Enterprise Mobility: Nokia E6, X7 Smartphones Feature Symbian 'Anna' OS

 
 
By Michelle Maisto  |  Posted 2011-04-13
 
 
 

Nokia X7

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.

Nokia X7

4-Inch Display

The X7 is Nokia's first smartphone with a 4-inch touch display. It comes with an 8GB memory card—though support for a 32GB card—WiFi support, free walking and driving navigation, and two HD video games installed. Nokia has kept quiet, however, about the details of its processor.

4-Inch Display

Camera

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.

Camera

Nokia E6

The Nokia E6, also scheduled for a second-quarter debut, is priced at about $492.

Nokia E6

Anna OS

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.

Anna OS

Sizing Up

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.

Sizing Up

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.

Nokia CEO Stephen Elop

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.

Elop and Steve Ballmer

Concept Nokia Windows Phones

Nokia offered some examples of concept Nokia smartphones running the Microsoft OS.

Concept Nokia Windows Phones

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