Nokia E-Series Handsets
12th October 2005
The Nokia E-Series consists of three
business-orientated 3G handsets, sharing some technologies
with the N-Series,
drawing on technologies from other Nokia handsets
and taking some inspiration from elsewhere too!
We'll cover all of these new handsets
in more depth later on - but first a quick overview
of the devices being announced today.
The most radical design departure we've
seen from Nokia for a long time - the E61 has a similar
design concept to the traditional Blackberry
layout or Motorola
Moto Q. The impressive feature set includes
quad band GSM, 3G, WiFi, expandable memory and the Symbian
Series 60 operating system, in addition to the QWERTY
keyboard and large 320x240 pixel display. Nokia deliberately
excluded the camera from the E61. As you might expect
from the E61's appearance, it supports internet (POP3/IMAP/SMTP)
mail plus a variety of push email services such as Blackberry
The Nokia E70 clearly takes its inspiration
from the Nokia
6800 series of devices. Again, it's a Symbian
Series 60 3G phone with WiFi, but it's also related
to the Nokia
N90 with a similar 352x416 pixel high density
display and a 2 megapixel camera, plus expandable memory.
Push email is supported in the E70 too. This is possibly the
handset long-rumoured as the Nokia 6830.
The most conventional looking handset
in the E-Series range, the 117 gram Nokia E60 is could
easily be mistaken for a run-of-the-mill business handset,
but it's also a 3G phone with WiFi, and the 325x416
pixel display from the E70 and N90 is here too. There's
also push email support and the Symbian Series 60 OS
and expandable memory. Again, the camera has been left
off the E60 which means that the handset can be carried
into secure areas without any problems.
These are three pretty remarkable phones
in their own right, and it's difficult to find fault
with them. Perhaps the specification for the E60 is
overkill, and one thing we'd really like to see is a
new Communicator following on from the 9300
devices, but perhaps that's still in the works.
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