Flagship Nokia Symbian Belle camera phone rumoured for mid-2012

News 13:19, 9 Nov 2011

Rumours suggest a new Nokia camera phone is in the works which could launch in Q2 of 2012 running Nokia's Symbian platform

Nokia is reportedly working on a new ‘flagship' smartphone for the second quarter of 2012, but despite investing heavily in a partnership with Microsoft and pushing out Windows Phone devices, such as the new Lumia 800, this new handset is apparently a Symbian phone.

According to Unwired View's ‘multiple trusted sources' the new device is set to be the successor to the Nokia N8 camera phone.

Supposedly, Nokia's own Symbian system allows the manufacturer much more control over camera capabilities.

But it's not just down to the software, the new phone, which hasn't been named yet, will apparently feature a huge camera sensor with optical zoom, and being Nokia we'd also expect it to pack in Carl Zeiss optics.

There's no word on megapixel count at this point but we'd guess 12-megapixels if Nokia's previous ‘cameraphone' models are anything to go by.

Other features include a 3.5-inch Gorilla Glass display, complete with Nokia's ClearBlack technology and sporting an 800x480 pixel resolution.

There are a couple of things about this which are really weird though.

Nokia had previously indicated it would phase out the Symbian platform with its wholesale adoption of Windows Phone, so that makes the development of a new one odd in and of itself.

It gets more peculiar when you consider that the current Symbian builds, Symbian Anna and Symbian Belle, lack support for this new phone's high-resolution screen, which is a first for the platform.

This can only mean...a new version of Symbian?

A new version of a platform the company is supposed to be phasing out. It just doesn't make sense, which is why we're flinging salt about left right and centre right now, ‘trusted sources' or no.

There are only two factors which go some way to even slightly explaining this peculiar move, if it is indeed true.

The first is that Windows Phone isn't ready to handle the kind of high-calibre camera setups which are needed to follow the N8, which leads to the second point - by the time this new handset arrives at its rumoured Q2 2011 date, it'll have been 18 months since the N8 was released, so in fairness the timing is right for a successor.

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