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Nokia Announces X7 Smartphone

Nokia has unveiled its latest smartphone, the X7, which surfaced on the internet in November last year when it was snapped running Need for Speed.

The handset has a rather strange design with the four corners clipped. It comes with an AMOLED touchscreen display, which at 4 inches, is the biggest Nokia screen we've seen since the N8x0 series internet tablets.

However, while covering it with Gorilla glass is welcomed, the fact that it still sticks to a resolution of 640x360 pixels is laughable; that's a pixel density of 183ppi which is roughly equivalent to the first wave of Android handsets, the HTC Magic, Hero and Dream.

In comparison, the iPhone 4 crams two and a half times more pixels on a screen diagonal half an inch smaller; so we don't agree with Noknok, that the resolution is "perfect for watching movies or playing games".

The rest of the configuration as well makes us yearn for more. For a start, it has 256MB RAM, 350MB internal memory with an 8GB microSD card supplied and unsurprisingly still runs on an antiquated Broadcom BCM2727 system on chip that's clocked at 680MHz - the same as the N8. That chip was released back in October 2007 and will be four years old soon.

Other notable aspects include the fact that it runs on the updated Symbian^3 PR2.0, also known as Anna, which promises to introduce more than 50 new features, as well as a great portrait QWERTY keyboard.

One area where Nokia is likely to outperform the competition is photography. The handset comes with an eight-megapixel camera with full-focus EDoF, Carl-Zeiss optics and HD video support at 25fps.

Nokia says that the X7 will go on sale by the end of the current quarter and is expected to cost around 380 Euros (335 pounds) before taxes which would place it just under the HTC Desire S and well above the Samsung Galaxy S.

Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.