Enterprise Mobility: Nokia E6, X7 Smartphones Feature Symbian 'Anna' OS
Slim and curvy, the architected Nokia X7 seems to aspire for a spot on the Manhattan skyline. Made of stainless steel and glass, it's available in "Dark Steel" or "Silver Steel," and measures 119.7 by 62.8 by 11.9 mm.
The X7 is Nokia's first smartphone with a 4-inch touch display. It comes with an 8GB memory cardthough support for a 32GB cardWiFi support, free walking and driving navigation, and two HD video games installed. Nokia has kept quiet, however, about the details of its processor.
The X7 also features an 8-megapixel camera with a third-generation dual-LED flash. Nokia priced it at about $550 and promised a second-quarter debut.
The Nokia E6, also scheduled for a second-quarter debut, is priced at about $492.
Also available in two shades, the E6 features a 2.46-inch LCD capacitive touch display, a full QWERTY keypad and, like the X7, the new Symbian Anna operating system, which includes a faster browser, refreshed Ovi Maps and enhanced text input. It can also act as a WiFi hotspot to other devices, as well as a data modem.
The E6 is nearly the same size as the Apple iPhone 4. But while the iPhone is 9.3 mm thick, the E6's rear-facing 8-megapixel camera sticks out a bit, putting its depth at 10.5 mm.
Nokia CEO Stephen Elop
In recent years, Nokia has steadily lost market share to Apple and Android-running smartphones. On Feb. 8, an internal memo from new Nokia CEO Stephen Elop to staff members was made public. In the memo, he warned that Nokia's survival depended on a "radical change" and some actions there were previously unimaginable.
Elop and Steve Ballmer
On Feb. 11, that radical change was made clear. At a London event, Elop, eventually joined on stage by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, announced that, while Nokia would continue to support Symbian for a time, Microsoft's Windows Phone OS would be its new priority. Elop joined Nokia in September, after stepping down as the president of Microsoft's Business Division.
Concept Nokia Windows Phones
Nokia offered some examples of concept Nokia smartphones running the Microsoft OS.