Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Nokia updates E-series

Nokia updated their E-series mobile phone series with three new models, the E65, E61i and nokia E90, all of which feature Nokia's Series 60 interface, based on the Symbian operating system.

According to Nokia, the new series is supposed to bring a "life-work balance" by offering mobile office applications for business users as well as being multimedia capable for entertainment.

The most conventionally designed of the three is the E65, which is a slim slider-style phone with a regular alphanumeric keypad.

On the hardware side, the E65 is quad-band with GSM/3G/EDGE/GPRS, comes with a 2-megapixel camera, Bluetooth, WiFi and a QVGA (240 x 320pixels) screen.

Included applications for business include document viewers and the ability to synchronise contacts and calendar events with your desktop PC.

For those who prefer a more Black berry type experience, the E61i, with its Qwerty style thumb keyboard would be it.

The E61i is sleeker and slimmer than its predecessor, and comes with almost the same features as the E65 (Bluetooth, WiFi, quadband, 3G/EDGE/GPRS and a 2-megapixel camera) except with a more e-mail-centric design and interface.

The most major revamp in the Nokia E-series range is the E90 Communicator, which is the successor to the venerable 9000-series Communicator phones.

The list of changes in the E90 over its predecessor is long. — the phone is quad-band but also comes with high-speed HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access) support in addition to regular 3G/EDGE/GPRS, WiFi, a 3.2-megapixel main camera with a real xenon flash, mobile office applications and a built-in GPS receiver with mapping software.

The E90 still shares the same basic flip-out design with a large built-in Qwerty keyboard as the phones it replaces, but now comes with a 240 x 320pixels external display and a huge 800 x 352pixels internal display for a vastly improved surfing and mobile office experience.

All the phones are available in a choice of two colours — mocha or dark red — except for the E61i, which is only available in mocha.

The Nokia E65 and nokia E61i are available now at a retail price of RM1,799 each while the E90 Communicator is slated for release at the end of June.

No price has been set for the E90 as yet.


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