Just in time for a Mobile World Congress announcement, Nokia is readying its line up of QWERTY phones and from the looks of things, the yet unannounced E75 and the 5730 Xpress Music seem like bestsellers. The E75 is shaped on the E51 lines and packs a side slideout QWERTY keyboard. The 5730 on the other will be a relatively cheap (€220) music & text centric device and has already been extensively previewed by Mobile-Review.
So including the N97, that’s three QWERTY phones to look forward to – each in a separate price bracket and category. The E75 will be especially sweet for people who don’t really care for touch, the 3.2MP camera with a LED flash might be a put off though. Considering the 5730’s expected price I am keeping my expectations low about the kind of plastic that will be used to create it, but if Nokia can get that right – who knows. Expected specifications and images below.
Rumoured Nokia 5730 XpressMusic specs:
A 2 inch display with 240 x 320 pixels and 16 million colors
GSM/EDGE connectivity (no 3G, apparently)
A 3.2 MP camera with Carl Zeiss lens, autofocus and flash
Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP
140MB of internal memory and an 8GB card
Up to 26 hours of music playback
Up to 4.55 hours of talk time
Up to 270 hours of standby time
Rumoured Nokia E75 specs:
via: Daily Mobile
I am not a huge gaming person, but I like the odd racing game and I definitely had a good time with Asphalt 3 on the N85. That left me waiting for more and I’m pleased to say that the new Asphalt 4 is now available via the Showroom section on the ‘on device client’, you might need to use the update option to see the game there.
Asphalt 4 brings support for the multiplayer mode over Bluetooth, 28 cars and bikes to choose from, a new drift engine for a more realistic experience amongst other things. The game is about 12MB in size and the demo is short, so you won’t have much gameplay to base your US$13.49 purchase decision on.
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As we wait for the N97, the good people at the Nseries Innovation Desk have put together the above Q&A with Axel Meyer, Head of Design at Nokia Nseries to get us better accquainted with the idea behind the N97.
I was pleasantly surprised to see the Q&A start off with a question from me, so if you are looking forward to the N97, make sure you check this video out.
Close on the heels of the E71 and the E71 NAM, the 5800 has also gotten its firmware upgraded to v. 11.0.008. The new firmware features a lot of bug fixes over the older 10.0.010. The one aspect it really helps in is the automatic UI rotation. You can get the new firmware via the NSU application.
However, if you are in India and have recently purchased your 5800, you needn’t bother about his update as your handset probably came with v11 pre-installed, mine did. As usual, backing up the phone prior to updating is a good idea despite the 5800 supporting User Data Preservation (UDP). Full changelog below.
Nokia 5800 XpressMusic Firmware v11.0.08 ChangeLog:
- Homepage is not defined for Vodafone Live!
- Last word disappears when selecting receiver in SMS
- My Nokia: phone displays “#” in front of Application name.
- During Back-Up & Restore operation, calendar entries are not restored
- Operator menu link within Welcome application
- Invalid message pops up before playing the file received via Bluetooth.
- Input Method, VKB just display number when selecting a WLAN access point which contains a password.
- Chinese box HWR control buttons and FS HWR control bar are too small.
- Unable to add image to Contact bar from Gallery when there is about 5 GB of data in memory card
- In Arabic UI, in calendar, the arrows on the top are reversed in week view and day view
- UI-rotation is too sensitive
- Search: Google search service is missing in Search.
- Contact could not display when switch numbers in Singtel 2-in-1 SIM card
- Maps: Wrong layout of the strings in the Maps search and favorites views
- Could not send new email if user name and password is not pre-defined
- Phone drops from service when both A5/3 +GEA3 used simultaneously with WLAN
- The Messaging application crashes a lot specially when replying or trying to send SMS you have to remove battery to be able to use the device again
- License Manager for Maps is not integrated to SW
- 5.0 Touch: Phonebook crashing when adding detail: Birthday, Anniversary
- Web screen is messed up
- Non stop Music Player “Library update”
- Clock, Alarm is inactive when phone is power off.
- APN Configuration Settings Update to be used for the Setting Wizard
- Ex-Factory settings are wrong
- UE unable to open Setting Wizard
- StartUpSettings version updated.
- Phone lost correct time during power off
- USSD – “Call Control Send USSD” command
- UE drops from 3G, then cannot sync to 3G cells
- Browser: Flash objects causes problems while browsing
via: Symbian World
[digg-me] One of the best phone’s Nokia’s ever made has hopefully just gotten better. The E71 has just received a seemingly major firmware update taking the ‘current’ version upto v200.21.118 from v110.07.127. The new firmware brings two news black and red themes along with an improvement in WLAN stability amongst a host of other things. Complete changelog below.
Details about the changes that it brings are thin at the moment and I’ll update this post as soon as we get more information. The ability to ‘hack’ the firmware has been blocked since v110 so those of you who are already on v110 or who simply don’t care can go ahead and update. The usual caveats about backing up your data etc apply, remember the E71 doesn’t have user data preservation unlike the newer FP2 devices.
If you find something new, please let us know in the comments section. Download the Nokia Software Updater for PC here.
Update: The firmware is not available for the India product codes, I just checked.
Via: Symbian-Guru, ChangeLog Via: Nokia Addict
The 5800 Xpress Music is finally in the house! I wanted to bring you the unboxing as soon as possible, so please pardon my very sore throat. Expect a flood of coverage soon, if you want me to cover anything specific make sure you leave them in the comments section. Enjoy!