Nokia N8 fans can rejoice because apparently Nokia is working on a successor and it will be fitted with one of the largest camera sensor – if not the largest camera sensor – ever seen on a mobile phone. This is if the trusted source that tech blog BGR says provided them with the information, is to be believed.
The possible epic camera phone from Nokia – rumoured to be called the Nokia 803 – will also be the company’s last Symbian device. The 803 will run the latest Symbian Belle OS (we would prefer Windows Phone instead) and feature a 4-inch AMOLED ClearBlack Display, an HDMI-out port, micro SIM support and NFC as well. The expected release date for the Nokia 803 will be sometime in May but at the moment, nothing is official.
Could the Nokia 803 be making a debut at MWC? If the May timeline is true, then a MWC appearance is certainly possible. Well, we’re just a couple of weeks away to finding out.
Head on to after the jump to see how the Nokia 803 might look like.
Nokia has announced its global roll out of the latest Symbian Belle update for Nokia X7, N8, C6-01, C7, E7, E6 and Nokia Oro. For Nokia 500 users, the update will be available much later in couple of weeks time. This is the 2nd Symbian^3 upgrade right after Anna rolled out about 6 months ago.
Symbian Belle aims to offer refreshed new experience on the same Symbian device. So what’s new? Belle now offers 6 customisable home screens, a new notifications bar with power toggle switches and an enhanced new Nokia Maps.
To upgrade to Belle, you would need to connect your Nokia device to the PC via Nokia Suite which is downloadable here. In terms of availability, Malaysian users should be able to update right now as indicated on their Belle availability page.
Head after the break for the step by step video.
Nokia has released the Nokia 603, which also runs on their latest Symbian Belle. Like the earlier Nokia trio – Nokia 600, 700 and 701, the new Nokia 603 is powered by a 1GHz processor and it is also NFC enabled.
The device measures 113.5mm x 57.1mm x 12.7mm and it weighs 106.7g. Compared to the Nokia 600, it is slightly taller and wider due to its larger 3.5″ Clear Black Display but it is slimmer by 0.3mm. The screen offers a nHD resolution of 640×360. There’s a 5MP at the back which supports 720p HD video recording. In terms of connectivity, it supports the usual Bluetooth 3.0, WiFi and 3G HSDPA with download speeds up to 14.4Mbps.
The Nokia 603 is available in both Black and White colours with back covers that comes in a variety of 6 colours. It is priced at about €200 before tax which is approximately RM867.
Head after the break for promo video and details.
First announced in August 24, Nokia’s brightest phone, the Nokia 701 is now here in Malaysia.
The C7 lookalike Nokia 701 boasts the distinction of having the brightest screen of any smartphone with a display capable of pushing out 1000nits, 300nits brighter than the former display brightness king, the LG Optimus Black at 700nits while the Retina Display on the iPhone 4 pushes a luminance of just 500nits.
The 701 features a 3.5-inch IPS LCD ClearBlack Display (640×360 pixel) which is also toughen by Gorilla Glass. Powering the Symbian Belle device is a 1Ghz processor with 512MB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. Imaging is comes in the form of an 8MP rear camera with dual-LED flash capable of shooting 720p HD video and a VGA front-facing unit.
The Nokia retails for RM1,130 outright and is available now.
Earlier on Nokia has announced its Anna software roll out to first generation Symbian^3 devices but only to be pulled out from Malaysia. Nokia Malaysia claims that Anna isn’t ready for Malaysia as we are supposed to be getting the localised version of the update.
Now Nokia Malaysia has announced that it is officially available for the Nokia N8, Nokia C7, Nokia C6-01 and Nokia E7. However a check at Nokia Malaysia’s Anna page revealed that Nokia N8 is labeled as coming soon. Most people have also feedback that they can’t enable split-screen messaging, a new feature which lets you do keyword input while still staying on the original screen. Unfortunately even with this new announcement, split-screen isn’t available for users in Malaysia/Singapore. Instead they will be releasing this feature in the next Anna software ugprade.
To get to know the features, head after the break for Anna introduction video.
UPDATE: Nokia Malaysia has announced that Anna update for first generation Symbian^3 devices isn’t officially ready for Malaysia and some users may experience issues upgrading. For those who managed to upgrade to Anna, it’s confirmed that we won’t be having keyword split-view as some countries we’re exempted for now. However they have confirmed to be working towards having it available at all countries in the next update. Anna updates for Malaysia will be published here but so far no dates were given.
To download the update, you can do it via Ovi Suite through a computer or you can download OTA through SW Update on the device. The first software update to Anna takes about 25MB to download. After completion, there are 2 more Anna updates about 58MB to bring it up to the latest version.
So what’s new with Anna? Apart from the rounded icons which is the interface design for Nokia right now, it brings a host of improvements in usability. The first obvious improvement is the availability of full QWERTY keyboard on portrait mode. Previously you only get T9 keyboard in portrait and full QWERTY is only available in landscape mode. Although this is good, some time is needed to get used to it as the keys are tiny while the Backspace button is placed at the bottom right, instead of the top. Another improvement is the availability of having split screen which we can’t seem to find right now. This lets you see the original contents of the page while typing instead of having the full screen taken over for input.
Browser seems to be improved as it is slightly smoother than before. The navigation and menus look better. For business users they have added meeting request support and couple of encryption enhancements. For the full list of enhancements, you can read the previous post or head to Nokia Conversation Blog here.
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When Nokia announced their new Nokia E6 business phone and Nokia X7 entertainment device, they have also revealed Symbian Anna which was formerly known as PR2 update for Symbian^3. The new Symbian Anna comes with a number of key enhancements as follow:
Nokia has mentioned that Symbian Anna will be available for existing Symbian^3 devices such as Nokia N8, C6-01, Nokia E7 and C7 in the coming months but no dates were given.
For more information, head to Nokia’s Conversation blog here.
Check out more screenshots and introductory video of Symbian Anna after the break
Nokia has recently launched 2 new devices, the Nokia E6 and the Nokia X7. The E6 is fresh new upgrade of its popular QWERTY candy bar model of its Nokia E5/E72 siblings which now comes with a touch screen. The other device, the Nokia X7 is an entertainment skewed smart phone which comes with toughen glass and seamless stainless steel body.
Nokia has just made available the first update for its Symbian ^3 platform — now simply known as Symbian — globally starting from today. The version 1.1 update is available for the Nokia N8, C7 and C6-01.
Nokia says most of updated features in version 1.1 “are not directly visible to end users, but together” but ensure that the enhancements “will enhance the user experience of each Symbian device”.
General enhancements in version 1.1 are:
For the Nokia N8:
To get the update, go through the “Software Update” on your device or just visit Ovi Suite for instructions.
Nokia warns that the update will be hefty, especially for the N8, so make sure your device is connected to a non-3G network via WiFi when executing the update.
Alternatively, you can use the Ovi Suite on your PC to download and install the update.
C7 owners can get the standard, non-customised version of the software is available from today. Nokia N8 and C6-01 owners will have to wait for your version early next week.
Nokia Malaysia has tweeted the availability of the new C6 in Malaysia with the price tag of RM1140. The new C6 which carries the full model number of C6-01 is a Symbian^3 device, not to be confused with the older C6-00 with QWERTY keyboard that runs on Symbian S60. The C6 device was first announced announced together with the C7 and E7 at Nokia World 2010.
It comes with a 3.2″ AMOLED display and has a 8MP Camera with dual LED flash capable of shooting 720p HD videos. It comes with 340MB memory onboard which is expandable with microSD. You can check out the full specs over at Nokia’s C6-01 product page.
Check out the Nokia C6-01 video after the jump.