Features a 3.5-inch 640x360 ClearBlack display, 1GHz processor, 8-megapixel camera with dual LED flash and 720p video capture, front-facing camera, 8GB internal storage, NFC, 1300mAh battery, and Symbian Belle.
- Nokia 600: The 600's claim to fame is being the loudest smartphone Nokia has ever produced. Sports a 3.2-inch 640x360 display, 1GHz processor, 5-megapixel camera with LED flash and 720p video capture, 2GB internal storage, FM radio antenna, FM transmitter, loudspeaker with 106 Phons, 1200mAh battery, and Symbian Belle.
Speaking of Symbian Belle, Nokia today detailed the Symbian Anna update. Belle introduces several major upgrades in order to "modernize the Symbian experience." The list of new features includes resizeable live widgets, six homescreens (up from three), a new status bar that includes a pull-down notification shade, new navigation bar at the bottom of the display, new Microsoft apps, new lock screen with notification info, and NFC support. Nokia says that Belle will be coming to existing smartphones like the N8, C7, E7, X7, and C6-01 in the coming months. You can check out a clip of Belle in action below.
Overall Belle looks like a pretty major upgrade for the Symbian crowd, especially thanks to new features like the Android-like notification shade and the addition of three homescreens, which will allow for a lot more of those new widgets. Nokia's staying mum about exactly when the Belle update will come to devices like the N8, but we'll let you know more when we do.
Nokia launches three no-compromise mass-market smartphones powered by Symbian Belle
Published August 24, 2011
Nokia 700, Nokia 701 and Nokia 600 smartphones introduce latest Symbian software update while new NFC-enabled stereo Bluetooth headset takes advantage of NFC pairing and sharing functionality
Espoo, Finland and Hong Kong - Nokia today announced the launch of three feature-packed, mass market smartphones, bringing the latest smartphone functionality at attractive price points and including market-leading innovation with Symbian Belle. The Nokia 700, Nokia 701 and Nokia 600 extend the range of available designs, features and functionality in the Nokia Symbian smartphone range. Symbian Belle powers all three, with single-tap NFC technology sharing and pairing, the most personal user interface so far and a more powerful mobile Web browsing experience. As well as allowing content to be shared between devices, NFC capabilities allow any of the three new smartphones to pair with NFC-enabled mobile accessories such as speakers or Bluetooth headphones and headsets.
To extend the range of available NFC-enabled accessories, Nokia is also announcing the launch of the Nokia Essence Bluetooth Stereo Headset, which can be paired with any NFC-enabled smartphone simply by tapping the two devices together.
Symbian Belle range
While all three smartphones contain recognizable Nokia features, they each represent a very distinct set of priorities to allow users to choose what matters most in a smartphone. The most compact touch screen monoblock smartphone in the world (Nokia 700); a sleek and stylish smartphone with the world's brightest mobile display for indoor or outdoor use (Nokia 701), and Nokia's loudest entertainment smartphone (Nokia 600) all bring firsts to the Nokia product portfolio.
"With the announcement today Nokia has made it clear that Symbian will continue to play an important role in its product portfolio along side Windows Phone 7" said Nick McQuire IDC. "There is a sense of urgency in the way improvements and innovation are being delivered to the platform that demonstrates how committed Nokia is to make Symbian products a competitive smartphone choice."
Nokia 700: Nokia's smallest smartphone
At only 50 cubic centimetres, weighing 96gm and at 110 x 50.7 x 9.7 mm, the Nokia 700 not only becomes Nokia's most compact smartphone in the Symbian range, it is the most compact touch monoblock smartphone in the world. What it lacks in size it makes up for in functionality, with single-tap NFC sharing and pairing capabilities, a 1Ghz processor, 3.2 inch AMOLED screen ClearBlack display, 2GB of internal memory (with the option of using a 32GB microSD card for a total of 34GB), HD video capture and 5MP full focus camera with LED flash. The Nokia 700 is also Nokia's most eco-friendly smartphone. With a long battery life, extensive use of eco-friendly materials and features to minimize battery consumption, it is the perfect smartphone for any environmentally-conscious smartphone user.
Nokia 701: Nokia's brightest smartphone
The Nokia 701 is a sleek, slim smartphone incorporating the world's brightest ever mobile phone display, based on a 3.5 inch ClearBlack display that makes it perfect for indoor and outdoor use. It also has active noise cancellation for the clearest sound quality and, like the other new smartphones, provides single-tap NFC pairing and sharing capabilities, allowing content to be shared and sound to be streamed wirelessly to headphones and NFC-enabled speakers.
Based on the popular Nokia C7 design, the Nokia 701 smartphone also has a 1GHz processor, 8MP full focus camera with dual LED flash and 2 X digital zoom, 2nd front-facing camera and HD video capture. It comes with 8GB internal memory and the possibility to increase to 40GB by installing a 32GB microSD card.
Nokia 600: Nokia's loudest smartphone
The Nokia 600 smartphone delivers a big sound and a big personality in a small package and is Nokia's loudest at 106 Phons. With built-in FM radio antenna for listening to radio without headphones and FM transmitter that makes it possible to broadcast music from your phone to any FM radio, the Nokia 600 is a music-lover's dream. With 60 hours of music playback time, an incredibly powerful internal loudspeaker and the ability to also stream music wirelessly to NFC-enabled accessories, it is the perfect smartphone to get the party started.
Available at a lower price point than the Nokia 700 and Nokia 701, the Nokia 600 still comes with a 1 GHz processor; 5MP full focus camera with LED flash and HD video capture, and 2GB of internal memory with ability to increase to 34GB using a 32GB microSD card.
Symbian Belle is the latest in a series of planned software updates to the Symbian platform, which started with Symbian Anna and will continue into 2012. Symbian Belle increases the number of home screens from three to six providing more room to display applications and services. Live widgets, now come in five different sizes, making the home screens come alive and giving users more flexibility to personalize the user experience. It also includes a pull down menu and taskbar to access notifications from any of the home screens and further enhancements to the Web browsing experience. All in all, Symbian Belle provides Nokia's most competitive, seamless and intuitive Symbian experience so far.
One of Symbian Belle's most exciting features is the single-tap NFC sharing and pairing capability. This allows contacts, videos and images to be shared with other NFC-enabled devices and smartphones, as well as pairing with NFC-enabled mobile accessories such as speakers and headsets. Gaming fans also benefit from the NFC capabilities of the new handsets with the ability to unlock additional levels in Angry Birds or find a hidden blade in Fruit Ninja just by touching two NFC-enabled devices together. On the Nokia 701 smartphone, which comes preloaded with Asphalt 5, two friends can even pair to compete on the same racetrack.
Nokia Essence Bluetooth Stereo Headset
The new Nokia Essence Bluetooth Stereo Headset uses special active noise cancellation technology to eliminate an unprecedented 99.8% of background noise - delivering pure, high-fidelity sound no matter how noisy the surroundings for people who don't want to sacrifice audio quality when going wireless. Using NFC technology, the Bluetooth headset can be paired with any NFC-enabled smartphone simply by tapping the two devices together.
Notes to editors:
Availability of Symbian Belle on newly shipping versions of the Nokia N8, Nokia E6, Nokia E7, Nokia X7, Nokia C7, Nokia C6-01 and Nokia Oro as well as by download will be announced closer to availability.
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Via PhoneScoop, Nokia Conversations