Nokia’s E7 Symbian smartphone with a tilting 4-inch display has arrived in South Africa.
The device’s screen slides up to expose a full QWERTY keyboard and tilts so that the display sits at an angle to the keyboard.
“Following on from the success of our communicator devices, the Nokia E7 incorporates a touch screen and our most advanced QWERTY keyboard to date, which is a combination that ensures the business user is able to operate in or out of the office,” said Mark Strathmore, business to business manager at Nokia South Africa.
Nokia highlighted that the device supports business applications from Microsoft, such as Microsoft Exchange and Office Communicator Mobile.
As with Nokia’s other Symbian devices, the E7 has access to Ovi, Nokia’s suite of mobile services. These includes Ovi Store, Nokia’s application store, and Ovi Maps which offers drive or walk navigation in 80 countries, including South Africa.
The Nokia E7 looks and feels a lot like a Nokia N8 with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard and a slightly larger screen.
There are some other minor differences, such as the slightly fewer megapixels on the camera and the repositioned main button.
The N8’s main button was positioned along the bottom edge of the screen, in the left corner. As a right-handed user this generally worked well, though the button was somewhat small.
On the Nokia E7 the button is slightly longer and placed along the centre of the bottom edge of the display.
Strathmore revealed that the estimated retail price of the Nokia E7 is R5,999 and they plan to have it available through their retail channels during next week.
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