Today in Hong Kong at a press event, Nokia announced three new smartphones running Symbian Belle, the update to Nokia’s Symbian Anna operating system (OS). Symbian Belle is heading to the Nokia 700, 701 and 600 in the third quarter of this year.
The successor to Anna brings NFC sharing and pairing functionality to the table, along with three additional home screens, a dynamic lock screen, live widgets in five different sizes. The UI (User Interface) gets numerous tweaks that many Google Android users will be familiar with. There’s Android style pull-down taskbar and notification menu and a new app store.
All smartphones will come packing near field communications (NFC). Nokia seems to be aggressively pushing NFC as the next step for smartphones.
The Nokia 700, which we knew as the “Zeta,” claims to be the world’s most compact touchscreen monoblock smartphone; it features a 1GHz CPU, a 3.2-inch AMOLED “ClearBlack” display with Gorilla Glass, 5MP full-focus camera, pentaband 3G radio. The 700 also claims a talk time of 7.3 hours and will come in five different colors. We should see the Nokia 700 offered for around $390.
The Nokia 600 “Cindy” is meant to be a music-centric phone sold at a lower price point. With that said, the specs still look pretty good here: alongside the 1GHz CPU, 3.2-inch nHD display, 5MP full focus camera with LED and 720p video capture, FM transmitter and 2GB internal storage (with external memory available using microSD). Battery life is still very good, rated at 15 hours of GSM talk time. Expect the unsubsidized version of the phone to cost roughly $260.
Finally, the flagship device is the Nokia 701 (aka Helen) looks to be an updated C7-01 that, apart from the 1GHz processor, comes featuring a new 3.5-inch LCD instead of an AMOLED screen like the other two phones. It also has an 8-megapixel camera and is the most costly at the three at US$420.
The three handsets will be available in selected markets, and it looks like customers in Asia will be the first to be able to purchase these devices.