Today Nokia has announced the new 603 smartphone, which will use Symbian Belle operating system. Belle is the next step up from Symbian Anna, and adds six new homescreens, live widgets, new notifications, an updated browser and probably most importantly of all, NFC support. The update will be coming to several other Nokia smartphones, including the N8 and the X7, plus Nokia’s new range of affordable smartphones such as the 700 and 701.
The 603 fits neatly in the middle of this new line-up, and Nokia say it’s their most colourful smartphone yet. The fascia comes in either black or white, and the rear panel in six different colours including yellow, green and blue. The phone has a traditional candy bar design, measures 12mm thick and weighs 106 grams, so it’s easily pocketable.
Inside the handset is a 1GHz processor and up to 2GB of memory, while the screen measures 3.5-inch and is one of Nokia’s excellent ClearBlack TFT-LCDs with IPS and a 640 x 360 nHD displays. On the rear of the chassis is a 5 megapixel camera, which unfortunately doesn’t have a flash of any kind, but it can shoot 720p video at 30fps, and has face tracking and recognition.
Additionally, the 603 has GPS with Nokia Maps and turn-by-turn navigation, Wi-Fi, 3G with HSDPA, Bluetooth 3.0 and a stereo FM RDS radio. The NFC chip and software support lets you share content with other NFC phones, interact with NFC equipped accessories and play NFC-enhanced games such as Angry Birds with Magic.
To accompany the 603 and other NFC-enabled Nokia smartphones, Nokia has released the Luna Bluetooth headset, which instead of using Bluetooth to pair, uses NFC. The main benefit here is that the pairing needs only a tap.
Both the Luna and the 603 phone are expected to launch during Q4, when the Belle handset will wear a very attractive sub-£200 price tag; not bad at all considering the feature list!
Check out the official Nokia 603 video below: