The successor to the popular Nokia E71, the E72, has gone on sale for as little as £322 from a number of online retailers although the device is only due for release by the end of the November.
Nokia's online shop has it for sale for £359 while Play sells the device for £330 and Handtec goes as low as £322. Furthermore, Vodafone already has the phone on Pre-order and says that it will be available by the end of the October.
Announced in June, the E72 (which is not to be confused with the Windows Mobile based BenQ E72) is a significant improvement on the E71, which has proved to be a major hit for those looking for a cheap smartphone with a proper QWERTY keyboard.
It comes with a 2.4-inch display that can show 320x240 pixel and is built on a 3rd Generation S60 Platform. Nokia has upped the camera resolution which now boosts a five million pixels count plus it has replaced the 2.5mm headset port with a 3.5mm one.
Other features include a 10.2mbps HSDPA connection, a 4GB microSD card, A-GPS, active noise cancellation, Nokia Maps, Quickoffice with Office 2007 compatibility, support for Microsoft Mail for Exchange and IBM Lotus Notes Traveler and Built in mobile VPN.
The old E71 costs as little as £234 which means that the E72 carries a £100 premium over its predecessor. Alternatively, the E71 can still be purchased for as little as £18 per month from E2Save on Three with 500 minutes or texts.
The E71 that I have had the chance to use for some times now has been a pleasure to live with. There were some issues though, the phone would froze randomly from time to time and I particularly disliked the earphones because they wouldn't fit into my ears.