Engadget reports that Nokia will be shipping Dual Core Symbian Devices next year with a revamped UI.
Well, Symbian has always been open about its roadmap. Back in February this year they mentioned this in exact detail (when they were still Symbian Foundation and Symbian^N was still the norm). Now Nokia has taken Symbian development back and Symbian will no longer have ^N nomenclature, just Symbian as we have confirmations that Symbian^3 devices will be getting the much awaited new enhancements meant for Symbian^4.
Today however in a presentation in Beijing, Gunther Kottzieper from Nokia gave some slides incidating Nokia Symbian 2011 focus areas including
- Q1 Symbian update will include over 50 features << new browser, new keyboard, draggable homescreen Read more…
In this video sneak peak, Three UK give an overview of the Nokia E7’s new features, crowning it somehow as the new smartphone flagship.
In the video you’ll hear that Three expect the E7 to come to THEIR network early 2011. Nokia promised it will be available Dec 2010. So there’s still time for the E7 to appear on their sales port as well as come to other networks.
The E7 as you know features a fantastic QWERTY keyboard, possibly the best Nokia’s produced; a big, super bright 4″ CBD AMOLED display and a 8MP dual LED, 720p camera. I know what many are thinking and continue to think, “Man, if only the latter could have fit N8’s cam.”. Oh well, the E7 was a before Elop product where segmentation was key.
Like the Nokia N8, the Nokia E7 has a HDMI out. Connect up your E7 and you can show whatever is on the E7’s screen on the bigger TV or projector screen. Oddly not all phones can do this. Some can just show media if any. Nokia’s TV out gives you a portable PC like experience of hooking up to a “monitor”, whether it be the browser, the menu, music player, photos or video player.
Watching movies is particularly great since you’ve got 720p playback with Dolby Digital Plus surround sound. With the USB to Go feature, you can connect a hard drive full of media to be played back via the E7.
Here in this video you can see the E7 playing nicely with a 1080p projector over HDMI out. The projector screen here is 110 inches! That’s massive! Not as big as the record breaking N8 movie screen but more than enough for a home theatre. Dang 42″ is good enough, no? :p The video is in 1080p which better shows off the clarity of HDMI out.
Lastly, don’t forget that if your screen doesn’t have HDMI connection you have the 3.5mm TV-out. As seen in the C7, even though it lacks HDMI out, near HD quality can still be output (very high quality analogue signal).
uptodateksa2 gives us another E7 hands on showing multitasking and F-Secure from Ovi Store.
As well as being an antivirus for your phone, it will also allow you to remotely wipe content from your phone if it’s lost or stolen.
Probably for some, the data is as precious as the phone itself (as if you haven’t backed up then the data is irreplaceable – worse if there’s sensitive data)
You can programme a back up number which will be sent a text message of the number if the lost/stolen phone has their SIM replaced. Reply with a code and it’ll wipe the device.
This comes with E7 by default.
Now I’d actually prefer to have it send me GPS location so I can go find the phone myself or inform the police of the asshole that’s nicked my phone (yeah still bitter about 7610 that got stolen from me :p not that 7610 had GPS..BUT if it did…)
Mark Guim from The Nokia Blog has found a bunch of Nokia E7-00 sample photos on Flickr. Mostly low light and mostly titled “Slutty” something or other, e.g. Slutty Chicken, Slutty Zombie and Slutty Lady Bug :o.
Low light and people moving…hmm..possibly not the best combination to show any camera potential. The images are from pre production E7-00, in low light and NOT full sized. It’s not camera centric like the N8. No auto-focus, No Carl Zeiss, No dual LED as opposed to XENON… I think it would be better with autofocus but that was omitted to keep the E7-00 slim. For real low light (or heck any light) prowess, you should check out the Nokia N8. See these samples from Halloween. Fingers crossed it does better when lighting is more favourable.
Flickr Gallery is available here or click below to see the Gallery in case as Mark says, the flickr one is removed.
Click to see the gallery below as well as E7-00 proto 720p video which is actually quite good.
Want to know how the speakers sound on the Nokia E7? This was difficult to test in a noisy Conference environment such as Nokia World.
uptodateksa2 has some time alone with the E7 and plays some Natalie Imbruglia and Yonas Bardouh (the latter which he says is not his taste :p).
Check out the new volume rocker on the E7 which was designed to keep the E7 trim apparently.