Nokia X7 With Symbian ‘Anna’ Announced

Along with the Nokia E6, the Finnish giant also announced the Nokia X7.

The Nokia X7 is an entertainment oriented device, and packs a 4-inch AMOLED display with nHD(360×640) resolution.

The X7 shares the same internals as its other Symbian brothers, the N8 and the E7. It is powered by an ARM 11 680MHz processor and a Broadcom GPU. The handset also packs 256MB of RAM, and the microSD slot supports cards of up to 32GB.

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The back of the X7 sports an 8MP full-focus (thankfully!) camera with dual-LED flash. The handset is also capable of playing back and recording videos in 720p HD resolution.

Other key specs of the handset include Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, Pentaband 2G/3G support and   free Ovi Maps walk and drive navigation. The X7 has an in-built 1200mAh battery, which is capable of providing a continuous talk-time of 4.5hours on 3G.

The Nokia X7 will launch with Symbian Anna’ pre-loaded. The new version of Symbian will bring with it new icons, a new version of Ovi Maps, a new improved web browser and a new portrait QWERTY keyboard.

The X7 will be available in selected countries by Q2 of 2011, for €380 before subsidies and taxes.

Nokia ‘Business In Hand’ E6 Announced

Nokia has just announced their next compact QWERTY phone, oriented towards business users the Nokia E6.

The Nokia E6 is the successor of the highly popular Nokia E72, and features a 2.46-inch touch-screen display with VGA (640×480) resolution. The screen of the handset is protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass.

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The internals of the E6 is similar to other touchscreen based Symbian phones out there the Nokia N8, C6 and the E7. The handset is powered by a ARM11 processor running at 680MHz, while a graphics chip from Broadcom handles the graphics department. It also packs 256MB of RAM, and 8GB of internal memory along with a microSD card slot.

The usual Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS with A-GPS, and USB On-The-Go are also present. The back of the E6 sports a disappointing 8MP EDoF camera with dual-LED flash. The camera is also capable of recording videos in 720p HD resolution.

For business users, the Nokia E6 features hardware accelerated device encryption, Cisco SSL VPN support, support for Mail for Exchange with enforced encryption and remote lock and wipe etc. The E6 is powered by a beefy 1500mAh battery, and according to Nokia is capable of providing a stand-by time of more than a month on 3G or 7.5hours of continuous talk-time (3G).

The Nokia E6 is expected to hit the stores sometime in Q2 of 2011 for approximately €340, before taxes and subsidies.

Nokia E6-00 Images And Video In Action Leaks!

The Nokia E series have always been about phones sporting a full-row QWERTY keyboard in a candy-bar form factor.

While the Nokia E71 and the E63 were runaway success, the Nokia E72 was a mediocre hit. Now, pictures of the next E series handset has leaked on the Internet the E6-00.  One guy over at Nokiotecha Forums managed to get his hands on the E6-00, and took it for a test drive.

The Nokia E6-00 sports a 2.6-inch touch-screen display with VGA (640×480) resolution. The back of the handset sports an 8MP EDoF camera with dual-LED flash, while there is front-facing VGA camera in the front. The camera at the back is capable of shooting 720p HD videos as well.

The handset seems to be running a modified version of Symbian^3 OS, which will be adapted for the 4:3 aspect ratio.

Below is a video of the E6-00 in action :

More pictures and video of the handset in action, along with some camera samples can be found here.

Opera Mini 6 and Opera Mobile 11 Released for Java, Symbian, Android, BlackBerry, Windows 7 and Meego

Is today a big day, or what! Amazon’s Android App Store will be released today. The much-delayed Firefox 4 is also slated to officially arrive soon. And now, Opera Software has made what is possibly the biggest product launch in its history. Opera Mini 6 and Opera Mobile 11 have been released for as many as six different platforms. Here’s a quick summary of the new stuff from the Norwegian browser vendor:

  • Opera Mini 6 for Java
  • Opera Mini 6 for Android
  • Opera Mini 6 for Symbian
  • Opera Mini 6 for legacy Symbian (S60 v2)
  • Opera Mini 6 for Blackberry
  • Opera Mobile 11 for Android
  • Opera Mobile 11 for Symbian
  • Opera Mobile 11 for Windows 7 (tablets and touch-screen devices)
  • Opera Mobile 11 for Meego

While Opera might be the little guy in the desktop segment, it is the king of mobile browsers. It already has more than 100 million users worldwide, and the number just keeps on increasing. Opera Mobile is Opera Software’s full-fledged mobile browser, which uses the same rendering engine (Presto) as Opera for desktop, and brings a desktop-like browsing experience to mobile devices. Opera Mini was originally developed for budget phones, which didn’t meet the hardware and software requirements of Opera Mobile. In Opera Mini, the webpage is routed through Opera’s servers, where all the rendering is done, and a static and highly compressed representation of the page is sent to the browser.

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There are quite a few exciting improvements in both the products. The first thing that will catch your attention is the new skin. The bright shades of red, which have been a part of Opera’s mobile offerings for a long long time, have been replaced by a sleek black gradient.

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Also new is the “Share” option, which enable you to quickly share a link through Twitter, Facebook and other social networks. The lack of sharing options was one of my major grievances with Opera Mobile 10 for Android, and I am glad that Opera Software has rectified this rather quickly.

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Unsurprisingly, Opera’s mobile offerings are now optimized for high-resolution devices like tablets. This bit was already demoed at SXSW and MWC, and now you can try it yourself. Scrolling, panning, and zooming should be a lot smoother than before, and pinch-to-zoom support is included in all devices that are capable of supporting it.

All versions of Opera Mini and Opera Mobile can be downloaded directly on your mobile phone from m.opera.com.

Nokia Astound Hands-On Pics

Nokia recently announced the Symbian^3 powered Nokia Astound smartphone. This handset is basically the Nokia C7 with T-Mobile branding. Nokia Astound has the the same 3.5 inch AMOLED display, 680MHz ARM11 processor, 8 megapixel camera, Bluetooth 3.0, 32GB expandable memory and so on. This handset will be available from April 6th for $79.99 with a two-years service agreement. Until then, check out our exclusive hands-on pics of the Nokia Astound, after the break.

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Nokia Announces The Symbian Powered Astound For T-Mobile USA

Nokia recently announced the Symbian powered Nokia Astound smartphone. This handset will be exclusively available on the airwaves of T-Mobile. Nokia Astound is basically the Nokia C7 with T-Mobile branding. This handset comes with a 3.5 inch AMOLED display, 8 megapixel camera with HD (720p) video recording, front facing VGA camera for video calling, 32 GB expandable memory and more. This handset allows you to access thousands of free and paid apps from the Nokia’s Ovi Store.

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“As millions more consumers make the switch to smartphones, Nokia is proud to offer an alternative that is not only easy and fun to use, but is also very sexy and sleek, unlike anything in its price point,” said Mark Slater, vice president of sales, Nokia. “With a user experience rounded out by Nokia’s Ovi services, including Maps and Store, consumers will be delighted to discover Nokia’s premium design quality with no compromises on services and apps, made affordable with T-Mobile.”

Nokia C7 comes with aa 3.5 inch AMOLED touchscreen display with 360 × 640 pixels resolution, 680MHz ARM11 processor, Symbian^3 operating system, Wi-Fi, microUSB 2.0, Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP, 3G connectivity, 8 megapixel camera with dual-LED flash with HD (720p) video recording, 3.5 mm audio jack, Stereo FM radio, A-GPS, 256MB RAM, 1GB ROM, 8GB internal memory, microSD card slot, 32GB expandable memory, up to 27 days stand-by time, up to 9.5 hours talk time and 1200 mAh battery.

The Nokia Astound comes pre-loaded with for the entire U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. This handset also provides free voice-guided, turn-by-turn navigation in more than 100 countries. Nokia Astound will be available for purchase from April 6th. This handset comes with a price tag of $79.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate card with a two-year service agreement.

Nokia E7 Launched In India For Rs 29,999

Today, Nokia released the next generation business communicator the E7 in India, within a few days of its global launch. The Nokia E7 sports a huge 4-inch ClearBlack Display with nHD (360×640) resolution.

The E7 also features a spacious four-row slide-out QWERTY keyboard. The handset is powered by an ARM11 680Mhz processor and packs 256MB of RAM. The back of the handset sports an 8MP EDoF camera with dual-LED flash, while there is a VGA cam up front for all your video calling needs.

The E7 also has 16GB of internal memory, and supports USB On-The-Go as well. Sadly, the E7 has an inbuilt battery like the iPhone and the N8.

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The E7 also suffices the needs of business users with support for Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, Mail for Exchange and VPN support. Nokia has also tied-up with Vodafone to offer 2GB of free data usage to all E7 owners for six months. The offer is valid for all Vodafone 2G and 3G users.

The Nokia E7 will be available across all Nokia Priority dealers effective immediately, with a best buy price of Rs 29,999.

Nokia E7 PR 1.1 (V14.002) Firmware Update Released

Nokia has just released a new firmware update for the recently released business communicator Nokia E7.

The PR 1.1 (v14.002) software update for the E7 is a minor update and does not bring any noticeable improvements or changes. The update mainly improves the performance and stability of the handset, along with fixing some minor bugs.

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Nokia E7 owners will be automatically prompted by their handset to download and install the update. However, users can manually check for the firmware update by using the SW Update’ application in the phone. The update will be slowly rolled out by Nokia in different regions of the world, so users need to be patient before the update hits their phone.

Hopefully, Nokia will release the highly anticipated PR 2.0 software update for all the latest Symbian^3 based devices including the N8 and E7. The PR 2.0 firmware update is expected to address the major shortcomings of the Symbian OS and includes a new web-browser and a text input system, as well.

Via AllAboutSymbian

Nokia C7 PR 2.0 Firmware Leaks; Brings Lots Of Changes

Nokia has promised that the company will release firmware updates for all the latest Symbian^3 handsets including the Nokia N8, C7 and C6-01, which will address the major shortcomings with the Symbian UI.

Up until now, Nokia has released the PR 1.1 firmware update for all the above said handsets that hardly brought any visible changes to the end-user. However, it is the next update i.e. PR 2.0 that will bring a lot of changes with it including a new web browser and a new text-input system. The PR 2.0 update will also bring a new portrait QWERTY keyboard to the latest Symbian handsets from the Finnish giant.

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Now, NitishKumar has managed to get his hands on the upcoming PR 2.0 firmware update for the Nokia C7. He managed to download the firmware through NaviFirm, which lists all the firmware Nokia is going to release or have already released to the public.

Some C7 owners over at DailyMobile.se forums have flashed the leaked PR 2.0 firmware on their handset. These users reported that the performance of the handset has improved considerably and Nokia has also enabled NFC with this firmware update. There is now an NFC settings option in the Settings Menu of the phone.

The Java version and the inbuilt web-browser have also been updated. The Kinetic scrolling and the home screen transitions are also smoother compared to PR 1.1 firmware. The new text-input system along with a new portrait QWERTY keyboard is also present.

The leaked firmware also installs many games on the handset including Fruit Ninja. Apparently, the battery life and the speaker sound quality also improved after flashing the PR 2.0 firmware.

In all probability, the PR 2.0 firmware update must be under final stages of testing for all the latest Symbian based handsets, and will be released within a couple of weeks from Nokia.

Life Without An Android Smartphone

Last July, I purchased my first ever Android phone the Galaxy S. Since then, I have shifted from one Android phone to another after every few months. My Android based smartphone had become a very integral part of my life. I need it for tweeting and checking mails on the move, trying out new apps etc.

I never thought how my life would be without my Android phone. Then one fine morning the microphone on my Desire Z stopped working. I had to give it to the service center for a replacement. HTC promised me that I will get a replacement phone within a week, but it was only after 15 days and tons of phone calls that I got a replacement phone.

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Nevertheless, when I gave my Desire Z to the service center, I was totally devastated! I had no idea how I was going to spend the upcoming days without my beloved Android handset. Since I did not have any spare Android handset with me, I had to use a Nokia 6681 for the time being. I had all my contacts backed up to Google Contacts, and the 6681 had no option of syncing with it. The only option I was left was with, was to save some important numbers in the phonebook of the handset.

For the next week, what I went through without my beloved Zee phone was nothing short of torture. More than the phone’ itself, I was missing apps like Remote For iTunes, TweetDeck, My Tracks, Google Maps and RunKeeper which I use on a day-to-day basis. The thing I missed the most? Push email and calendar entries reminder!

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The basic and the most important feature of a phone, the calling part, was something which I did not miss at all. The Nokia 6681 was as good as the Z in network reception and the call quality was above average as well. I do understand that the Nokia 6681 is a smartphone’ in its own right, and I could have simply pimped the phone to make my life a little less miserable.

However, after using phones with speedy 1 GHz processor and tons of RAM, the 6681 felt downright slow! I felt pity on the poor soul, and decided against pimping it for my needs.

All this just proves that with time we, the users, have started expecting much more from our smartphones, than just fulfilling our basic telephony and messaging needs. We need a small device in our hands that can help us find our way through unknown roads, let us know what our friends are having for breakfast, make our day-to-day life much better, and in the end help us to connect to our near and dear ones via phone calls and SMS’s.