Nokia's three new smartphones run Symbian Belle, while the company debuts two low-cost models for emerging markets.
Handset maker Nokia
announced the launch of three smartphones, including Symbian Belle software.
The Nokia 700, Nokia 701 and Nokia 600 extend the range of available designs,
features and functionality in the Nokia Symbian smartphone range, and Symbian Belle
powers all three, with single-tap near-field communication technology sharing
In addition to 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.
The Nokia 700 features a
1GHz processor, 3.2-inch active-matrix organic LED (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
Based on the Nokia C7 design,
the 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, and is the company's brightest-ever mobile
Available at a lower price
point than the Nokia 700 and Nokia 701, the Nokia 600 comes with a 1GHz
processor; 5MP full-focus camera with LED flash and HD video capture, and 2GB
of internal memory with the ability to increase to 34GB using a 32GB microSD
card. The 600 is Nokia's loudest at 106 Phons, with a built-in FM radio antenna
for listening to radio without headphones and an FM transmitter that makes it
possible to broadcast music from the phone to any FM radio.
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,
improving home screens 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
"With the announcement
today, Nokia has made it clear that Symbian will continue to play an important
role in its product portfolio alongside Windows Phone 7," said Nick
McQuire, an analyst at IT market research firm 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."
One of Symbian Belle's
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. Using NFC technology, the Essence Bluetooth Stereo
headset can be paired with any NFC-enabled smartphone by tapping the two
Nokia also announced the launch
of the 101 and 100 phones-the 101 is Nokia's fifth dual SIM device in the last
three months and is the most affordable to date. The dual SIM functionality
enables users to connect to two different networks to receive calls and
messages. The Nokia SIM manager allows users to select which SIM card to use to
make a call or send a text messages helping them manage costs and maintain
network coverage without needing several phones.
In addition, the SIM manager
allows users to store the settings of up to five SIM cards on the phone, and to
personalize them by assigning names and logos for each SIM setting. In addition
to an FM radio, the 101 features an integrated MP3 player and a 103 phon
loudspeaker, and provides support for up to 16GB microSD memory card.