According to industry insider Eldar Murtazin, a man whose been known as a Nokia seer of sorts over the years, Nokia will make its Windows Phone debut with two new devices, the W7 and the W8. Reportedly, the W7 is being used inside Nokia as a test device and will hit the market first. Rumor has it the W7 will have a hardware design that’s relatively similar to the Nokia X7 that was announced earlier this week. We’d be pumped about that, given that the X7 sports a 4-inch AMOLED screen and is made of stainless steel and glass. Nokia’s second Windows Phone device could be the W8, which Murtazin says will resemble the Nokia N8 — another device with a top notch industrial design. While we’ve heard that Nokia’s first Windows Phone will land in 2012, the wait should be worth it — Murtazin claims that the Finnish phone maker already has a dozen Windows Phones slated to launch next year. More →
It is the end of an era or more accurately close to the end. Nokia has dropped the Symbian branding from its own smartphone OS and is now calling it Nokia Belle - no more Symbian S60 versions, just Nokia and the version name. This move probably comes after Nokia sold and outsourced Symbian to Accenture, which would mean it does not own the Symbian trademark anymore. Nokia also announced it will release the Belle update for the Nokia N8, E7, E6, X7, C6-01, C7, and Oro starting from February 2012. However, new units of the Nokia N8 that will be shipped from its manufacturing facilities now will come with Belle on them.
It was supposed to be an event to launch the first handsets running Symbian Anna in India - the Nokia X7 and the Nokia E6. And yes, most of the talk from Nokia at the dais was about the devices and the Anna update to Symbian ^3. But looming over the event, rather like a pair of Shakespearean ghosts at a Macbethian banquet, were two names with which Nokia has been associated: Windows Phone and the N9. Many was the media person who asked the Nokia team about the "phone without buttons" (the MeeGo driven N9). And when the floor was thrown open for questioning after the quartet of Gul Panag, Soha Ali Khan, Diandra Soares and Sagarika Ghatge (who we were told symbolised Anna - but THAT is another story) had sashayed down a makeshift ramp with the newly launched handsets, many of the questions that were directed at Viral Oza, Director Marketing, Nokia India, were about what Nokia planned to do with the troika of MeeGo, Symbian and Windows Phone. More →
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.