Quick peek at Nokia phones on the horizon


  • TECH
  • Tuesday, 21 Sep 2010

LONDON: Spearheading Nokia’s fightback to regain the spotlight in the smartphone race are four models — the previously announced but not yet available N8, the E7 Communicator, C6 and C7.

The N8 was billed by company executives at Nokia World here as the “ultimate entertainment smartphone and the world’s best camera phone.”

Nokia said the phone has received the highest-ever demand for online pre-orders, suggesting that the company may have a hit on its hands.

The phone is due to be available in selected markets next month and in Malaysia before Dec 31.

It has a 12-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, autofocus and Xenon flash, 720p HD video recording, Dolby Digital Plus Surround Sound, HDMI connection, 3.5in capacitive multi-touch AMOLED screen (640 x 360-pixels), 16GB internal memory and a microSD card slot (up to 32GB card supported).

Nokia’s N8 also has an accelerometer and proximity sensor, WiFi, Bluetooth, A-GPS, Ovi Maps, digital compass, full Qwerty virtual keyboard and a dedicated social client for live updates from Facebook and Twitter.

E7

NOKIA took the audience at Nokia World down memory lane before announcing the E7, by showing clips of its Communicator 9000 being used in the 1997 movie The Saint.

Indeed a lot has changed since that seminal smartphone was launched in 1996. While the 9000 had a monochrome screen, the latest Communicator sports a large 4in AMOLED touchscreen display with Nokia’s latest Clear Black Display (CBD) technology for improved outdoor visibility.

The touchscreen can be tilted up to reveal a full Qwerty keyboard for faster and easier typing.

Touted as the ultimate business smartphone, the E7 comes with Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync that provides direct and secure access to corporate e-mail inboxes and other personal applications as well as those that allow users to view and edit Microsoft Office files.

For corporate peace of mind, a combination of business grade security solutions is available, Nokia said.

As expected from a premium class smartphone, there is also the usual host of entertainment and connectivity options thrown in. Examples include an 8-megapixel camera with 720p HD video recording, 16GB storage, A-GPS, Bluetooth 3.0 and WiFi.

The E7 will have an estimated retail price of 495 euros (about RM2,000), excluding taxes and subsidies.

C6

THIS is a candybar-style phone in a steel and glass design that is targeted at the mid-range market. It comes with a 3.2in AMOLED (640 x 360-pixels) display with full touch capabilities and Nokia’s CBD technology for improved outdoor visibility.

It is described as an ideal phone for heavy social network users as it features live feeds from popular social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter on the phone’s home screen itself.

On paper, the C6 is also a pretty decent device for taking photos and videos, as well as for mobile entertainment. It has an 8-megapixel camera, 720p HD video-recording capability, and 340MB of internal memory with up to 32GB of storage via MicroSD card (2GB card bundled).

In terms of connectivity, this model comes with WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0, Nokia AV connector and A-GPS for navigation. It is expected to cost 260 euros (about RM1,050), excluding taxes and subsidies.

C7

Here is a phone with the same features as the C6, such as an 8-megapixel camera with dual LED flash, 720p HD video-recording capability and WiFi. But the C7 comes in a more premium casing, with rounded edges and sporting a slightly bigger 3.5in AMOLED (640 x 360-pixels) display screen.

It has 8GB of internal storage with MicroSD support that is expandable to 32GB.

Expect to pay 335 euros (about RM1,340), excluding taxes and subsidies, for it.

The E7, C6 and C7 should be available in Malaysia before year end, according to Nokia. — KELLY GOH

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