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Nokia unveils two new phones and a new OS

Finnish phone maker Nokia has announced the Nokia X7 and Qwerty keyboard based E6, along with an update to their Symbain^3 operating system – known as Anna.

Nokia’s E6 is aimed at the business world, where the X7 is being touted as more of an entertainment device than a corporate product – both of which will be the first to arrive with the updated code-named Symbian Anna platform.

The new OS from Nokia will also be made available to existing Finnish fones, with the N8, E7, C7 and C6-01 being able to experience the new icons, improved text input, faster browser and updated Ovi maps.

Nokia’s E6 builds on from the existing BlackBerry-esque E71 and E7 models. The handset arrives with 2.46-inch TFT LCD 640x480 touch screen; the first time a touch screen has appeared alongside a Nokia Qwerty business keyboard – discounting the X3-02 Touch & Type, which was a consumer mobile. The E6 boasts other corporate features that are now becoming standard to the ‘E’ series models, such as the Microsoft communicator mobile, with access to MS Exchange and Sharepoint servers, in addition to 8GB of internal storage.

The Nokia X7 falls into their X series of entertainment focussed devices, whilst taking elements from the N8 design and the E7 with its larger screen. Nokia’s X7 has the same 4-inch 16:9 nHD 640x360 AMOLED capacitive touch screen as the E7 handset, only without the ClearBlack display for improved outdoor visibility. There’s also an 8 megapixel camera on-board, with 8GB of storage whereas the flagship Nokia N8 has a 12MP variant and 16GB on-board although, the X7 comes preloaded with the Galaxy on Fire HD and Asphalt 5 HD games.

Nokia’s next Symbian update is due to arrive with a host of usability enhancements, such as split-screen viewing of messages, webpages and maps, along with a virtual portrait Qwerty keypad, faster page downloading whilst web surfing and new search and public transport routes inside of Ovi maps.

The Nokia E6 and X7 are due to ship sometime after between June, where only the Nokia X7 has been given an estimated retail price of 380 Euros or £338 at this point.

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Rob has worked in the affiliate industry for many years with large publishers, and previously worked as a journalist on titles such as Wired, PC Magazine, ITProPortal, The Register, The Inquirer, Pocket-Lint, Mobile Industry Review, Know Your Mobile and The Gadget Show.