Although Nokia is currently switching to Windows Phone 7 for their devices, occasionally the remaining Symbian users get a little bit of love. Today is one of those days, as a concept image of what appears to be the Symbian-powered successor to the Nokia N8 has just leaked.
Along with the image came a manual, which named the device the 803 and confirmed that it will be running Symbian Belle. It also revealed a few features of the smartphone, like a 3.5-inch 800 x 480 display, HDMI, DLNA, and NFC capabilities. However, most of the specifications are still rumors, such as the 1GHz single-core processor, 512MB of RAM, and display type.
Camera details also remains a mystery, but it seems safe to expect something huge. The N8 packs a 12MP shooter with xenon flash, so if the 803 really is its successor the camera would have to be great. This doesn't necessarily mean more megapixels, but from looking at the size of the camera hump it seems possible that the device will have a large sensor, lense, flash, or even optical zoom.
According to a source, the device will launch sometime next year, possibly at Mobile World Congress. As far as the camera, Nokia probably has a winner here, but their choice of OS and hardware design are less impressive. It seems odd to me that they continue to release devices with Symbian, while Windows Phone 7 and even MeeGo are better choices. Hopefully soon we'll see some of these awesome cameras on Windows Phone devices, but until then it looks like you will be stuck with Symbian if you want a quality smartphone camera.[Digital Trends]