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Nokia E7  (Source: Nokia)

Nokia C7

Nokia C6-01
Symbian is, and will remain, most popular mobile OS for foreseeable future

Despite some recent shakeups at the the very top of Nokia's executive level, the Finnish telecom company has unveiled three more Symbian^3 devices on its official blog to join the N8.

First up, the Nokia E7, a touchscreen with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard that is "billed as the ultimate business smartphone" according to Nokia. The E7 sports a 4" touchscreen with Nokia's own ClearBlack technology for improved outdoor performance. It also boasts an 8 MP "snapper," as Nokia calls it, with 720p video support and 16 GB of onboard memory. It comes with HDMI-out and Dolby Digital Surround Sound support.

On the business side, the E7 will support Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, along with "business grade device lock and wipe functionality, secure intranet access and remote device management." In addition to Exchange, the device will also pack Microsoft Communicator Mobile and Microsoft Share Point Server, with free onboard turn-by-turn navigation thanks to Nokia's Ovi Maps.

Impressively, the E7 measures in at a svelte 13.6 mm thick, thinner than even the keyboard-less EVO 4G and only 4 mm thicker than the iPhone 4.

The E7 will come in five colors and will be available in Q4 of this year for a full-retail price of $495 EUR (about $640 USD).

Next up is the first of two new C-series phones, the C7. The C7 will boast a 3.5" AMOLED touchscreen, 8-MP camera with 720p support, 8 GB of onboard memory (plus 32 GB expandable microSD), and free navigation. The C7 measures in at a mere 10.5 mm thick. It will be available before year's end in three colors for a full-retail price of $335 EUR (approximately $430 USD).

Finally, the C6-01 is almost identical in specs to the C7, but slightly more compact with a 3.2" AMOLED display. It, like the E7, will also integrate Nokia's ClearBlack technology for improved outdoor visibility. The C6-01, launching before the end of the year as well, will come in silver and black, and will run $260 EUR ($335 USD).

With the new devices, Nokia will have four Symbian^3 devices on the market before the end of 2010. And while the N8 is the last N-series device to support Symbian, and despite Nokia's struggles in the smartphone market, Symbian is expected to remain among the top two dominant mobile operating systems at least through 2014, PCMag reports. As recently as last month, Symbian claimed to sell 50 percent more devices per day than Android.

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What about apps and stuff like that?
By supermitsuba on 9/14/2010 9:38:27 AM , Rating: 2
I think the biggest draw to smartphones are that people now can download new programs and functionality. Anyone know what Nokia is doing to develop on their platform, or is it not going to have an app store?

Phones look nice, but what about apps? So that i dont have to get a new phone with some software functionality, when i can just get an app to download.

By RdBiker on 9/14/2010 9:50:20 AM , Rating: 2
Nokia has its Ovi store but it's still quite small. Even though I don't need thousands of apps on my phone a little more than the bare essentials could be a welcome plus. I've downloaded about 10-15 apps on my N95.

IMO they've come a long way in the past year and hopefully their new CEO focuses on getting more devs to add apps to the store. App-wise the future MeeGo platform seems promising since Intel are also betting so heavily on it.

RE: What about apps and stuff like that?
By Ptosio on 9/14/2010 10:14:14 AM , Rating: 2
Wait, so you're basically claiming that there are no apps for Symbian?:O

By supermitsuba on 9/14/2010 10:33:51 AM , Rating: 2
No, I really don't know. but now i do.

By robinthakur on 9/15/2010 7:53:07 AM , Rating: 2
Well he could be forgiven for not knowing. Back when I actually owned a Nokia N70 (Before the iPhone came out) getting apps onto it was hit and miss and depended which way the wind was blowing etc.

They now have the 'Ovi' store, being named after being the Finnish word for a type of Otter. How its not a massive success story I do not know...Nokia suffers from fragmentation across its various OS's which manage to kneecap its app store offerings for the forseeable future until they drop everything apart from the Meego thing.

As it currently stands just like every recent Nokia effort, its attempting to emulate Apple's success whilst haemorrhaging money, not to mention developer and user goodwill.

N8 looks promising
By RdBiker on 9/14/2010 9:42:04 AM , Rating: 2
The new N8 looks promising to me especially if it sells at the suggested MSRP of 370 eur + taxes. The specs and the price look really good so hopefully Nokia have done a good job with the interface.

I might upgrade my N95 that I bought used a few years back. The OS (symbian S60) is starting to feel ancient compared to Maemo, Android and the iOS. Still, I don't see why the new Symbian^3 couldn't bring the N8 to the same level software wise as the iPhone and top Android models.
I don't understand all the hate towards Symbian. Some people seem to think that Nokia absolutely has to ditch Symbian to survive but I've never heard what's wrong with the core of the OS. It seems to me like saying Microsoft would've had to dump Windows when they stumbled with Vista. The current Symbian versions are sluggish and have other usability problems but nothing so dire that an overhaul of the interface couldn't solve (what Nokia hopefully has done).

By saarek on 9/14/2010 9:53:13 AM , Rating: 2
Nokia has released some dog ugly phones recently, but these.... these have taste.

Although I won't be dumping my iPhone for one of these I can at least see the appeal, well done Nokia functional, fully featured and good looking!

By lolmuly on 9/14/2010 10:18:24 AM , Rating: 2
still not totally impressed with any of the phones currently on the market, I'll stick with my razr until I can get an android phone with usb host support (preferably with a usb type A port), and multiple chips so I can switch between carriers at will.

Cool stuff
By Funky Santa Clause on 9/14/2010 11:59:11 AM , Rating: 1
How Steve is gona fight back, maybe throw back some smuggled stars..=)

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