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Nokia N5 Smartphone Coming Up With Symbian Belle?

Nokia will launch more N-series smartphones soon with pictures of the N5 having emerged and news that the N6 and N7 will follow shortly.

As it stands, the N8 and the N9 have been officially unveiled by the company with the two handsets running on different operating systems.

GSMArena (opens in new tab) published those pictures courtesy of an unknown source and these show an updated version of Symbian Belle PR 3.0 with what seems to be a revised user interface not unlike the Harmattan one from the N9.

The smartphone - which looks a tad like the Nokia 5x00 series - will come in black or white and will apparently have a 3.2-inch capacitive touchscreen, most probably with a 360x640 pixel resolution with three physical buttons below it and a five-megapixel camera at the rear with an LED flash.

Sticking to Nokia's mobile strategy of one-hardware-platform-fits-all, the N6 and the N7 will most certainly feature bigger screens and higher resolution cameras.

Whether or not the phones will replace those based on the Symbian S60 5th edition remains to be seen. But it looks as if Nokia will keep Symbian running as long as there's a market for it.

Although no details have emerged yet, we expect the N5 to be released in the third quarter of the year with a SIM-free version available from around £100.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.