Nokia 311 shows up with new operating system

Finns still plugging away at own platforms

It looks like Nokia is still banging the drum for its S40 mobile platform, as photos of a new handset and user interface have appeared.

The Nokia 311 is set to run the most used mobile phone OS in the world, which appears on hundreds of millions of mid-range Nokia feature phones.

Obviously not content with sticking solely with its Windows Phone venture, the leaked images of the slightly chunky 311 are accompanied by a cartoon style instruction manual for Nokia's new, full-touch version of its S40 user interface.

Nokia 311 LEAK

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MeeGo-esque interface

The simple illustrations in the manual show a home screen and app tray which hark back to the ill-fated MeeGo platform, which only really managed to make it on the Nokia N9 before being confined to the mobile graveyard.

Nokia S40 full touch LEAK

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We also see references of pinch to zoom multi-touch gestures and a pull down notifications bar, a la Android.

Nokia S40 full touch LEAK

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The Nokia 311 is likely to appear at the budget end of the market, with reports suggesting it will sport a 3.2MP camera, and it will need to carry a rock-bottom price tag if it wants to tempt users away from the well-known smartphone systems.

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From MyNokiaBlog phone images | S40 images