Priced at around Php 17,000, Nokia 701 is one of the first handsets to come with Symbian Belle - the latest update to the Symbian Operating System - featuring enhancements like a drop-down status bar, more home screens, widgets in various sizes, new action bar, NFC support and an even more refined user interface.
I've played with the phone and tinkered with its Symbian Belle OS a bit and off hand, I think it's a great handset. The design is attractive (similar to fashionista phone, Nokia C7), the build is durable and the UI is easy to navigate.
I particularly love Symbian Belle's drop-down status bar where the user can easy switch Wifi, Bluetooth and Mobile Data on and off with one touch.
Nokia 701 is also a capable multimedia device. It comes with an 8 MegaPixel camera, an HD video recorder, FM radio, TV out and NFC support for wirelessly playing music using Nokia Play 360 speaker.
As for the screen, Nokia 701 flaunts a 3.5-inch Nokia Clear Black display and scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass touchscreen.
Here's my quick hands-on video of the phone:
|Type||Slate Form Factor (Full Touchscreen)|
|Dimensions||117.2 x 56.8 x 11 mm|
|Available Colors||Steel Dark, White, Silver Light, Amethyst Violet|
|Operating System||Symbian Belle|
|Display||3.5 inches (~210 ppi pixel density), 360 x 640 pixels, LED-backlit IPS TFT Nokia Clear Black Display, Gorilla Glass capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Processor||1 GHz processor, 2D/3D graphics HW accelerator with OpenVG1.1 and OpenGL ES 2.0|
|Camera||8 MegaPixels, 3264x2448 pixels, fixed focus, dual-LED flash|
|Video Capture||720p 30 frames per second|
|Audio and Video Playback||MP4/H.263/H.264 player, MP3/WAV/еAAC+/WMA player|
|Ports||microUSB 2.0, 3.5 mm audio jack, TV out|
|Connectivity||NFC, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP, EDR, 3G HSDPA, 14.4 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps|
|Network||2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, 3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100|
|Memory||8 GB storage, 512 MB RAM, 1 GB ROM, expandable via microSD, supports up to 32GB|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Proximity|
|Battery||Li-Ion 1300 mAh (BL-5K)|
|Uptime||Stand-by of up to 504 hours on 3G and up to 551 hours 2G, talk time of up to 17 hours on 2G and up to 6 hours and 45 minutes on 3G|
|Value-Added Features||One of the first handsets to run Symbian Belle OS, NFC support, Gorilla Glass, Nokia Clear Black Display|
|Announcement||October 2011 in the Philippines|
|Price||roughly Php 17,000|