At Nokia India’s Delhi preview of Nokia E6, we got some hands on time with the widely anticipated successor to the E71/E72 class of devices. You have already seen unboxing photos and camera samples, but if you’re looking forward to looking at the E6 in a little more in-depth fashion, then this post is for you.
Me and friend of the site Clinton Jeff, look two Nokia E6’s for a little spin and the have shared our initial impressions, positives and negatives in the 15 minute video below.
We start off by quickly unboxing the device, followed by a little overview of the basic capabilities of the phones before diving into the new Symbian Anna experience, the E6’s 326 PPI high resolution screen, its camera, the new UI, the capabilities of its loudspeaker and so on. Click though to YouTube to watch in HD, or hit play right here.
What do you think of the E6? In case there is something else you’d like me to cover, please let me know in the comments section below.
In addition to the X7 and the E6, Nokia also announced Symbian Anna, an update to the Symbian^3 OS. We’ve known for a while that they were going to get rid of the numbered Symbian naming system and Anna is just the first step in that journey. Symbian Anna is basically what the PR 2.0 firmware will be to older Symbian^3 devices like the N8, C7, E7 et al.
In this post on Nokia Conversations, they have outlined some of the features we can expect in this new release, which will also be brought to older devices via the PR 2.0 firmware upgrade. In a nutshell, Symbian Anna = PR 2.0 = a faster browser, improved text input, fresh, new icons, improvements to the photo gallery’s useability and the latest version of Ovi Maps in addition of a number of under the hood improvements.
For business users, the update also includes instant messaging with Microsoft Communicator Mobile, email enhancements that include full meeting request support and hardware-accelerated device encryption.
Enhanced Browser (v7.3): high value touch UI improvements, including URL entry bar, always visible ‘Go Back’ and extended toolbar buttons and search-integrated address field; better user responsiveness, faster history navigation and page loading, split screen virtual Qwerty keyboard.
Enhanced Ovi Maps (v3.06): smarter search; Check-in to Facebook, Twitter, Foursquareor local social networks; ability to share places via email and SMS, and also with friends using non-Nokia phones; public transport network lines view; update and download full country maps via WLAN
Enhanced Ovi Store (v2.06.xx): improved search, including auto-complete, spell-checking and Internet search engine optimization and error fixes; increased file size limits for downloading over WLAN
Enhanced Social (v1.3): status updates in contact card, ability to retweet and view follower list in Twitter, higher resolution image uploads, ability to add caption to images
Enhanced Ovi Suite (v3.x): works seamlessly with the latest version of Ovi Suite to update the device software, download free street maps, download new music and discover the latest mobile apps, back up the device to keep content safe, and sync content with Ovi.
Java Runtime 2.2
Qt Mobility 1.1
Qt4.7 (The X7 and E6 will ship with Qt 4.7.3)
There is no release date for PR 2.0 for older Symbian^3 devices, the words used are ‘coming months’, however all indications point to a release sometime next month, possibly in the latter half. Considering how the E6 and X7 also do not have a fixed release date, all we have is Q2, it is clear that PR 2.0/Anna is not quite final as yet.
In many ways, today’s announcement is what we were told last year when the 50+ enhancements were revealed and I cannot wait for Nokia to stop talking about it, and actually ship it. That being said, post the Anna update, we can also expect a new version of Symbian which will completely revamp the UI, including the homescreens. But don’t get excited about that just yet, its still many months away.
The Nokia E71 was one of Nokia’s most successful devices, its successor the E72 followed in its footsteps and managed to be quite popular itself. But its been almost two years since it was announced (June 2009) and we all been waiting for a successor that can fill in the big shoes left by these hugely popular devices. The E6 is Nokia’s answer.
The Nokia E6 retains the same design as its predecessors, but also packs a 2.4″ touch display making it the first Symbian^3 device to debut in this form factor. It has a slightly improved keyboard design that we have grown comfortable with over the years, an 8 Megapixel ‘Full Focus’ camera, a mono loudspeaker and all the other bells and whistles we expect from a modern day smartphone. The good thing about the E6’s touch display is that it has gone from the 320 x 240 pixels QVGA on the E72 to a hi-res VGA clocking 640×480 pixels which translates to 326ppi on the E6’s 2.4″ display. The hardware inside although remains similar to the last generation of Symbian^3 devices and includes a 680 MHz ARM 11 processor and a Broadcom BCM2727 GPU along with 256 MB of RAM and a 1GB ROM.
The E6 is a slim device 15.5 x 59 x 10.5 mm in size and weighs in at 133g.It is powered by a 1500 mAh battery that promises a talktime of 14h 48 min and 7h 30 min and a very impressive standby time of 681h and 744h on GSM and WCDAMA networks respectively. The E6 packs a Gorilla glass front screen and a stainless steel black and bezel.
The E6 will be available in White, Silver and Black in Q2 itself at a price of about €340 (£300/$490). If you are interested in even more specs, this is the page to go to.