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Nokia's Cameraless E51

 Nokia E51 without camera Discontinued
7th February 2008

When the original Nokia E51 was announced a few months ago, we said the following:

    One controversial feature of the Nokia E51 is bound to be the inclusion of a 2 megapixel camera on the back. Many businesses simply do not want cameras on their phones because they represent a security risk in some areas. We very much hope that the E51 comes in an optional no-camera configuration as an alternative.

Well, Nokia have done exactly that and have designed a cameraless version of the E51 that will appeal to people who work in areas where digital cameras are prohibited. You can see where the camera usually is in the close-up below.

 Nokia E51 with camera The camera controversy is not new - we've been covering this problem since 2004 - but most manufacturers seem keen to include a camera in every handset they make, and there is very limited choice if you don't want a camera but you still want a decent phone. The E51 is a very good business phone by all accounts, so this variant should be popular.

Incidentally, Nokia probably didn't need to look very far to find people who wanted a good business phone with no camera. Nokia's own facilities are very high security, and camera phones are prohibited in some areas, so mobile phones often have to be left with a security desk.

Nokia say that the cameraless version of the E51 should be available during Q1 2008, priced at around €250 (£170 / $340) before tax and subsidy, which is pretty good value for a handset of this specification.

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Nokia E51 (without camera) at a glance

Available:

Q1 2008

Network:

GSM 850/900/1800/1900
UMTS 850/2100 

Data:

GPRS + EDGE + UMTS (3G) + WiFi

Screen:

240x320 pixels, 16m colours

Camera:

No

Size:

Medium monoblock
114 x 46 x 12mm / 100 grams

Bluetooth:

Yes

Memory card:

microSD

Infra-red:

No

Polyphonic:

Yes

Java:

Yes

Battery life:

4.5 hours talk / 13 days standby

 

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