updated 07:45 am EST, Tue December 14, 2010
Nokia delays E7 to early 2011 in second delay
Nokia on Tuesday confirmed that it had delayed the E7 to sometime in early 2011. The Symbian^3 slider was originally set to ship as recently as December 10 but has been pushed back due to quality issues. The company wants to "ensure the best possible user experience" before the smartphone ships, it said.
The delay is the second for a flagship Nokia phone this year. It had originally planned to ship the N8 sometime in the summer but ended up pushing it back to October. The company gave only vague details at the time, though it has since been hit by a serious power issue that stopped some N8s from turning on.
The delays reflect a problem Nokia has historically had with shipping phones near their announcements. While the gap has been closing, it has in many cases shipped phones like the N97 only several months after they were made public, losing any technical advantage the device had with its early unveiling. It hired a former RIM executive this summer to speed up its release windows, but it's unknown if the new hire has had an opportunity to influence Nokia plans.
Much of the year has been down for Nokia, as it has been rapidly losing share and eroding what were once secure leads in both regular cellphones and in smartphones. It replaced its CEO after failures to reverse the decline. Similarly, it will be losing its smartphone leader and has seen its MeeGo lead defect to Palm.
The aging OS has proven a problem not just in spurring customers to jump to more advanced Android or iPhones but in forcing Nokia to retake control of Symbian after Samsung and Sony Ericsson abandoned the platform and eliminated the incentive to run a public group.