Nokia, the world’s largest phone maker by volume, unveiled on Tuesday two new smartphone models running on a new version of its Symbian software platform.The new models, the E6 and the X7, will go on sale for 340 euros ($491.6) and 380 euros respectively excluding subsidies and taxes, later this quarter.Both the E6 and the X7 are touch-enabled Symbian^3 handsets, but the X7 is a slate with a 4” touchscreen, while the E6 is a bar with a portrait QWERTY and 2.46” VGA touchscreen. Here’s what the Nokia E6 product manager had to say about the new phone.
The Nokia E6 combines glass and stainless steel in a sleek 115.5 x 59 10.5 mm body and has a taste for BlackBerry blood. It packs quad-band 2G and five-band 3G – a true globe trotter. 3G is enhanced with 10.2Mbps HSDPA and 2Mbps HSUPA.
The E6 also packs Wi-Fi b/g/n and Bluetooth 3.0 with JoikuSpot Premium preinstalled (app that turns the phone into a Wi-Fi hotspot). Nokia have also added enhanced encryption.The Nokia E6 has an 8MP fixed-focus camera with dual-LED flash capable of 720p HD video recording. Unfortunately, the cameras on both phones lack auto focus.The Nokia E6 has 8GB of memory built into the phone, expandable by microSD cards up to 32GB.The Nokia E6 also boasts impressive battery live – up to 28 days of standby and nearly 15 hours of talk time (2G numbers).
The Nokia X7 packs a 4” nHD AMOLED display with Gorilla Glass (doesn’t say its ClearBlack though) and has a stainless steel body. It comes with an 8GB microSD card pre-installed and a battery that’s good for up to 50 hours of music or 6 hours of video playback.
Both Nokias run the new Symbian Anna – that’s the Symbian^3 update we’ve been waiting for so long. It packs a split-screen keyboard allowing easier text input, an improved browser and enhanced security features too.