Nokia launches E7 smartphone: Symbian still alive

Mix of business and consumer features in new Nokia E7

Nokia's E7 is the second smartphone after the N8 to ship Symbian^3

Nokia's E7 is the second smartphone after the N8 to ship Symbian^3

The recent publicity surrounding Nokia’s decision to adopt Windows Phone as its primary smartphone platform hasn't stopped the company from pushing ahead with its latest Symbian flagship device, the E7 which goes on sale in Australia this week.

The Nokia E7 is available today from retailers for $929 and will be on Optus and Vodafone in April.

The E7 is similar to the last Nokia smartphone, the N8, with the most notable difference being the addition of a slide-out QWERTY keyboard.

Its specs include a tilting four-inch touch screen AMOLED display, HDMI, micro USB, Bluetooth 3.0, 16GB of flash memory and an eight megapixel camera.

Running, Symbian^3, the E7 does what a lot of Android handsets do by integrating social network services and supports third-party apps through the Ovi app store. For developers Java and Qt are available.

Last month Nokia announced an alliance with Microsoft to ship Windows Phone OS as its primary smartphone platform. With the first handsets yet to be released, Nokia’s E7 continues the Symbian device roadmap.

The N97 and N97 Mini are the previous generation of Symbian handsets with hybrid touch screen and slide-out QWERTY keyboard.

Nokia is pitching the E7 as an ideal mix of business and pleasure with integrated Mail for Exchange, Quickoffice, VoIP support and a location-based theft control feature.

The ability to view PDF files with Adobe Reader is also a feature.

Nokia Australia managing director, Chris Carr said the smartphone is now the primary business device for many Australians, but business users – like all consumers – don’t just want functionality, they expect “flexibility, reliability and style”.

“Nokia has always believed in creating a range of handsets that meet specific needs of different consumers – for the business user, the Nokia E7 gives new meaning to the mobile office,” Carr said.

Like its other Symbian handsets the E7 ships with Ovi Maps for free.

The E7 is 123cm by 62cm and weighs 176 grams. Available colours are dark grey and silver white with blue and orange coming later this year.

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