Nokia officially launches the E6 and X7

We knew that they were in stores already, but Nokia today officially took the wraps off the E6 and X7 handsets. The devices are the first in India to feature the latest version of Symbian, Anna, and to REALLY stress the fact, Nokia presented four ladies on the stage – Gul Panag, Soha Ali Khan, Diandra Soares and Sagarika Ghatge – as they “represented ‘Anna’ with their grace, style & elegance” (yes, that was the press release, folks). Speaking in more common sense terms, Anna represents a major upgrade to the Symbian ^3 OS seen on devices like the N8 and E7, with new icons, a better browser, a better keyboard and lots of other tweaks. Incidentally, all the Symbian ^3 devices in India (Nokia N8, E7, C7 and C6-01)  will be getting upgraded to Anna by the end of August, although Nokia will start shipping these handsets with Anna in July itself. Getting to the two devices launched today, the E6 is clearly a shot fired across RIM’s bows with its touch and QWERTY-type combo mimicking that of the as-yet-unreleased Bold 9900. We did get our mitts on it some time ago and were suitably impressed. The almost octagonal X7 is a very contrary creature to the E6 and is a full touchscreen affair, with entertainment and HD gaming as its forte – not surprising given the 4-inch AMOLED display. Both devices have 8 MP cameras and the usual plethora of Nokia services and apps (maps, mail, etc). The X7 also gives users to download several premium HD games free of charge from the Ovi Store – a heck of a boost to its gaming credentials, wethinks.  The X7 is available for a MRP of Rs 22,829 while the E6 has an MRP of Rs 18,679. The actual store prices are a bit lower than that. To find out if either or both devices are worth the moolah, stay tuned for our soon-to-arrive reviews.