Nokia unveils E55, E75 and Ovi Store

Posted by Simpur | Posted in , , | Posted on Tuesday, February 17, 2009

We never doubted that mobile giant Nokia would make big announcements not long after Sony Ericsson's at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona yesterday, and they didn't disappoint.

Nokia E55
Nokia's "Dean of Devices" Kai Oistamo started off the unveilings in their press conference by introducing what they claim to be the world's most compact and most thinnest smartphone, the Nokia E55.

This sexy smartphone features a compact QWERTY keyboard (with a new predictive text engine), and the works - 3G HSDPA/HSUPA connectivity, a 2.4-inch QVGA screen, 3.2 megapixel camera, 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi, 3.5mm headphone jack and Bluetooth 2.0.

The super-thin E55's ability to have up to 31 days of standby time, and the integration of an active noise reduction feature which removes background noises are perhaps the most appealing features of this phone.

Nokia E55 Demo Video

The Nokia E55 will be released this summer and will be available in silver and black for 265 Euros (approx. B$512).

Nokia E75
The announcement that probably was the most exciting of the day was the introduction of the E75, which sports a full QWERTY keyboard that slides out of its side, inspired by Nokia's Communicator range.

The E75 features a 2.4-inch QVGA screen, 3G HSDPA connectivity, 3.2 megapixel camera, built-in VPN, 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and support for up to 16GB microSD storage. It also will have up to 11 days of standby and 5.4 hours of talktime.

Kai Oistamo claims that the E75 is the best email device that Nokia has ever created to date, with it being the first device that ships with Nokia Messaging. This new application lets you access not only your corporate email, but even personal email ranging from Gmail and Yahoo! Mail to Hotmail, all on one easy-to-use application. Mail set up is a breeze - just input your email address and password and you'll be ready to receive all your email within minutes. There's no need to key in the usual complicated POP setting and what not.

Nokia E75 Demo Video

The Nokia E75 will be available in silver, black, red and yellow from next month at 375 Euros (approx. B$725). Nokia has just started accepting online pre-orders of the phone.

Ovi Store
The final announcement of the day was that Nokia will be launching its very own online app store and next generation media service, the Ovi Store. This store will let users download games, videos, productivity tools and just about any type of application that you're interested in.

It also features a smart content recommendation engine which recommends what to download, based on where you are, among others. For instance, if you've just landed in Singapore, it will prompt you to download travel maps and guides for Singapore, etc. The recommendation engine will even let you know what you're friends and family members have been downloading from the online store.

Over time, the Ovi Store will also learn your tastes and will anticipate what you want.

The highly-anticipated upcoming Nokia N97 smartphone will be the first to be pre-integrated with the Ovi Store once its released in a few months time, but everyone else with a Nokia phone will be able to download the Ovi Store on to their phones starting from May.

Press Event Videos: Nokia at Mobile World Congress 09
Product Pages: Nokia E55, Nokia E75, Ovi Store

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