Despite plans for Windows Phone 7, Nokia isn’t saying farewell to Symbian just yet. The company has announced three new phones, the Nokia 700, Nokia 701 and Nokia 600 – all featuring NFC technology and all running the upcoming Symbian Belle OS.
The three phones appear to be similar, but all have slight differences. The Nokia 700, above, is one of the thinnest phones Nokia has ever produced. It features a 3.2-inch display, 1GHz processor, 2GB of internal memory (with microSD card slot), 5MP camera with full HD video recording and LED flash, and of course the NFC technology. Nokia is touting this to be one of its more eco-friendly smartphone, and also long battery life.
The Nokia 701 also is a clamshell but with more of a rounded shape. It has a 3.5-inch display, noise cancellation technology, 1GHz processor, 8MP rear camera with dual LED flash, a 2MP front-facing camera and 8GB of internal memory with microSD card slot.
The Nokia 600 appears to be a successor to its music-centric phone lineup. The phone will feature integrated FM radio tuner without the need for headphones, and an in-built FM transmitter to broadcast music without the need of hooking up wires. In addition, it also has a loud internal loudspeaker. Hardware-wise, it will have a 1GHz processor, a 5MP rear camera with LED flash and HD video support, and 2GB of memory that is expandable with a microSD card.
Following Symbian Anna, Belle is the next major version for the formerly known Symbian^3 OS line. The company is touting several improvements, including adding more home screens and different sizes to live widgets. In addition, notifications will now appear on the home screen and improvements on its much derided web browser.
Also, the OS features support of NFC sharing and pairing with a single tap. This feature is also present in the Nokia N9, and basically uses NFC to establish a Bluetooth connection without the need of PIN codes. All communication between the two still is through Bluetooth.
Belle isn’t out yet, and these phones won’t be out before Belle. Nokia has not also confirmed release dates (possibly fearing the iPhone 5). However, all we know is that the Nokia 600 will be cheaper than the 700 and 701.