Nokia is set to shut down its UK online store just as it has finally announced the availability of one of its latest Symbian handsets.
A couple of affiliate sites have reportedly been informed that the UK version of the Nokia online store is set to shut its virtual doors at the end of the month. Having already announced the closure of online stores in France and Spain, it seems as if Nokia is not getting enough love from UK mobile phone customers and will shut down the operation here in a couple of weeks. This is no doubt, in part at least, as a result of Nokia’s recent slide down the mobile phone manufacturers' table with its homemade OS, Symbian, losing out to Android and iOS in the smartphone market. The news of this closure comes on the same day as possibly one of the last new Smybian phones to be produced by the Finnish company goes on sale.
The E6, along with the X7, was announced last April along with the Symbian Anna update and it is now finally listed as in stock on the Nokia website for £349. The business-orientated handset boasts a huge battery life of 14 hours talk time and one month’s standby. The BlackBerry-esque handset has a 2.46 VGA touchscreen which boasts a pixel density of 326ppi and sits above a fully QWERTY keyboard. It will come with Symbian Anna out of the box and is powered by an ARM1176 680MHz processor, which is helped along by a Broadcom graphics accelerator. The E6 includes an ambient light sensor, compass, orientation sensor and proximity sensor. The phone has 8GB of inbuilt memory and supports microSD cards up to 32GB. It also comes with a lot of business-orientated features such as Exchange, Communicator Mobile and SharePoint access.
The closure of the Nokia UK online store will be seen as just another indicator of the trouble Nokia finds itself these days. Whether the store will reopen when we finally see the first Nokia Windows Phone is unclear but for now you’ll have to hurry to snap up the E6 from the official site.