We knew that Nokia had something big up its sleeve for today, and now all of the company's plans have been laid bare. First up we've got the Nokia E6, a business-centric Symbian handset with both a hardware QWERTY keyboard and a touchscreen as well as a 2.46-inch 640x480 LCD display. Other features of the E6 include an 8 megapixel camera with dual LED flash and HD video capture, front-facing VGA cam, 256MB RAM, 1GB ROM, 8GB of storage, and Symbian Anna, the new version of Symbian that we'll go into more detail on below. Nokia also made the X7 official for Three UK.
Along with two new handsets, Nokia gave us some official info on Symbian Anna, a fresh version of the OS that we saw leak last weekend. Anna's packing a boatload of new features, including improved hom screen scrolling, new icons, a shiny new broswer, a refreshed version of Ovi Maps, and a portrait virtual QWERTY keyboard. Nokia says that the N8, E7, C7, and C6-01 will all be updated to Anna in the "coming months." You can check out brief clips of both the E6 and Anna below.
Nokia's E6 looks like a good handset for folks looking to upgrade from one of their older E-series devices, like the E72 or E73, especially with its combo high-res touchscreen and physical QWERTY keyboard. There's no word on when we can expect the E6 to be made available for us here in the U.S., but we'll keep our ears to the ground. So, what do you all make of the E6 and Symbian Anna?
Nokia strengthens smartphone portfolio with two new products and a renewed user experience
Nokia E6 extends business mobility range and Nokia X7 introduces a new entertainment device for mobile gamers, both using the latest update of Symbian software
Espoo, Finland – Nokia today announced the Nokia E6 and the Nokia X7, two new smartphones aimed at business people and entertainment enthusiasts respectively. The two devices are the first Nokia smartphones to contain the updated Symbian software, with new icons and usability enhancements such as improved text input, a faster browser and refreshed Ovi Maps.
"We are further strengthening Nokia's smartphone portfolio with these two new devices, both of which offer a more beautiful and intuitive user experience that will soon also be available for the Nokia N8, Nokia E7, Nokia C7 and Nokia C6-01," said Jo Harlow, head of Nokia's Smart Devices business. "With these new products and more Symbian devices and user enhancements coming in the near future, we are confident we can keep existing Nokia smartphone customers engaged, as well as attract new first-time and competitor smartphone users."
Following on from Nokia's highly successful Nokia E71 and Nokia E72 devices, the Nokia E6 is a sleek business smartphone with a full QWERTY keypad and a high resolution touch display. Designed using premium materials such as glass and stainless steel, the device comes in a compact size that makes it easy to use with either one hand or two. The Nokia E6 offers exceptional battery life and the best out-of-the-box Microsoft messaging experience on a business smartphone, including access to Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft Communicator Mobile and Microsoft SharePoint.
The Nokia X7 is an entertainment-focused smartphone with a large 4" display ideal for gaming, and an 8 Megapixel camera for capturing pictures and HD-quality video. A distinctively designed device, the Nokia X7 is made from a combination of seamless stainless steel and glass – delivering a solid and durable feel in the hand. The Nokia X7 comes preloaded with the popular Galaxy on Fire and Asphalt 5 HD games.
The Nokia E6 and Nokia X7 are also the first smartphones to contain the complete update of the Symbian software user experience. This update offers a host of usability enhancements, including fresh, new icons, improved text input, a faster internet browsing experience and a refreshed Ovi Maps application with improved search and new public transport routes. The renewed software also offers a strong set of new features aimed at business users in particular, including true enterprise grade security with hardware accelerated encryption, and new e-mail features such as full meeting request support.
In coming months the software update, which is nick-named Symbian Anna, will also be available as standard on newly shipping Nokia N8, Nokia E7, Nokia C7 and Nokia C6-01 devices, as well as available to download on previously purchased models of those same smartphones.
For developers, Symbian Anna greatly enhances the user experience on Nokia smartphones and makes the Qt business opportunity with Nokia even greater. Read more at: http://blogs.forum.nokia.com/blog/nokia-developer-news/
For more details on the Nokia X7 and Nokia E6, please visit: http://events.nokia.com/discover-symbian