Nokia World kicked off in London today. With the enormous management shake-up in just two working days, we are expecting nothing less than pivotal announcements from Nokia how it will turn the ship around. The next Eseries business phone, as well as the Nokia C7 were almost a certain to be revealed, and Nokia didn't disappoint in that respect. We are waiting more interesting tidbits as the event unwinds, but for now let's recap the new members of the Eseries and Cseries that Nokia unwrapped in the keynote.
Pictures and video can be edited directly on the phone, and shown on a bigger screen via the HDMI-out port. The Nokia E7 is made of "premium materials" (aluminum casing, we'd guess), thus ensuring a thin and light, but durable handset. Dolby Digital Plus Surround Sound is present, which will certainly come handy in a conference call.
The E7 business acumen is taken care of with a complete security package that includes remote lock&wipe, and secure intranet access on Microsoft SharePoint Server. QuickOffice, Bloomberg and Vlingo come preinstalled on the Nokia E7. It will be available in Q4 this year in Dark Grey, Silver White, Green, Blue and Orange at around 495 euros ($638) unlocked.
The other handset that was announced is the Nokia C7. This one looks like a lower spec'd version of the Nokia N8. 3.5" AMOLED screen with Nokia's favorite nHD resolution, an 8MP camera and dual-LED flash, plus 8GB of onboard memory come standard.
The C7 handset boasts "extensive use of metal", and 720p HD video recording. "Tactile feedback on a touch display" might mean the technology Nokia was developing for years, which is similar to what the BlackBerry Storm is offering. However, it might just mean haptic feedback, we are curious about this one. The Nokia C7 will be out in Q4 in Charcoal Black, Frosty Metal and Mahogany Brown, for which you will pay about 335 euros ($432).
If you have bought a Nokia C6 already, you might be surprised to hear that Nokia outs a C6-01, which looks like a completely different animal. It disposes of the QWERTY keyboard, bumps the camera resolution up from 5MP to 8MP with dual flash, and the screen technology to capacitive AMOLED, plus it looks way cooler than the Nokia C6.
On top of that, the handset comes with the newer Symbian^3, rather than the Symbian S60 v5 on the original C6. Nokia is also sporting something named ClearBlack display for improved outdoor visibility in the C6-01, which is not listed on the others. The handset will come in Q4, with Silver Gray and Black casings and is the cheapest of the bunch at 260 euros ($335) without carrier subsidies.
All of the handsets above are running Symbian^3, which means they will sport USB-on-the-go for transferring files between your thumb drive and you will be getting rid of the more annoying details of the Symbian^1 UI. The phones feature Nokia's free voice navigation in 78 countries, and Ovi Maps just got updated with location check-in capabilites for Facebook straight from the appplication as well as real time traffic updates and public transport routing in 85 major world cities. All in all, Nokia revamped its smartphone portfolio with updated UI, 8MP cameras, and capacitive touchscreens. Will this be enough to hold the fort until Symbian^4 and MeeGo hit its devices, remains to be seen.
Nokia E7 Specifications
Nokia C7 Specifications
Nokia C6-01 Specifications