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Photos: Nokia debuts slew of new touchscreen Symbian smartphones

Touchscreen hardware galore at Nokia World - but none of it using MeeGo..
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Topic: Mobility
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Touchscreen hardware galore at Nokia World - but none of it using MeeGo..

Nokia has unveiled a bevy of new touchscreen smartphones at its annual Nokia World expo in London. The mobile handset maker is hoping the new range of high-end devices - which all run the latest iteration of the Symbian OS, known as Symbian ^3, will help it steal back some of the limelight from Apple and Google.

In recent years the world's biggest mobile maker has been struggling with a weak portfolio of high end smartphones, according to analyst house Gartner. But talking tough on stage at Nokia World, Niklas Savander, Nokia's executive VP and general manager of its markets unit, told delegates: "I recognise we haven't been as competitive as we want to be in smartphones. That's about to change ... Nokia is back."

Pictured above are the three new Symbian ^3 smartphones shown off at Nokia World - two consumer-focused devices and one that belongs to Nokia's Eseries of business handset - along with the previously announced Nokia N8 (second from left). From left to right they are: the Nokia E7, N8, C7 and C6-01.

Savander said more updates on its other mobile OS effort, MeeGo - a joint open source effort with Intel - will be coming later this year.

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Here's the Nokia C6-01, a consumer handset with a focus on social networking and messaging.

The handset has an eight megapixel camera on the back - shown above - along with a secondary camera for videocalling. The device also supports HD video recording at 720p.

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The C6 displays real-time updates from social networking services such as Facebook and Twitter direct to the homescreen via a dedicated Social client, as shown above.

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There's a 3.2-inch Amoled, capacitive touchscreen - screen resolution is 640 x 360 pixels - with improved outdoor visibility via Nokia's ClearBlack display technology, which helps eliminate reflection from sunlight on the screen.

The device measures 103.8mm x 52.5mm x 13.9mm, weight is 131g, and there's up to 340MB of internal memory, with support for up to 32GB MicroSD memory card.

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The HSPA handset has 802.11 b/g/n wi-fi, GPS and Bluetooth 3.0.

It will be available in two tones: silver grey or black (pictured above) - and is due to arrive in shops in Q4 this year.

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Next up, the Nokia C7 - pictured above - is the slightly more upmarket cousin of the C6, also due for release in the fourth quarter of this year.

Like the C6, the C7 has a social networking flavour, with Facebook and Twitter updates streamed onto the device's homescreen.

There's a marginally bigger, 3.5-inch Amoled, capacitive touchscreen - also with a resolution of 640 x 360 pixels - and an eight megapixel camera on the back. The handset supports HD video recording at 720p but there's no front-facing camera for videocalling.

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The Nokia C7 will be offered in either charcoal black, frosty metal or mahogany brown (pictured above).

The HSPA handset is thinner than the C6 by more than three millimetres - its dimensions are: 117.3mm x 56.8mm x 10.5mm - and it weighs in at 130g.

Like the C6, the C7 has 802.11 b/g/n wi-fi, GPS and Bluetooth 3.0.

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Here's the silver version of the C7. The device offers more memory than the C6 - with 8GB of mass memory, along with support for up to 32GB of MicroSD card memory and internal user memory up to 350MB.

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Finally, Nokia also debuted the E7, pictured above, a slider device with similar styling to the N8 but featuring a touchscreen that pushes up to reveal a Qwerty keyboard beneath.

The device is the sequel to the Nokia Communicator range of devices that first appeared in 1996. Nokia's EVP of mobile solutions, Anssi Vanjoki, described today's iteration as "big, it's beautiful and it's all business".

The HSPA handset has 802.11b/g/n wi-fi, GPS, Bluetooth 3.0.

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Here's the Nokia E7 close up. The device has a full Qwerty keyboard: "For businesspeople on the move nothing beats a real keyboard. It's a form factor that works for businesspeople," according to Vanjoki.

Along with a full physical Qwerty keyboard, the device has a four-inch Amoled capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 640 x 360.

The device dimensions are 123.7mm x 62.4mm x 13.6mm and its weight is 176g.

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The E7 has Mail for Exchange, Microsoft Communicator Mobile and Microsoft ActiveSync support, and will support intranet and extranet portals built on Microsoft SharePoint Server for access to corporate systems via a software update, due in Q1 2011.

Security-wise, there's device lock and wipe, secure intranet access and device management support.

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The E7 has an eight megapixel camera and HD video recording at 720p but, as with the C7, there's no secondary camera for videocalling.

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Here's a side view of the screen slider mechanism.

The E7 has Dolby Digital Plus Surround Sound plus an HDMI connection for multimedia presentations.

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Memory-wise, there's 16GB of mass memory and 350MB of internal memory.

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It may be a business-focused device but Nokia has added a splash of colour to the E7, with green (shown above), blue and orange offerings, along with more muted dark grey or silver choices.

As with the C6 and C7, the E7 is due to launch in the fourth quarter of this year.

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But despite firing its big guns with a bevy of high-end smartphones, Nokia also showed off a new handset aimed at mobile users in the developing world.

The C3 Touch and Type, pictured above, sits lower down the Nokia's handset portfolio - it runs Nokia's Series 40 OS - but still offers email and IM, via the Nokia Messaging software, and access to apps via the Ovi Store. Social networking hasn't been forgotten either, with Facebook and Twitter on tap via a Communities client.

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As its name suggests, the C3 Touch and Type has a small, 2.4-inch touchscreen up top, coupled with a physical keypad. The HSPA handset also has 802.11 d/g/n wi-fi and Bluetooth 2.1. The device's dimensions are 111mmm x 47.5mm x 11mmm.

There's up to 30MB internal memory, and support for up to 32MB MicroSD memory card.

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The C3 Touch and Type also has a five megapixel camera which supports video recording.

The handset will also go on sale in Q4 this year. There's a choice of three colours: silver, warm grey or golden khaki.

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