Nokia E7 - most important of 2011?

Nokia E7 - most important of 2011?Nary a day has gone by in recent weeks that we haven’t speculated about Nokia’s plans for the imminent World Mobile Congress. Indeed, we were quite excited about the possibility of some earth-shattering announcements from the former King of the Smartphones. Alas, Nokia's N Series VP Ukko Lappalainen has dashed those hopes somewhat.

Speaking to Reuters, Lappalainen said, "The E7 is by far the most important model for us this year when looking at sales expectations.”

Really, Ukko? That’s a little disappointing, to be honest.

The business oriented Nokia E7 – which started shipping this week – still doesn’t have an official UK release date, but it’s expected to go for around £420 on Vodafone. The E7 is essentially the same phone as the Nokia N8, with a slightly larger screen and 8MP camera (as opposed to the N8’s mighty 12MP).

There has been much speculation about Nokia’s long-term plans, including the possibility of a renewed pairing with Microsoft. But is Windows Phone 7 really the answer? Android hasn't been completely ruled out. And where the heck is MeeGo? So many questions...

We’re still keeping our fingers crossed that Nokia has something awesome up its sleeve. As well as Mobile World Congress next week, Nokia has its Strategy and Financial Briefing on Capital Markets Day, this Friday in London.

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JanSt / MOD  Feb. 8, 2011 at 18:11

The E7 will be an award winning bestseller. Nokia made the mistake to show it off too soon. I know plenty of folks who did not buy this, that, or the other, hoping the E7 would be out for Xmas...then January...now March...that could have been avoided. Instead they released the N8 while daying, here, something better but you can't have it. Gotta love'em strategists :p

mattb1970  Feb. 8, 2011 at 19:45

If Nokia do develop a WP7 phone it will take more than a year to launch so you can see that phones like the E7 are very important to the company. The E series phones are beautifully made and usually have fewer bugs than the N series so this should be a cracking phone.

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 9, 2011 at 12:28

mattb1970
Agree. Only mistake was to announce it too soon - the N8 was very successful in Q4, and I reckon even more folks would have bought it had the E7 carot not dangled in front of their collective nose.

All the nay-sayers: take some time to really read the analysis here =>> http://www.forums.ixplora.com/index.php?showtopic=20008&hl=

drivingtuition4u  Feb. 9, 2011 at 19:02

Nokia need to use window 7 or Android with the E7. If it takes a year to sort out, it should be a free over the air upgrade on all N8, E7 or any phone from 2010

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 10, 2011 at 11:14

what you're saying unfortunately makes little sense. WP7 has very specific hardware requirements. It is itechnically mpossible to port wp7 to the E7 or N8/9

Also, have you used Windows Phone 7?

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