At a London live, Nokia presented the long-awaited E-series newcomers – Nokia E66 and Nokia E71. The two handsets are Nokia craftsmanship at its highest and high-tech goodies galore: auto focus cameras, Wi-Fi, GPS and the power of the latest Symbian S60 UI.
The Nokia E71 packs a full hardware QWERTY keypad and its design feels somewhat Blackberry-esque although it’s actually a successor of the Nokia E61i. Nokia E71 brings much more style to the E-series with a girth of mere 10mm. It’s impressively compact for its form factor but that in turn has shrinked the display to 2.36 inches (as opposed to the impressive 2.8″ screen of E61i).
Nokia E71 White Steel and Nokia E71 Grey Steel
Hardwarewise, the E71 offers the latest in smartphone with a built-in GPS receiver, which works with Nokia Maps, 3 megapixel auto focus camera and – of course – HSDPA and Wi-Fi. There is also the microSD card slot to expand the available 110MB memory with up to 8GB worth of additional storage.
The Nokia E66 is the same business-grade device as the Nokia E71, without the QWERTY keyboard. It’s more compact but screen real estate is not sacrificed at all – the Nokia E66 has a 2.4″ QVGA TFT display. Since it also sports a built-in accelerometer, you can also enjoy screen auto rotation, as well as silencing of incoming calls when the device is facing down. Other than that, the specs remain identical, making it an equaly sweet gadget.
Nokia E66 White Steel and Nokia E66 Grey Steel
Both devices also feature an Infrared port (no fooling), as well as a microUSB port and Bluetooth (A2DP and EDR).
Email is the highlight in both devices, as they support a wide range of personal and corporate email standards such as Microsoft Exchange, Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, Hotmail, Nokia Intellisync Wireless Email solution, along with System Seven and Visto Mobile. Encryption is also on board, as well as mobile VPN support.
The Nokia E71 and Nokia E66 also come with a new switch mode (in the profiles menu) for switching between personal and work home screens.
The two homescreen modes
Clad in stainless steel and etched graphics (E51-style), the new handsets will be available in grey steel or white steel colors. Both Nokia E71 and Nokia E66 are expected to begin shipping in July and are expected to retail at 350 euro before taxes and subsidies.
If that’s enough to get you started, hit the jump for real life photos and our first impressions.