MWC 2009: Nokia launches E55 and E75 smartphones and Ovi Store

Noah Kravitz
 from Oakland, CA
Published: February 15, 2009

Nokia just launched two smartphones and a bunch of services at their MWC 2009 press conference here in Barcelona.

As expected, Nokia took the wraps off of the E75 horizontal slider.  An S60 device, the E75 features a dialing keypad on the front and a slide-down full QWERTY thumboard.  The E75 will ship with Nokia Messaging pre-installed and also adopts the E71's Work/Home dual mode system for separating office and personal Email, calendars, and other data.  The device will ship next month for 365 Euros unsubsidized, and can be pre-ordered today online.


 

Nokia also launched the E55, a compact sibling to the popular E71 smartphone.  Also an S60 phone, the E55 sports a SureType-style compact QWERTY board and is thinner and lighter than the E71.  Nokia claims a full one month of standby time for the device, which will be available this summer for 265 Euros unsubsidized.

 

And then there's the Ovi Store, which is part of the "Hey, it's 2009, let's all launch app stores!" movement that's sweeping the land.  Not that that's a bad thing, mind you.