Nokia is in a bit of turmoil at the moment. Loss of market share, high spending and concerns over its Symbian operating system combine to make 2011 a challenging year for the Finnish company. Today we get good news in the shape of the E7 shipping to stores and interesting news in the shape of leaked images of its E6 handset.
Firstly the E7, which 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. Nokia announced today that the handset would be arriving in stores this week in selected markets, with the UK certain to be one of these. The phone appeared on Nokia’s website for pre-order last month priced at €599 but we wait to hear which carriers will be offering this handset.
As well as announcing the shipping of the device, Nokia released a promotional video, which gives us some insight into the concept behind the phone’s design. It reveals that Nokia went through ten designs for keyboards before finally coming up with what it claims as its best ever.
In other news, the E6 which will be Nokia’s successor to the E5, had been rumoured to have a VGA display and was expected to have a touchscreen, but if leaked images sent to Engadget are to be believed, we won’t be getting that. The images shows a slightly larger handset than the E5 which keeps the full portrait QWERTY keyboard. Around the back there is an 8 megapixel camera with dual LED flash. It doesn’t look very interesting if we are being honest but we will reserve jusgement until the phone is officially confirmed which should happen at Mobile World Congress next week.