Nokia Means Business with the New E6 QWERTY/Touchscreen Phone

Nokia have taken the wraps off the E6-00 this morning, another Symbian^3 phone we’ve seen leaked several times. This is the successor to the very popular E71 and E72 QWERTY business phones, but with one important difference – it has a touchscreen to compliment the keyboard.

It’s a great looking phone too, with a choice between a very BlackBerry-like piano black shell or a stylish chrome finish, while the beautifully rounded corners give the E6 a very modern look.  Here are the feature highlights before we take a closer look at the new phone.

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  • A 2.4″ capacitive touchscreen with a 640 x 480 pixel resolution.
  • Symbian Anna.
  • 8 megapixel camera and forward-facing VGA video call lens.
  • Assisted GPS.
  • 3G with HSDPA and Wi-Fi.
  • Bluetooth 3.0.

Apart from the screen size and keyboard, the other features of the E6 are comparable to the X7-00, Nokia’s other new device announcement this morning.  The 8 megapixel camera can shoot 720p video and has geo-tagging, digital zoom and full focus, while pictures and media can be stored on the internal 8GB of memory or a micro-SD card.

The E6 also has Bluetooth 3.0, a 3.5mm headphone socket, an FM radio, Flash Lite 4, OpenGL 3D graphics, Wi-Fi and a digital compass. Like the X7, the processor speed and memory are currently unknown.

Being a business phone, Nokia have made sure it’ll be useful straight out of the box.  They’ve included syncing with Microsoft Outlook along with Microsoft’s Communicator Mobile software, allowing you to create, edit and share Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents right on the phone.

The screen may be small, but the resolution is excellent – 640 x 480 – and Nokia claim it a class leader thanks to more than 300dpi pixel density; meaning the clarity will be very high.

Finally, just like the X7, the E6 will be using the new Symbian Anna software.  This is the latest version of Symbian^3 and has been treated to a makeover with new icons, a portrait keyboard option, updated Ovi Maps, faster web browsing and an improved homescreen experience.

We can expect the E6 to launch in Q2 this year.

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