updated 08:20 am EDT, Tue September 18, 2007
Nokia this morning upgraded its Eseries smartphones with the E51. The new stainless steel design is one of the simplest devices coming from Nokia to include both cellular Internet access and Wi-Fi and is designed to be used both as a business phone and as a personal phone. For professionals, the E51 supports VoIP and can easily run Gizmo or other free apps for Internet calling; it also includes dedicated calendar and e-mail keys as well as a status light that indicates mail from Microsoft Exchange or most any other source. Software also promises a simplified setup for e-mail and a home icon tailored to the most frequently used apps.
But users taking the phone home or using it strictly for personal calls also have access to media features that are often bypassed on business phones. A 2-megapixel camera captures photos and video, while music is supplied from FM radio and media player software. Nokia has yet to provide information about the E51's storage but is likely to supply extra space through a microSD or miniSD card slot.
The company plans to launch its newest smartphone worldwide before the end of the year in a black color with silver or red trim. Pricing is set at 350 Euros ($485) before carrier discounts and may include a US release in keeping with earlier Eseries phones, though Nokia has not given full details for phone and data network support on the new model.