Nokia is striking back. Following rafts of complaints about its lacklustre Symbian OS and inability to secure a foothold in the smartphone market, leaked slides of its plans for 2011 promise multiple updates for Symbian, 1Ghz processor-powered smartphones and even dual-core phones with something intriguingly call “true-zoom camera.”
However, on the same day that these ambitious plans come to light, it has been confirmed that the E7 slider phone from Nokia has been delayed once again. First seen by us in September at the Nokia World event, it was slated for a December release but this has now been pushed back to a worryingly vague “early 2011” release. The E7 is a business-focused device designed for working on documents on the go and features a 4in touch display, using Nokia ClearBlack tech to make it easier to read outdoors and a slide out Qwerty keyboard.
Along with the release of the E7 next year, information has come out of the 2010 International Mobile Internet Conference in Beijing, where slides showing Nokia’s plan for 2011 have been spotted. The first slide shows details of up to five planned updates for the Symbian software in the next 12 to 18 months with the first one due in Q1 2011. The first update is said to bring up to 50 enhancements including a more intuitive browser. The rest of the year will see updates bringing “a new look and feel for the user interface, a more flexible home screen, an updateable HTML5 browser and an easier software update experience."
This will be good news for owners of Nokia’s smartphones, such as the N8, and comes on the back of the Finnish phone maker taking back control of the Symbian OS recently . It will, it seems, be keeping promises, made at the time, of bringing out more frequent, incremental improvements to the software on an on-going basis. Interestingly there has been no mention of MeeGo in all this, though this could be down to the fact that we are not getting all the information from the Conference.
On the hardware side of things, Nokia is planning on equipping up-coming models with 1Ghz processors and more graphics memory. Though no specific models were mentioned, the slides did indicate the phones would be released in Q2 and Q3 of 2011. There are also plans for phones with dual-core processors and what they call a “true-zoom camera” but we won’t be seeing these until late 2011 - or more likely early 2012.
With Android snapping at Nokia’s heels for its share of the smartphone OS market, Nokia will want to make good on these promises and try and regain some lost ground.