updated 07:25 am EDT, Wed May 6, 2009
Nokia today stepped out of its usual schedule to update its entry business smartphones with the E52. The handset replaces the E51 and has the familiar, extra-slim candybar design but much longer talk time: where the E51 officially managed 4.4 hours, the E52 can run for up to 8 hours of calls on GSM and a still-long 6 hours on 3G. It also gets an upgrade to a 3.2-megapixel camera and GPS while adding the e-mail UI and Ovi service access from the E75.
The phone continues to bring 802.11g Wi-Fi and uses microSD cards up to 4GB for the brunt of its storage. Bronze and silver colored versions of the E52 will be available when it ships in the second half of the year for the equivalent of $326 before carrier discounts; expect a US release either unlocked or through AT&T due to support for local HSPA-based 3G bands.