Nokia India has just started taking pre-orders for the upcoming Nokia E6 for a pretty sweet INR 17,999. This is the ‘Nokia Recommended’ price for this device, but judging by past treads, what this means is that the real world price of the E6 would be even lower.
Add to that the fact that you can get the E6 by paying in three interest free EMI’s and it becomes a pretty sweet deal for a capable smartphone. The E72, when it launched was selling at the 20,000 INR+ price bracket so the market pressures on Nokia are definitely showing, but looks like that’s a win for the consumer.
The way pre-orders work in India is that once you fill your details on the website your local dealer will get in touch with you to pre-book the device and you are free to haggle with him about the price, so pre-booking and buying early doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll have the pay the advertised price.
If you’re looking to make up your mind about the E6, here are some unboxing pictures, camera samples and most importantly a 15 minute video overview of the smartphone.
[Update: You’ll have to pay Rs 2.000 unfront to book and select Nokia Priority Stores have live units of the E6 starting today, so you can go and have a play before you pre-book].
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.