Nokia confirmed last month that it would start rolling out the Nokia Belle update to some Symbian^3 smartphone sometime in February 2012.
However, it appears that the Finnish handset maker is already shipping some of these devices with Nokia Belle preinstalled.
These Symbian Anna smartphones that are now shipped with Nokia Belle are not yet available in all regions, but the handset maker confirmed that the N8 with Belle was at the moment available for purchase in India.
Responding to a Nokia fan who was asking about the upcoming availability of the N8 with Belle on board, the Finnish company said “We are already shipping new versions with Nokia Belle installed. Check with your local store for more information.”
Moreover, Nokia also confirmed that new Belle devices (N8, C6-01, C7 and other) were being shipped to Turkey and other European countries.
“Yes we have in some regions. You might want to check with your local store to be sure,” replied Nokia to a fan who was asking about the availability of these Belle smartphone in Turkey and Europe.
Starting February 2012, the following smartphones will receive the Belle software update: Nokia N8, Nokia E7, Nokia E6, Nokia X7, Nokia C6-01, Nokia C7, Nokia 500 and Nokia Oro.
Unfortunately, Nokia has yet to announce the update’s scheduler, so we can expect more information from the Finnish handset manufacturer in the following days.
Nokia Belle brings some important changes to Symbian phones, such as more home screens (six instead of three), improved status bar, new applications (Lync, Sharepoint, OneNote, Exchange ActiveSync and PowerPoint Broadcaster), visual multitasking and more.
It is also worth mentioning that once updated to Nokia Belle, these smartphones will be able to use the Near-Field Communications (NFC) capability, which allows them to share pictures, make mobile payments and connect accessories with just a tap.