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Nokia launches a new OS and three new phones

Finnish fone maker Nokia has introduced an update to the Symbian^3 OS under the codename of ‘Belle’, along with the Nokia 700, 701 and 600 – all of which will be running the updated Symbian platform.

The Nokia 700 arrives as a touch screen full featured, NFC enabled, Symbian Belle smartphone that is set to arrive in the UK – where the 701 and Nokia 600 are due to ship in other markets around the world.

Nokia’s 700 is their smallest mobile phone at just 50 cubic centimetres, whilst measuring 110mm in height, 50.7mm wide and is only 9.7mm thick, along with weighing in at 96grams.

The Finnish haven't compromised in the abilities of the 700, as the handset arrives with a 3.2-inch AMOLED screen with the ClearBlack technology that accompanies the higher-end devices – for clear screen visibility in bright outdoor conditions.

Backing up the non-compromising capabilities of the Symbian ‘Belle’ OS driven phone is the 1GHz processor, which now joins the Nokia 500 with the same fast CPU, a 5 megaxpixel camera that has HD video recording features, along with 2GB of internal storage plus support for 32GB microSD cards.

The 700 will arrive as the first Nokia Symbian Belle run handset, which is the latest in a series of planned software updates to the Symbian platform – which began with Symbian Anna being rolled out to existing Symbian^3 phones last week.

Symbian Belle increases the number of home screens from three to six, which provides more room to display applications and services. The live widgets will be available in five different sizes too, offering the user more flexibility to personalise the phone.

There is also a pull down a menu and taskbar to access notifications from any of the home screens, in the same way as Android with further enhancements to the web browsing experience.

One of Symbian Belle’s new features is the single-tap NFC sharing and pairing capability. This allows contacts, videos and images to be shared with other NFC-enabled devices and smartphones, as well as pairing with NFC-enabled mobile accessories such as speakers and headsets.

Gamers can also benefit from the NFC capabilities of the new handsets with the ability to unlock additional levels in Angry Birds or find a hidden blade in Fruit Ninja, just by touching two NFC-enabled devices together.

The ‘Belle’ platform will ship on new versions of the Nokia N8, E6, E7, X7, C7, C6-01 and Nokia Oro – in addition to being downloadable, at a later date.

The Nokia 700 is due to arrive in the third quarter of this year and is expected to retail at around €270, or around £240.

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