|Third of the Symbian Belle series announced today comes the Nokia 701. It is based on the C7-00 with the processor upgraded to 1 GHz (ARM-11), faster (up to 4 times) hardware graphics acceleration, and twice more RAM: 512 MB of operating memory.
Features include IPS LCDClearBlack display (3.5", nHD 360x640 pixels) providing better viewing angles and improved outdoor performance, advertised by Nokia as the brightest screen ever used on a smartphone, NFC (Near Field Communication) chip, 8 Megapixel EDoF camera with 720p video recording, 8 GB of internal storage memory and microSD memory card slot (up to 32 GB), FM radio receiver and transmitter, Active Noise Cancellation using second microphone, quad-band GSM and penta-band 3G, WiFi b/g, 14.4 Mbps HSDPA and 5.76 Mbps HSUPA, USB 2.0 (microUSB with USB On-The-Go), Bluetooth 3.0, integrated A-GPS, magnetometer, accelerometer, proximity and ambient light sensors, 3.5 mm Nokia AV connector and 2 mm charger port.
Powered by the latest Symbian Belle software, the device provides new and more intuitive user interface and home screens, much improved performance and enhanced multitasking, pull-down notifications, rich NFC functionality, and a range of updated and improved system applications, including Nokia Maps 3.6 with free lifetime navigation.
The Nokia 701 measures 117.3 x 56.8 x 11 mm (64 cc) and weighs 131 grams, comes in steel dark, silver light, amethyst violet and white colours, and with its BL-5K 1200 mAh battery provides 23 days of standby time and 17 hours (GSM) / 6.8 hours (3G) of talk time. The device will start shipping in Q3 2011 at 290 Euros before taxes and subsidies. Unfortunately, being the most powerful of the Symbian Belle range, the 701 probably won't be offered via operators in most of Western Europe countries and in the US, apparently not to compete with the upcoming Windows Phone range, just like the N9... I'll spare you reading what I think about it.