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Nokia 701 announced as the smartphone with brightest screen, Nokia 700 as the most compact

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Nokia 701 announced as the smartphone with brightest screen, Nokia 700 as the most compact
Nokia has been teasing us with its countdown timer about "something new on Symbian" since Monday, and it just sent us the press release announcing not only the next version - Symbian Belle - but also a few phones to popularize it come the holiday shopping craze.

The Nokia 700's main selling point, according to Espoo's marketing department, is that it is "the smallest smartphone in the world". While not the slimmest, at 0.38" (9.7mm), Nokia might have a point with the 700, as its compact chassis measures just 110 x 50.7 x 9.7mm, and it weighs 3.39oz (96 grams).

Still, it packs a 3.2" ClearBlack AMOLED display, 1GHz processor and 5MP fixed focus camera with flash, plus a front-facing cam, 2GB of memory, NFC, GPS, Bluetooth and FM radio. The battery is rated for 7 hours of talk time in 3G mode, and 19 days on standby. The phone is coming in several colors like "cool grey", silver/white, coral red, peacock blue and purple, and will cost $390 (EUR 270) before taxes and subsidies in the third quarter of 2011.

What piqued our interest more than the claim of the world's most compact smartphone, is the fact that the Nokia 700 is touted as the company's greenest phone to date. We know that Nokia excels among in peers in that respect, but here it has outdone itself by not only excluding harmful materials in its production, but also utilizing bio-degradable or recycled plastics, and recycled metals.

Nokia 700
Nokia 700
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Nokia 700


The other newcomer, the Nokia 701, steps it up a bit, with a 3.5" IPS-LCD display, again with the ClearBlack technology, which Nokia claims is the brightest smartphone screen out there in terms of nits. So far that crown had been reserved for the LG Optimus Black with its 700 nits, so the Nokia 701 should be even brighter, which would make for better sunlight visibility, so we can't wait to get one and test it outside.

The Nokia 701 actually looks a lot like a more compact Nokia C7 at the front, has the same 8MP fixed focus cam with flash and 8GB of onboard memory, but it is powered by a 1GHz processor, and has a 11 x 56.8 x 117.3mm body with 4.62oz (131 grams) of weight. The battery is rated for close to 9 hours of talk time in 3G mode, which sounds pretty good, and the phone is pentaband.

These 1GHz processors are a novelty for Symbian devices, and Nokia claims they carry four times the graphic memory of the predecessors, so performance with Symbian Belle shouldn't be an issue, as it runs smooth even on 680MHz. The Nokia 701 will be available in the third quarter of 2011 in steel dark, silver light, amethyst violet, and white versions. The price before taxes and subsidies is pegged at $420 (EUR 290).

source: Nokia

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Nokia 701


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posted on 24 Aug 2011, 07:58 1

1. ryq (unregistered)


3.2"! fixed focus camera! apparently nokia dont read the reviews anll review hate the fixed focus camera! and 3.2" screen! all new touchscreen should a least have a 3.5" screen!

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 08:36 1

2. aries.phills (Posts: 112; Member since: 17 May 2011)


The Giant is waking up.
Well, its better late than Never.
There is nothing impossible.

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 08:37 2

3. chunk1x (Posts: 248; Member since: 25 Jun 2011)


I hate fixed focus cameras.

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 08:47 1

4. Ngô Thanh Hòa Vietnam (unregistered)


You know what? Symbian belle is still laggy and look very unattractive compare to IOS and android. plus, these new phones' design is so poor. It's a big let-down

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 11:11

5. Mobile-X-Pert (Posts: 565; Member since: 20 Dec 2010)


Have you used it???? those videos that you see on the the internet are from a pre-released version of symbian Belle so therefore you shouldn't be judging it yet.

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 16:28

6. ChiX017 (unregistered)


Oh..so u've used it or have U seen the pre-released version....theres a reason there not finished products then?!

posted on 27 Sep 2011, 09:49

8. Nokia N900 User (unregistered)


Nokia does a lot of things right like hardware, antennas/radios, and power management. In addition, they don't build a business model based on tracking what you type in an email, search on a web browser, or where you go (Google).

Where they are lacking is the software interface and also the CPU/GPU not being sufficient for intensive video applications. Some might fault them for lack of apps., but they do cover all the good and useful apps. perfectly well and they have a huge market outside of the USA for developers.

So Belle looks like a great upgrade for the software interface. The bigger and more powerful single core CPU/GPU should take care of video issues and multitasking. The 701 looks like a nice smart phone alternative for consumers. Now if Nokia can just get T-Mobile USA to offer this instead of the buggy and underperforming Astound (C7). Sadly, we may only get a Windows Phone that acts just like a Google Android phone, but with Nokia hardware.

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