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HONG KONG – Our first new smartphone featuring the Symbian Belle operating system, the Nokia 700, is launched today. The Nokia 700 boasts the honour of being the most compact touch monoblock smartphone in the market right now. This is a tiny device, but it also packs quite a punch when it comes to functionality. All the details after the break.

In brief

  • The Nokia 700 is the world’s smallest smartphone
  • Runs Symbian Belle
  • 1GHz processor and NFC
  • N8 is carved from a single piece of aluminium
  • Ships in Q3 2011

Coming with Symbian Belle preinstalled, this is a smaller, smoother Symbian experience than you’ve ever had before. The Nokia 700 measures just 110 x 50.7 x 9.7mm and weighs only 96g. It’s ideal for people who want a smartphone that slips easily into their pocket but don’t want to miss out on modern smartphone functionality.

Like our other recent smartphones, the Nokia 700 offers a pentaband radio, WiFi and up to HSUPA 3G data transfers. It’s powered by a 1GHz processor, and also incorporates GPS, a compass, Bluetooth and an FM radio. The battery life is rated at up to 7.3 hours talk-time or up to 465 hours on standby. There’s a 5-megapixel full focus camera with an LED flash for capturing pictures and video. It comes with 2GB of user memory plus a MicroSD card slot for up to 32GB of extra storage.

The screen is a 3.2-inch ClearBlack AMOLED display with Corning® Gorilla® Glass on top. This gives excellent brightness and contrast: it almost looks as though the icons are painted on the surface.

There’s also NFC built in, so you can touch to share pictures, use NFC-enabled accessories such as the Nokia Play 360°, and enjoy more applications as they arrive.

The Nokia 700 is also our greenest phone to date. Like all our other Nokia devices, it’s free of pollutants like PVC, RFR and BFR. It’s also constructed using materials like bio-plastics, recycled plastics and recycled metals. Thanks to the AMOLED screen, ambient light sensor and power-save mode, the Nokia 700 will remain environmentally responsible throughout its life. Like every Nokia, it can be 100% recycled once it’s time to move on.

Coming in cool grey, silver/white, coral red, peacock blue and purple varieties, the Nokia 700 is expected to retail at around EUR 270 without local taxes or operator subsidies and is expected to become available in the third quarter of 2011.