Nokia to release Belle update download on February 8

By on January 30, 2012 at 12:05 PM.

Nokia to release Belle update download on February 8

Last year when Nokia changed the name of the Symbian Belle OS to Nokia Belle, it also mentioned that the Belle update will be released in February 2012. Now, news is abuzz that the Finnish giant will most likely be rolling-out the the Nokia Belle update starting from February 8 for the Nokia N8, E7, E6, X7, C6-01, C7 and Oro. Folks at the Nokianesia Blog spotted this ad above on Nokia Vietnam website. Of course, this update will be released globally and won't just be available for Vietnam. Stay tuned in for more information... Read
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Nokia 500 goes up for pre-order for Rs 10,200

By on November 25, 2011 at 2:52 PM.

Nokia 500 goes up for pre-order for Rs 10,200

Announced in August, the Nokia 500 is now available for pre-order with online retailer Flipkart for Rs 10,200. The 500 runs on Symbian Anna and features a 1GHz processor, a 5.0 MP camera, 3.2-inch 640x360 pixel display, Wi-Fi and GPS. It has 2GB of internal memory and a microSD card slot that supports cards up to 32GB. It comes with two additional exchangeable back covers. Nokia is expected to release the latest Symbian Belle update for the 500 towards the end of this year. It is We expect Nokia to officially launch the 500 in India soon. Read on for the complete specifications of the Nokia 500.
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Symbian Anna based Nokia 500 announced, will hit markets in Q3 [Video]

By on August 1, 2011 at 4:18 PM.

Symbian Anna based Nokia 500 announced, will hit markets in Q3 [Video]

Nokia has just announced its Symbian Anna based smartphone - the Nokia 500. The handset is 3G ready, runs on a 1Ghz processor, features a 3.2-inch capacitive display with a screen resolution of 640x360 pixels, a 5.0 megapixel camera at the back with video recording (no secondary or front-facing camera), in-built storage of 2 GB expandable up to 32 GB, promises a talk-time of 5-7 hours on 3G and 2G networks respectively and music playback time of up to 35 hours. The Nokia 500 will be available in Black and White colors, the Black version will be available in Q3 and the White version will only hit by the end of Q4. The handset will also bundle three different colored back covers and will be priced around Rs 9,500 before taxes and subsidies. Check out the video after the break. More →
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N9 and Windows Phone: Banquo’s ghosts at Nokia’s Anna banquet

By on June 30, 2011 at 12:49 AM.

N9 and Windows Phone: Banquo’s ghosts at Nokia’s Anna banquet

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 →
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Nokia officially launches the E6 and X7

By on June 29, 2011 at 7:54 PM.

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.
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Nokia E6 tagged at Rs 17,999, pre-booking open

By on June 15, 2011 at 10:05 PM.

Nokia E6 tagged at Rs 17,999, pre-booking open

There was a time when booking in advance was largely the preserve of Bollywood blockbusters, but of late gadgets have joined the pre-booking bandwagon. The latest to enter the category is Nokia's next touch and type E Series device, the E6. Those wanting to book the device can do so by (take a deep breath, folks) heading to www.nokia.co.in/E6, filling an online form, indicating their preferred Nokia Priority store, and after being called by aforementioned store (a feat that we are told will be accomplished within 24 hours of even more aforementioned form-filling), shelling out Rs 2,000. Yes, it does sound a tad drawn-out, but we did like the E6 during our brief hands-on with the device (remember we called it the "smartphone that has the potential to bring a smile to Nokia loyalists"), we daresay there are going to be people lining up for it, lured by the touchscreen-full QWERTY combo, as well as a spruced up Symbian OS (Anna), the 8.0-megapixel "full focus" camera (we are still complaining about the lack of auto-focus, folks!), and  last but not least, the price tag of Rs 17,999.  Value for money? On paper, yes. In reality? We will let you know when we get a review unit to tussle with.
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Hands on with the Nokia E6

By on June 8, 2011 at 3:55 PM.

Hands on with the Nokia E6

Even as Nokia transitions from Symbian to Windows Phone operating system, the handset vendor is still busy tweaking the soon-to-be-defunct platform. Nokia calls this new version of Symbian 'Anna' and will soon launch the E6, which will be one of the first smartphones running this operating system. We spent some time with this 'Touch and Type' smartphone today and we feel that this could be one of the better offerings from Nokia in a long while. The phone feels sturdy to hold and the new user interface comes as a whiff of fresh air. Having said that, Symbian Anna is no where close to Android or iOS, which justifies Nokia's decision to go for Windows Phone. Hit the break for our first impressions and a mega hands-on gallery of the Nokia E6.

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Nokia Oro is a gold plated C7, costs a fortune

By on May 25, 2011 at 6:51 PM.

Nokia Oro is a gold plated C7, costs a fortune

Guys, Nokia's C7 is back and this time it dons a golden look. The handset in question is called the Nokia Oro, flaunts super-glossy 18-carat gold paint job on the edges, the back is protected by Scottish leather cover and runs on the latest version of the Symbain OS - Anna. It's not just the looks that remind you of the Nokia C7 but also the specifications. The Finnish vendor hasn't really changed the data sheet as the Oro sports specs of the C7 - a 3.5-inch AMOLED display, an 8.0 MP camera, 720p video recording @25fps, 3.5 mm audio jack, 8GB of internal memory and support for expandable memory up to 32 GB. This premium handset is indeed quite pricey and will cost upwards of EUR 800 (Rs 51,000). The Nokia Oro is expected to hit markets like Asia, Europe, Russia and Middle East in Q3.
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