Nokia plans to launch its latest smartphone based on the older Symbian S40 operating system. Called Nokia C3-01, the phone will be released in India by the end of March.
Nokia said in a Twitter post that the company will launch this device by the end of the first quarter of the year, but has not mentioned the price of the phone. Market speculation and mobile experts, meanwhile, expect it to cost around Rs 9,000 or less.
There seems to be absolutely no reason why Nokia has chosen to use the S40 operating system in a new device. Symbian S40 appeared for the first time in 2002. At that time it supported 128 x 128 pixel displays. Over time, though, the user interface of S40 has evolved and it now supports up to QVGA (320×240 pixel) resolution on smartphones.
C3-01 has a candy bar form factor and a shiny steel body which is just 11 mm thick. It has a 2.4 inch QVGA display, a 5 mega pixel camera with LED flash, an alpha-numeric keypad, and integrated Bluetooth and Wifi for wire free connectivity.