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Nokia 803 might sport the biggest, baddest cameraphone sensor yet, still loyal to Nokia Belle

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Nokia 803 might sport the biggest, baddest cameraphone sensor yet, still loyal to Nokia Belle
Alleged Nokia 803 render from the device's manual

Alleged Nokia 803 render from the device's manual

The first time we heard about an upcoming Nokia N8 successor, the juicy rumor was that it will feature optical zoom, something that is yet a territory to conquer with cameraphones. Then it received a codename - Nokia 803 - the render you see on the right, plus the add-ons were that it will still run Symbian, the latest iteration of which is called now Nokia Belle, and sport a 3.5"  WVGA display, 1GHz processor and 512MB of RAM.

We had Nokia's camera guru Damian Dinning the other day hinting that the next best cameraphone in the world "will have a Nokia logo on it, just like the current one :)", and now the last rumor brings some clarity into what he meant. Insiders got the latest scoop on the Nokia 803, and it is said to arrive some time in May with one of the biggest phone camera sensors yet, a 4" AMOLED display, and the Nokia Belle OS got reconfirmed. HDMI-out, microSIM and NFC round up the rest of the specs in the current rumor.

Nokia Carla and Donna with dual-core support hinted

Nokia Carla and Donna with dual-core support hinted

Windows Phone might not support the camera algorithms that a sophisticated sensor like the one on the Nokia 803 would require, hence the good ol' Symbian. It might be a decked-up version that is upgrading on Nokia Belle, though, if the WVGA resolution rumor still counts. 

If you remember, back in November someone crashed a Nokia developers event in Mexico by taking the spy shot of the slideshow you see on the left. It is listing the upcoming Nokia Carla and Donna updates to Nokia Belle, with Donna said to support dual-core processors, and be precisely what will be loaded on the 803. Sure, we need decent 1080p video recording now if we are to keep up with the Joneses.

So if at CES Nokia was banging the drum about its Windows Phone flagship, the Lumia 900, now at the MWC expo Nokia Belle might take centerstage, and a Nokia N8 successor is sure to bring back some positive attention to the overhauled mobile OS. Shutterbugs worldwide are already salivating at the thought of what Nokia might have done with the new sensor, if all these rumors materialize. 

Nokia 801 leak

Nokia 801 leak

Where there's smoke, there's fire, though, so we'll diligently work to snap some frames and clips with an eventual Nokia 803 cameraphone that might be announced at the MWC expo in two weeks. As for the recently leaked Nokia 801 with 4" AMOLED, said to sport a 12MP camera and the trendy pillow shape of Nokia's latest high-ends - who knows, it might be just the polycarbonate body version of the N8 with souped-up specs, we should hear about both pretty soon.

So, to sum it up, at best we might have a Nokia Donna-running, optical zoom-touting, 4" AMOLED-sporting dual-core Nokia with WVGA resolution, and at worst we get an improved camera sensor over the Nokia N8. Not too shabby, and we are waiting with bated breath for Nokia's MWC announcements.

source: BGR

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posted on 08 Feb 2012, 14:30 6

1. Striker (Posts: 92; Member since: 06 Nov 2011)


Go Nokia! WP and Symbian is a good combination!

posted on 08 Feb 2012, 22:02 5

10. nanozander (Posts: 69; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Would be nice if they actually do so. They're dropping symbian... =.=

posted on 09 Feb 2012, 06:59 1

14. karanstyle (Posts: 188; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


They shoulnt drop symbian... :-(
My first phone was a symbian!! The stylish Nokia 6260, then Nokia N93.. all were amazing either at looks or camera..

posted on 08 Feb 2012, 14:46 10

2. Muhannad (Posts: 455; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


Nokia N8 - Return of the King, LoTR anyone?

posted on 08 Feb 2012, 15:21 10

3. the_s2 (Posts: 206; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Symbian! Symbian! Good old Symbian again!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on 08 Feb 2012, 15:37 3

4. lboogy82788 (Posts: 22; Member since: 09 Jan 2012)


Might just get this because, well...it's Nokia. A company that makes very sexy yet intuitive phones. A larger N8 body, dual-core cpu, Belle OS, and a ginormous camera optical sensor, I think I know what to spend my dead presidents on!

posted on 08 Feb 2012, 15:54 2

5. m.garz (Posts: 61; Member since: 08 Oct 2010)


hopefully they'll come up with a Windows version.. Symbian's dying..

posted on 08 Feb 2012, 16:34 5

6. BlazinEmperor (Posts: 35; Member since: 24 Nov 2011)


Symbian isn't dying until Nokia decides not to support it anymore.. A mobile OS can't just vanish into thin air, if so BB OS would have been history.

posted on 08 Feb 2012, 21:08

9. Glim12808 (Posts: 393; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


Nokia is in the business of making money so as long as enough people buy Symbian phones for Nokia to make money on it, they will support it. Symbian's life depends on the buyers not on Nokia and unfortunately, for some years now, less and less people are buying it and moving to other platforms. Personally, I don't like Symbian; I find it inelegant and laggy.

posted on 09 Feb 2012, 07:01 1

15. karanstyle (Posts: 188; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


100% agreed!! BB OS is like waste without BBM feature.

posted on 08 Feb 2012, 18:27 4

7. vishu9 (Posts: 251; Member since: 03 Mar 2011)


oh man!! Did this have to happen just when I dropped my N8 and picked up SGS2 ??! Maybe when this 803 releases I wont be able to resist all that awesome camera goodness! Too bad I've gotten used to Android now... !

posted on 08 Feb 2012, 20:30

8. -box- (Posts: 3797; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Please just give it physical call/disconnect buttons... the single button below the screen is my biggest peeve with the N8, and why the C7 works better as a phone (especially when using it as an alarm clock or needing to interact with the phone while in one's pocket, such as declining a call), and one of the things I wish that WindowsPhone would incorporate
So either give it a bigger N8 or C7 body (or the Lumia 900) with physical call/disconnect buttons, nice big HD screen, and LTE/HSPA+ capability, and I'll put my money down right now

posted on 08 Feb 2012, 23:01 1

11. avinashmunnu (Posts: 14; Member since: 07 Feb 2012)


Given the unpopularity of Nokia phones, especially Sym^3 smartphones in recent times, I reckon this will launch and drop to ~$300 in a matter of months. If the N8 is any indicator, at that point it'll make an awesome replacement for my P&S camera: great quality stills and video, plus all the functions of a competent smartphone OS and Nokia's excellent build quality.

After using WP7 I would not consider any Sym^3 handset for my primary phone. But my P&S camera is getting a little bit long in the tooth. It'd be awfully convenient to stick in a data SIM and effectively have a great P&S camera with full access to the online world.

posted on 08 Feb 2012, 23:33 1

12. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


If they dual boot with WP7.5 and Symbian, might be a valuable purchase.

posted on 09 Feb 2012, 02:24 1

13. lubba (Posts: 1310; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


Should start working on how to put their superior camera tech on WP than trying to make a buzz on the next soon to be dead Symbian N8 successor. Part of what made Nokia Nokia was the camera. 99% production and advertisement right now is based on WP. It doesn't tell consumers why they should purchase a Nokia running WP. I believe if Nokia stressed their superior camera and all its options with MS Os social media integration would be a killer. Now if only they start working on putting the super cam on WP.

posted on 09 Feb 2012, 14:52

16. trumpet116 (Posts: 27; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)


So they took their biggest chance to sell Windows Phone...and killed it?

posted on 11 Feb 2012, 12:36 1

17. buggerrer (Posts: 287; Member since: 21 Sep 2011)


Thank goodness it is not a WP7 phone. Only Symbian deserves to produce a Nokia N8 successor.

Besides, contrary to what the WP7 astroturfers would have you believe, WP7 is the 'burning platform' now. It still has a single-digit % market share. Retailers and telcos worldwide are hardly enthused about it. A lacking library of apps.

I'm all for Nokia producing quality WP7 phones. What I abhor is Nokia betting its fortunes on an unpopular and unproven mobile OS. Why not be like HTC or Samsung: make a couple of WP7 phones every year, and leave it at that. Sadly, Elop the trojan horse has succeeded in his mission.

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