Update: This preview was written based on limited experience with this device. A much more in-depth version, based on extensive use of this model, is now available: Nokia E71 Review
The Nokia E71 was recently announced, and while this business-oriented smartphone is not yet on the market in the U.S., it's available in Europe.
Kevin O'Brien and I were at a press event recently where Nokia was showing off the E71, and we shot a video demonstration that highlights its features:
An Overview of the Nokia E71
This smartphone will have a slim tablet shape with full QWERTY keyboard.
It will run Symbian S60, and come with a suite of software targeted at enterprise users, including support for Exchange ActiveSync. Users will be able to download attachments like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, or PDF files directly to their devices.
In addition to email and personal information management, this device will support Nokia's Ovi services including maps, music and media sharing. It will have Assisted GPS (A-GPS) and Nokia Maps for navigation, a music player, and a 3.2 megapixel auto-focus camera.
This quad-band phone will offer 3G connectivity in the form of HSDPA, as well as Wi-Fi.
It will also have 110 MB of internal storage and a microSD slot with support for up to 8 GB cards.
The E71 will have a 2.36-inch display, and will be 4.5 in. by 2.25 in. by 0.4 in. (114 mm by 57 mm by 10 mm), and weigh 4.4 oz. (126 g). It will include a 1,500 mAh battery.
This product will go on sale around the globe, including the U.S., in the third quarter of this year. In Europe, it is expected to sell for around 350 Euros, before taxes and subsidies.
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