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Photos: Nokia E7

Nokia's business-friendly version of the N8, the keyboard-equipped E7, is due in the UK in December. We got to examine it at this week's Symbian Exchange & Exposition in Amsterdam

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At the Symbian Exchange & Exposition in Amsterdam, ZDNet UK got a chance to play with Nokia's E7, a business-friendly device that the manufacturer is planning to release in the UK soon.

The handset closely resembles the Nokia N8, and like that phone it runs Symbian^3. However, it also has a QWERTY keyboard, which makes it a better emailing device than the more consumer-focused N8.

Nokia confirmed on Wednesday, through a post on Twitter, that the E7 will go on sale in December.

Photos: David Meyer

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The E7's 4in. AMOLED screen slides up thanks to a rather large hinge that props it up at a comfortable angle when you're typing.

The 16:9 capacitive touchscreen has a resolution of 640 by 360 pixels. Overall, the E7 measures 62.4mm wide by 123.7mm deep by 13.6 mm thick and weighs 176g.

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The E7 has an HDMI connection that allows you to view content on a high-definition TV set.

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Apart from the keyboard, the biggest difference between the E7 and the N8 is the camera specification.

The consumer-focused N8 has a top-end 12-megapixel camera, while the E7 has an 8-megapixel unit with a lower-quality lens. Even so, for a business phone, image quality still stands up well against the competition.

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As with most of today's smartphones, the E7 provides multi-touch functionality such as pinch-to-zoom.

The Symbian^3 browser is still relatively lacklustre compared to the browsers used in Google's Android and Apple's iOS, but it will be replaced with a new, more HTML5-focused, version when Nokia updates the OS early next year.

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When closed, the E7 closely resembles the N8, which also runs Symbian^3.

In our experience with the E7, the operating system seemed reasonably snappy, although it's still not as optimised for touch-based operation as much of the competition.

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Ths E7's SIM module is easily accessible, which makes it relatively painless to swap out a SIM while travelling on business. Most phones keep the SIM under the battery.

Also shown here are the volume rocker and dedicated camera shutter button.

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As with all recent Nokia phones, the E7 comes with Ovi Maps.

Earlier this year the manufacturer made it possible to preload maps for free, which means the handset can be used for satellite navigation without the need for costly downloads while travelling.

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