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Nokia launches X7 and E6, with some help from Anna

Jonathan Morris
April 12, 2011

Thought Symbian was dead? Not yet! Nokia has launched two new Symbian handsets; the X7 and E6, and given the OS a new look with a software update called ‘Anna’. Confused? Then read on.

The Nokia X7 has a 4-inch, 360×640 pixel, Corning Gorilla Glass display to keep the screen protected and scratch-free. It ships with the new version of the operating system (see below) that brings users an improved home screen, new typeface, icons and other improvements to the web browser and on-screen keyboard – including a portrait QWERTY keyboard.

The X7 has an 8-megapixel EDoF (Enhanced Depth of Field) camera with dual-LED flash and 720p HD video recording. It will ship with an 8GB memory card. It also has Penta-band 2G/3G transceiver for the best possible worldwide phone compatibility. It measures 119.7×62.8×11.9mm and weighs 146g.

The Nokia E6 is the more serious of the two, constructed from premium materials like glass and stainless steel. It introduces a stunning high-resolution display that is four times higher than its earlier QWERTY-keyboard models. The 640×480 pixel (VGA) display, with 16.8 million colours, offers an amazing level of detail from a screen that measures just under 2.5-inches!

It boasts exceptional battery life too, with Nokia quoting the standby time as being up to a month! If that’s not enough to give reassurance to business users, the E6 also has Microsoft messaging support, with access to Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft Communicator Mobile and Microsoft SharePoint.

The other specifications include an 8-megapixel EDoF camera with dual-LED flash and HD video recording (720p, 25fps), Bluetooth V3, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n and Penta-band 2G/3G support for coverage almost everywhere on the planet.

The E6 comes bundled with QuickOffice, World Traveller, JoikuSpot Premium and F-Secure Mobile Security.

Symbian Anna

Nokia has also announced a new software release for Symbian smartphones, which will ship on the E7 and X7 before shipping as a software update in the coming months for the N8, E7 and other Symbian devices released during 2010.

The new Symbian update, nicknamed ‘Symbian Anna’, introduces Nokia’s new typeface and revised icons, a wealth of usability improvements, all-new web browser, portrait QWERTY keyboard, enhanced security and many other features aimed at business users in particular.

See the video below to see some of the new features and changes.

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXIQSpxnHxI

The X7 and E6 are each due to be released in Q2.

www.nokia.com

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