At a press conference in Bangalore today, Nokia unveiled three new smartphones – 600, 700 &701 running the ltest Symbian mobile operating system – Belle. The Finnish mobile phone giant is promoting Near Field Communications (NFC) on these devices. To showcase the power of these Symbian Belle devices, Nokia along with Divum, a Bangalore based developer firm, showcased the power of these devices by using the 701 to manoeuvre an All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) using an app developed by Divum.
Please note that this app has nothing to do with NFC and it uses a Wi-Fi connection to function.
“There is great synergy between Ra.One and Symbian Belle as they both represent technology of the next level. I am delighted that Ra.One will be the first movie in the country to be marketed through NFC. There are many path breaking initiatives that Nokia has undertaken with Ra.One that will allow the consumers to experience the world of Ra.One through ‘Just Tap’ with NFC feature on the Symbian Belle smartphones,” said Shahrukh Khan, actor and Brand Ambassador, Nokia India.
“The Indian smartphone market is growing at an exponential rate. Consumers today are looking for differentiators that go beyond multi-tasking and processor speed. With our latest range of smartphones on Symbian Belle, we are introducing a path-breaking technology in the form of ‘Just Tap’ with NFC,” said D Shivakumar, managing director, Nokia India
The Device supports a 3.2inch TFT capacitive touchscreen with 360 x 640 pixels resolution, 1 GHz processor, 5 MP fixed focus camera (What?) with LED flash records up to 720P HD videos @ 30FPS, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, v3.0 with A2DP and 3G connectivity. Has a 2GB internal Storage and 2GB Micro SD card in the Box and can be extended up to 32GB. Supports NFC capability. Other features include Stereo FM radio with RDS, FM transmitter, internal FM radio antenna, Flash Lite 4.0 (not Flash Player 10)etc. Standard battery, Li-Ion 1200 mAh (BL-4J), Up to 540 h (2G) / Up to 600 h (3G) Stand By, Up to 15 h (2G) / Up to 6 h 30 min (3G) Talk Time.
Nokia 700 features a 3.2-inch AMOLED CBD (ClearBlack Display), sporting a resolution of 360 × 640 pixels, 1 GHz processor, Symbian Belle OS, Wi-Fi 801.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, 5 megapixel fixed focus camera with an LED flash, HD (720p) video recording capabilities, NFC (Near Field Communication). Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Stereo FM Radio with RDS, 256 MB RAM, 2 GB internal memory, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP, microUSB, eCompass, up to 465 hrs of stand-by time, up to 7 hrs 10 min talk-time, up to 47 hours music playback time and a 1080 mAh battery.
Nokia 701 features a 3.5-inch IPS-LCD display (Nokia Claims this is the Brightest Display ever made for a phone) with 360 x 640 pixels resolution, 1 GHz processor, Symbian Belle OS, 8 megapixel fixed focus camera with dual-LED flash, HD (720p) video recording capabilities, VGA front-facing camera for video calls, Bluetooth 3.0 with EDR, microUSB .Other features include a 3.5mm headset jack, stereo FM radio with RDS, GPS with A-GPS, 3G connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 512 MB RAM, 1 GB ROM, 8 GB internal memory, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, up to 71 hrs music playback time, up to 504 hrs stand-by time, up to 6hrs 45min talk-time and a 1300 mAh battery.
The Nokia 600 is priced at Rs. 12,999 (MRP), the Nokia 700 at Rs. 18,099 (MRP) and the Nokia 701 at (18,999)
The NFC technology was introduced by Samsung and Google in the Nexus S last year which was said to have a great prospects and has come to India with Nokia’s new Phone. But NFC is not a very cost effective and cheap technology as it requires a Physical hardware which is not as feasible as a the Bar code scanning app. NFC requires the user to tap the phone on the chip but there are places that it’s not always possible for example on a posters on the Wall or in newspapers or on website where you can just place a bar code and a Bar Code Scanner App in the phone can function the same way it would have on tapping the NFC chip.
In the Videos Below you will see the UI demos of all the Three phones and though we do agree that it’s welcome upgrade to the symbian family but it’s nothing anyone hasn’t seen before the UI is very Android Like which has more apps than the Symbian OS, better customization ability and developer support. Nokia is again a year late to strike the market with improved UI and hardware where android has well established it self in the Mid Range Segment and then comes the Fixed focus Camera Nokia has installed in all these phones for some reason which could be the decision making factor for not buying these phones.
Even with it’s flaws this is a nice upgrade for the Nokia fans as these are the best Symbian devices out there and if you forget the camera of the N8 these phones are way better than N8 and E7 because of the upgraded processor and the latest Symbian Belle update where N8 and E7 are still on the previous Anna update which could be the last update they got.