Nokia C7-00, Nokia's second Symbian 3 phone, breaks cover

Leaked photos and specs for the Nokia C7-00 reveal that the second Symbian 3 phone will bring multi-touch and Bluetooth 3 to the masses.

Nokia is taking its time with the Nokia N8 , its first phone to run Symbian 3, in the hope it won't have the same birthing pains as the Nokia N97. But the Nokia C7-00 -- the second, more affordable Symbian 3 phone -- is already leaking all over the Russian Mobile-Review blog.

Expect the C7 to have an 8-megapixel camera with two LED photo lights, and an 89mm (3.5-inch) AMOLED screen. Despite the bump to version 3 of Symbian, the user interface on the C7 looks similar to what we've seen on the N97 and other recent Nokia touchscreen phones.

The images purportedly show a prototype C7, however, so it's possible that it could get some tweaking before launch. The C7 also adds multi-touch zoom, which we've missed on other Nokias. 

The C7 doesn't skimp on the great connectivity that we've come to expect from Nokia. It has Wi-Fi, including support for the latest 802.11n standard, and Bluetooth 3.0, which should make for faster data-transfer speeds than older Bluetooth versions.

The C7 keeps things ticking over for Nokia, offering a more affordable alternative to the flagship N8. But smart phones running Google's Android OS are getting cheaper, better-looking and smarter every day, so Nokia's efforts to squeeze out Symbian 3 may be a case of too little, too late. 

Are you tempted by the C7 or has the Finnish legend run out of steam? Speak your brain below.

 

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