The Nokia N8 and its successor, the Nokia 808 PureView both run Nokia Belle OS. But unlike the first one, which was originally launched with Symbian^3 and was only then updated to it, the second comes with this version of Nokia’s native mobile operating system pre-installed. Besides this there are several features affecting the phones’...
Nokia promises to surprise its fans at MWC 2012 not only with the launch of the newest Lumia lineup models, but also with the Nokia 808 PureView. Nokia 808 PureView is the rumored follow-up of the Nokia N8 coming with a more powerful camera. The recent video is enough to conclude it will be a wonderful handset with most accurate video recording capabilities so far offered by the manufacturer.
The camera of the upcoming smartphone is described by terms like pure detail, pure depth and pure definition. We still don’t know about the camera’s megapixel solution, but it will definitely record 1080p videos. The main guess is a 12 megapixel camera, though it might end up having a more powerful shooter.
So are you ready to “catch a pure view?”
Next to these high-end models Nokia will also launch low-end S40 based devices of Asha series. Interestingly, these models are already available in various third world countries.
Ultimately, Nokia does its best to come to the top, and the fact it’s this much talked about I’d say everywhere in the world, including social sites and blogs like TechPatio, serves as a hope it will in the end make it. As for now, we look forward to MWC.
We have something interesting about the successor of the Nokia N8 — the device will be launched with a curved screen. This announcement comes from dsmobile. When talking about the Nokia Lumia 900, dsmobile particularly said the “next camera phone will have a curved screen,” and obviously the next camera phone is the Nokia N8 successor.
For the Nokia Lumia 900 the manufacturer decided to replace Nokia Lumia 800’s curved screen with a flat one. It kind of affected the novelty’s overall appearance and finally the difference between these devices is evident.
The main problem Nokia faces is the lack of camera phones. Even upcoming novelties based on WP, such as the Nokia Apollo will lack a powerful camera. The issue is pretty urgent as Nokia is popular for offering camera phones while the Windows Phone OS is not capable of supporting cameras higher than 8 megapixels. This is the main reason why we still have Symbian OS for the Nokia N8 successor.
Hopefully, this issue will be solved with the release of the Windows Phone Tango, which is promised in the first quarter of 2012.
We have a brand new leaked user’s manual of a Nokia device running Symbian Belle. Unfortunately the shot doesn’t have any feature description except for the name. The handset is called the Nokia 803. The only specs allowing to make assumptions is the huge space taken by the camera. Yes, I assume it to be the successor of the Nokia N8 and the camera spot is huge due to the dimensions of the lens.
The manual is not final, which is a sign of possible changes to the image or the specs. The only confirmed features so far are the NFC functionality, HDMI and DLNA.
Still the expectations from the upcoming device are pretty high. We expect to see a 1GHz dual-core processor, not that large 3.5 inch display with ClearBlack and Gorilla Glass protection, 512MB RAM and finally a camera more advanced than the 12 megapixel camera of the Nokia N8.
The release date and the price of the handset are not announced. But we do not worry about this as we know the codename of the device and can follow the device while getting to FCC or other certification bodies.
Symbian OS is still one of the most discussed platforms, and we shouldn’t be surprised at this, because the company has designed a number of high-end smartphones with this software on board. So it’d be unreasonable to think Nokia will leave them. As expected Nokia is serious about the Fab Four — the Nokia N8, E7, E6 and X7. Recently we got convinced the company would roll out Symbian Belle update for these phones. It even made us hope Belle will come this year. Unfortunately, now we have to say the update is delayed until 2012.
The information is not official, but this is what it says — a Nokia user asked Nokia’s UK branch when the update would be available for his Nokia N8, and the company responded “Symbian Belle will be out early next year.”
We think the corresponding update will be available for them all at the same time. So we have to sit quiet because this information seems quite reasonable taking into account the huge job Nokia is currently doing.
Sometimes we learn about an upcoming handset not from its leaked shots, but leaked accessories. This is the case with the latest range of cases leaked in a quite respectable source. Here we see three-colored cases coming in cyan, magenta and black, which are the colors for the Nokia Lumia 800. Anyway the cases are definitely not designed for this handset, as their form more resembles the Nokia N8.
This leads to another rumor — the cases are designed for the upcoming successor of the Nokia N8, which will come with an even better camera. We are not sure about how many megapixels the novelty will sport, but we are sure the camera lense will be huge as the hole for the camera is not something typical of current Nokia devices.
One of Nokia’s main competitors — Motorola has plans to reveal a new 13 megapixel camera device coded as Motorola Dinara. This means Nokia has to offer at least a similar camera device, otherwise the camera accent of the manufacturer will be doubted. And if Nokia offers such a device, then Motorola reps will in no way rest assured.
Seems the Nokia N8 is still in leading positions, though Nokia has switched to a platform more competitive than Symbian. These are not just words as not so long ago we saw the bronze N8. And now be ready to get very surprised. A very respectable and trustworthy source states there is a white Nokia N8!
This amazing information comes from Anik, which posted a screenshot Navifirm where it shows v25.8 firmware for the N8. At first sight seems there is nothing to be surprised at. But what will you say if this firmware is for the white variant of the Nokia N8? Of course, it might be for the silver model, but I prefer to think Nokia will launch the white N8.
Anyway, I don’t have much to say on this, as we still have no information from Nokia itself. But if it proves true, we’ll have all reasons to claim Symbian (and Symbian-based smartphones) is not out of competition and until 2016 we’ll still be hearing pleasant news towards it.
The latest of Symbian, Belle, was first shipped on board of the Nokia 700 and the Nokia 701. Later Nokia announced it will also update some of the recent Symbian phones to this newer version. To keep customers updated Nokia created a special web page demonstrating the features of the Symbian Belle OS and the list of smartphones, which have already received the update.
The page had an annoying downside showing a list of handsets, which didn’t receive the update. To fix the issue Nokia upgraded the web page and at the moment we can see a more reliable list. If we trust this new list we’ll see Symbian Belle on the Nokia X7, the Nokia E7, the Nokia N8, the Nokia E6 and the Nokia 500 models.
The updates are expected to be pushed out before the end of this year. Most likely the manufacturer will turn this update into a Christmas Gift for its users. What should you expect from Symbian Belle?
This version of the OS brings in faster browsing, NFC support (share and pair capabilities), six homescreens, live widgets and a pull-down taskbar.
The Nokia C7 is the second device from Nokia coming with Symbian^3 operating system. The original name of the model used to be the Nokia C7-00, which was then officially cut to the Nokia C7. The handset is also known as the Nokia Astound. This device and the Nokia N8 simply have almost the same software package. The basic difference here is the camera and the design. In both cases the winner is the Nokia N8, coming with a 12 megapixel camera and a buttonless touch display. The customers will be required to pay way less for the Nokia C7 and this is where the situation will shift in favor of the Nokia C7.
For the first time Nokia is trying to show the camera emphasize is not the most important criterion for a smartphone. Interestingly, with the introduction of the Nokia Astound the manufacturer also decided to introduce its luxury version called the Nokia Oro. This handset comes at the price of $1635. It’s made of 18 carat gold, sapphire crystals and hand wrapped leather featuring the same specs as the original device.
The Specs of the Nokia C7 include:
Network: GSM 850/900/1800/1900, HSDPA 850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz
Operating system: Symbian^3, upgradable to Symbian Anna OS
CPU: 680 MHz ARM 11 processor, Broadcom BCM2727 GPU
Screen: 3.5 inch, 640 x 360 pixel, AMOLED, capacitive
Camera: 8 megapixels, dual LED flash, face detection and geo-tagging features
Memory: 8 GB storage, 256 MB RAM, 1 GB ROM, expandable through memory card Micro SD
Connectivity: Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, A-GPS, NFC, compass
Battery: 1200 mAh, BL-5K
Size: 117.3 x 56.8 x 10.5 mm
Weight: 130 gram
Externally, the model looks like a typical Nokia device, but with some sort of innovative touch. The handset comes with a plastic casing similar to those of the Nokia C6 and the Nokia N97. But luckily the back cover of the battery is made of metal. But to call the sense of the device the same as those of metal bars will not be true. It’s mostly plastic, and it’s obvious when you hold the phone.
The handset turns out to be slightly sleeker than the rest of smartphones using 3.5 inch displays. While still an older model the handset comes with 10.1 mm thickness, which is pretty slim for the devices of its kind.
The screen is similar to other models from Nokia, e.g. the Nokia X6. Its resolution is 640×360 pixels and 3.5 inches. It’s covered with special plastic glass, displaying up to 16 million colors. The screen Type is AMOLED, but it cannot be compared with the Super AMOLED from Samsung, this technology is of a different generation. The screen is comparable to the Nokia N8 and the Nexus One. Under direct sunlight it comes with a good picture quality, and it’s here that it triumphs over other handsets.
The display accommodates up to 16 lines of text (not in all modes), supports three font sizes chosen by your phone. It somewhat fades in the sun, but it is typical of this type of screens (exception — all the same Super AMOLED).
This is one of the first products from Nokia, supporting multitouch, you just have to make moves with your fingers (pinch-to-zoom), so that the image gets separated. The screen is capacitive, similar in execution to that of the Nokia X6 and behaves exactly the same way. Sensitivity of the display in most cases is satisfactory, but sometimes it does not react to clicks (software flaw, just like that of the X6).
This is the second version of the Nokia with Bluetooth 3.0, which is also called High Speed. When transferring files to other devices with this technology it activates Wi-Fi 802.11 n, a theoretical transfer rate is about 24 Mbit/sec.
The model supports various profiles, particularly, Headset, Hands free, Serial Port, Dial Up Networking, File Transfer, Object Push, Basic Printing, SIM Access and A2DP. Working with the headset does not cause any difficulties. It also supports standard Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g n. It’s not the first device on the market with such a set of connectivity, still it’s kind of nice to see all of the features available on a single device. And everything works like a clock, without causing any problems.
The Nokia C7 comes with an awesome 8 megapixel camera with an autofocus, which is great. It just walks behind the 12 megapixel camera of the Nokia N8, but I don’t think it’s a big deal. Originally these two cameras cannot be compared due to the difference in megapixels, still both of them are capable of using f/2.8 aperture rating for low-light shooting. The Nokia C7’s camera is using a dual-LED flash and an EDoF focusing system, but the Nokia N8’s camera is using Carl Zeiss optics, autofocus and Xenon flash.
The device comes with 8GB of built-in memory, plus there’s a chance of microSD expansion for up to 32GB. The RAM of the device is 256 MB (in contrast, the Nokia N97 Mini has only 128 MB of RAM). For Nokia this is a giant leap forward, which means an increase in the stability of the system and speed.
The capacity of the device battery is 1200 mAh. The phone can work up to 390 hours in standby mode and from 5.5 to 12 hours in talk time mode (UMTS/GSM).
On the downside is that the battery will require charging in two days. Against the background of many competitors, who do not live more than one day, this is a good indicator. The main energy eater is the desktop with widgets. The total time for recharging is about 2 hours.
Unfortunately, in all its glory this model shows that Nokia’s efforts to create social applications for its Symbian^3 smartphones were futile. In contrast to previous trend of different apps for different series, Nokia’s now decided to have identical apps for all Symbian^3 devices.
The manufacturer has created a separate application, which brings together all the accounts of social networking websites, while the authentication occurs via Ovi. This is an attempt to artificially increase the number of Ovi users.
The handset comes with three different homescreens. The shift to another homescreen can be obtained with the use of Swype technology. This time the homescreens are more widgetized, thus you get a chance to optimize widgets for each of the homescreens.
The handset comes with Ovi Store allowing to have a large list of free applications and games for download. Due to the fact that at the moment Angry Birds is also available for Symbian^3 devices, the Nokia C7 gives you the chance to experience this Apple-designed game on your device.
The Nokia C7 comes with pre-installed Adobe Reader and QuickOffice, but for the editing of the documents you will be required to get a paid update from Ovi Stores. The smartphone also supports Flash Lite 4.0 allowing to watch videos with the YouTube app (also coming as one of the pre-installed apps).
Describing my impressions of the Nokia C7 I should mention it’s among the top smartphones on Symbian^3. Judge yourself, it does not support HDMI-output, and a 12-megapixel camera, but there are other features of the Nokia N8 available on this device.
At this point in the C line there is the Nokia C6, which has a QWERTY-keyboard, is expensive and is not very attractive. Thus this model comes to fill the gap. It’s a nice device for those accustomed to Symbian. Coming with a small number of interesting games and an old interface, the device features several high-end specs. It can be called a great device running Symbian S^3 in terms of price/quality ratio.
Recently we posted that Nokia’s preparing the sequel of the Nokia N8, which is known for its 12MP camera. Though the market is full of different kind of smartphones, the N8 outstands. I can’t say why other manufacturers don’t try to create something similar, but it is only in favor of the Finnish company. Anyway, at the moment all our assumptions get an official claim.
At the Nokia Lumia 800 launch event in Russia the company VP Eric Bertman said Nokia will launch another cameraphone early next year. Well, this is an official statement and we can wait for a new N8 at MWC or CES, but at the moment I am thinking over another thing — what platform will the upcoming device run on? My anxiety is conditioned by the fact Windows Phone doesn’t support high-resolution screens, multicore processors or good cameras. On the other hand, Nokia and Microsoft have announced WP will run on high-end smartphones. So I have all reasons to think the Nokia N8’s sequel will run Symbian…Belle.
Well, let’s not overload us with assumptions, as in the coming weeks we’ll hear other news on this. But I recommend that you watch the full interview and share your thoughts with us if you know more.