The bell at India’s leading financial market, the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), today tolled for the Nokia E7. Yep, it might be part of the “burning platform” era so decried by its CEO, but that has not stopped Nokia from betting heavily on its next E Series device. D Shivakumar, VP and MD, Nokia India rang the closing bell at the BSE to herald the opening of pre-bookings for the handset, which he called “the new age Communicator,” referring to the iconic series of handsets that featured full QWERTY handsets beneath relatively large displays, last seen in the E90 more than three years ago. Also Read - Nokia C20 Plus budget smartphone launched: Check specs, price and other details
And while the E7 does pack in the traditional Communicator muscle – it has a 4 inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display, a slide out QWERTY keyboard (with the spacebar in the middle, hurrah!), an 8 MP shooter with HD video recording capability, USB on the go, HDMI connectivity and 16GB of onboard storage – there are some who believe that the “Communicator” description could be a bit of a poisoned chalice, given the fact that the OS running on top of all these specs is the less-than-heartily-praised Symbian ^3, which was last seen in the Nokia N8 and C7. The fact that the camera on the device has no autofocus will also leave some people shaking their heads, as it detracts from the “can do everything” aura that has always surrounded the Communicator. Round that off with rumours that the device could cost in excess of Rs 35,000, and you will see why many Nokia loyalists are waiting for the device with trepidation rather than joyful anticipation. Also Read - Nokia C01 Plus with an upgraded processor and bigger battery launched
There is no room for such doubts, however, in the heart of the Nokia India MD, Shivakumar. “Nokia E7 is the new age Communicator that is set to redefine the smartphone expectations by offering superior ‘mobile office’ solutions, ” he said. “It offers all that a business smartphone consumer is seeking from his device – it has the convenience of using a touch or type on a large 4 inch screen with a 4 line QWERTY keypad. It offers seamless connectivity, ease of use, excellent multimedia performance and a host of productivity applications. We are confident that with the Nokia E7 we will expand the smartphone market in India.” Time will tell whether this confidence is justified or misplaced. Also Read - Apple’s Craig Federighi admits the level of Mac malware is not acceptable, iOS fairs better
No, we have no official confirmation on the final price yet. But in case you are looking to pre-order a handset, you can do so by logging on to http://www.nokia.co.in/E7 and filling an online form, along with your preferred Nokia Priority store. The concerned store will then call you within 24 hours with further details of the handset and the offer. You can then pre-order your E7 unit by depositing a booking amount of Rs. 3,000 at the store.