Nokia’s smartphone comeback has started at Nokia World today with the announcement of three new smartphones, the Nokia E7, Nokia C7 and Nokia C6. It also announced a new and improved look and feel for the Ovi Store and new features for Ovi Maps.
All three phones are based on Symbian^3, which Nokia said brings more the 250 new features and improvements. Each phone offer HDMI out so you can share content on your TV. We recently saw the N8 outputting 720p with Dolby Digital 5.1 sound to a large screen TV and came away most impressed.
"Today our fight back to smartphone leadership shifts into high gear," said Niklas Savander, executive vice president, of markets for Nokia, in a statement. "Despite new competition, Symbian remains the most widely used smartphone platform in the world. Our new family of smartphones introduced today feature the all-new Symbian OS, rewritten to be faster, easier to use, more efficient and more developer friendly."
The Nokia E7 is a business focussed device designed for working on documents on the go. It features a 4in touch display, featuring Nokia ClearBlack tech to make it easier to read outdoors and a slide out Qwerty keyboard. It supports Microsoft Exchange and a range of security solutions for corporate peace of mind.
The Nokia C7 and offers a large 3.5in AMOLED touch display and features a social network stream to keep tabs on Facebook, Twitter and email direct from the home screen.
The C6 is lower end device but is still encased is steel and glass and features a 3.2in AMOLED touch screen display and is aimed at the social media crowd. NokiaClearBlack is featured again, and Nokia hopes music and games from the Ovi store will keep its owners busy.
Savandar also acknowledged the level of expectation that surrounds the Nokia N8. "Based on the level of consumer interest and the highest online pre-orders in Nokia history, we expect big things from the Nokia N8."
No pressure then.
Nokia also announced that its Ovi store content would be integrated into the Orange Application Store, making it easier for Orange customers to get hold of Ovi applications. There will also be a combined sign on and billing between the Ovi Store and Orange.
Finally, in a clear move to help developers look in its direction, and not just Apple and Android, Nokia said that improvements to the Nokia SDK would make it easier for developers to build app for the Ovi store. It said it had reduced the number of lines of code required for Symbian by a hefty 70 per cent, while revenue share has also been improve for developers.
However, developers, and everyone else, were also disappointed not to see any devices running Meego, Nokia's Linux based mobile OS. When the first version of this was first unveiled in May, it drew widespread praise for its visually rich interface and for its speed.
Link: Nokia World