Nokia Intros The C7 Smartphone

Nokia has announced the launch of the C7 smartphone, a mainstream handset which can be pre-ordered from the Finnish giant from as little as £389 SIM Free.

The C7, available either in grey or black, can be purchased online from the 25th of October, one week before the general UK release.

Users can get the C7 for £25 per month from T-Mobile on a two-year contract and it includes 600 minutes, 500 texts and 1GB mobile internet; Vodafone is the only other mobile network operator offering the handset.

Virgin Mobile, O2 and Vodafone have also confirme4d that they will stock the phone; oddly enough, both Orange and Tesco Mobile have not been named.

The C7 comes with a 3.5-inch AMOLED nHD touchscreen display, a 8-megapixel camera with HD recording features and the usual set of application found on Nokia's mainstream handsets.

Like the N8, it comes with the Symbian^3 operating system, 8GB internal memory and, we suspect, is powered by an ARM11 processor.

Not surprisingly, it will compete directly against the N8 even if they are pitched at different audiences with the latter already selling for as little as £330 and costing £25 per month on PAYG.

Sami Lehtinen, general manager at Nokia UK, said: "The Nokia C7 combines beautiful design with loads of great apps and powerful media tools, it really brings social networking to life at the touch of a button."