Nokia Launches Symbian Belle Powered Nokia 600, 700 & 701. We Go Hands-On.

Live from Hongkong few hours ago, Nokia announced 3 new smartphones powered by the new Symbian Belle OS.

Colin Giles, EVP of Sales, explains the context of the announcements, the reasons they’ve arrived and all about Symbian Belle, the Nokia 600, 700 and 701 and the Nokia Essence headset.

We were at the launch and here are some hands-on photos we took exclusively for discovrpOp readers.

NOKIA 700 – the smallest smartphone in the world

The Nokia 700 running on Symbian Belle, measures just 110 x 50.7 x 9.7mm and weighs only 96g. The size of the device definitely gives competition to other small smartphones in the market like the Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini.

I really like the thinness of the device. The screen looks great too. Nokia has definitely caught up with the current trend in screen technology with this 3.2-inch ClearBlack AMOLED display with Corning® Gorilla® Glass.

It’s powered by a 1GHz processor with built in GPS, compass, Bluetooth and FM radio. There’s a 5-megapixel full focus camera(which somehow is a bad thing if you love taking macro photos) with an LED flash for capturing pictures and video. It comes with 2GB user memory plus a MicroSD card slot for up to 32GB of extra storage.

Like the other 2 devices, the 700 has NFC built in! Coming in cool grey, silver/white, coral red, peacock blue and purple varieties, the Nokia 700 is expected to retail at around EUR 270 without local taxes or operator subsidies and is expected to become available in the third quarter of 2011.

NOKIA 701 – the brightest screen in the world

It’s basically a Nokia C7 running on Belle. Apparently, it has the brightest screen among all the phones in the world.

The Nokia 701 is powered by a 1GHz processor. It’s got a pentaband radio, with HSUPA 3G, WiFi, NFC, Bluetooth, GPS and FM radio. It measures 11 x 56.8 x 117.3mm and weighs 131g. I like the feel of the 701 in my hands among all the 3 devices announced today. I guess that’s one of the reason why Nokia remained the hardware from C7 for this one. Really comfortable in the hands.

This is a 3.5-inch IPS LCD display with ClearBlack technology – it’s in fact the brightest smartphone screen to date (in terms of NITs). Also, it’s wrapped in Corning® Gorilla® Glass.

There’s an 8-megapixel full focus camera(again macro shots are not possible) with a dual-LED flash on the back, and there’s a secondary camera at the front for video calling. Inside there’s 8GB of user memory, with provision for up to 32GB extra storage using a MicroSD card.

The Nokia 701 will be available in steel dark, silver light, amethyst violet, and white variations and is expected to come to market in the third quarter of 2011. Before local taxes or operator subsidies, it will cost around EUR 290.

NOKIA 600 – loud & proud

The Nokia 600 is designed to be and entertainment smartphone and is dubbed the loudest smartphone to date. Woah!

With the super loud speaker, the 600 comes with an FM transmitter so you can blast your music through the nearest radio; and an internal antennae, so you don’t have to plug in earphones to listen to radio.

The Nokia 600 also comes with NFC, so you can use it with accessories like the Nokia Play 360° speakers, as well as tap to share pictures and use other emerging NFC apps. The free, NFC-enabled versions of Angry Birds and Fruit Ninja included in the package are another way to use the technology.

The Nokia 600 is powered by a 1GHz processor too. The display is 3.2-inch nHD capacitive touch screen with a resolution of 640 x 360 pixels. It measures 111 x 53 x 13mm and weighs 100g. Though not the smallest, it does feel small compared to the 701.

The Nokia 600 will be available in black, white, pink and lime flavours from the third quarter of 2011. Before taxes and operator subsidies, it will cost around EUR 180.

Hands-on videos and sample camera photos taken using the 3 devices coming up soon!

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