Nokia Announces Three New Symbian^3 Phones: C6, C7, E7
Nokia World 2010 just wrapped up, and Nokia’s got some new models to show for it: the C6, C7, and E7. Here’s the rundown on each.
Let’s start with (what I consider to be) the most appealing: the E7.
Essentially a N8 with a slide-out keyboard and a slant towards the business side of things, the Nokia E7 starts out with a generously-sized 4-inch AMOLED capacitive touch-screen. There’s Mail for Exchange, loads of security options, an 8 megapixel camera with dual-LED flash and 720p video recording, Bluetooth 3.0, GSM/WCDMA connectivity for practically every band, and a very decent talk time (9 hours GSM) even with a 1200 mAh battery. It sounds like the E7′s got everything going for it.
Expect the E7 to retail for 495 euros (~$643 USD) unsubsidized.
The C7′s a roundish sort of smartphone that features lots of metal, glass, and round edges. Functionally, it’s almost the same as the E7 – expect the same camera, connectivity, and battery life – just a little smaller (3.5 inch AMOLED display), with a little less memory (8 GB) in a candy-bar (not slider) package.
Expect the C7 to retail for 335 euros (~$435 USD).
Smaller and cheaper than the rest of the bunch, the C6 is aimed at the budget-conscious social networking crowd. It’s nice to see that it still retains the high-powered 8 megapixel camera, WLAN, and AMOLED capacitive touch-screen. The C6 also manages to improve on the battery life, churning out 11.5 hours of talk time on GSM.
Expect the C6 to retail for 260 euros (~$338 USD).
All three phones will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter of 2010.
I’m not completely sold on any of these devices, at least not yet. The hardware, I’m sure, will be Nokia-solid (especially the E7, which looks pretty damn slick in my opinion), but the software is questionable. It will almost completely depend on Symbian^3, an OS that brings a nice laundry list of improvements over the previous Fifth Edition but not the complete overhaul of the interface that I’d been hoping for. The success of these new phones will also depend on the Ovi app store, something that these days is a necessity, not a luxury, that smartphone consumers take for granted. Nokia’s app store is pretty sparse.
Finally, I was definitely hoping for some N9/MeeGo-related announcements at Nokia World 2010. Seeing none, I’m left wondering what the heck is going on. I guess it’s pretty clear that MeeGo isn’t coming until 2011, and that’s not good.