Nokia has published a video showcasing its partnership with optics maker Carl Zeiss, with an emphasis on the implementation of the Nokia N8's camera. The video details the specialised knowledge need to create the optics, highlights the importance of robustness and discusses the key camera characteristics. While the video has a marketing message, it does offer a rare behind the scenes glimpse of what goes into making a high-end camera phone.
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The Nokia X7 can be pre-ordered from the Nokia UK online shop for £399 SIM Free, £359 on PAYG or from free on a £25 per month contract. It also available for pre-order in Nokia online stores in Germany (€459), Italy (€429) and China. Pre-orders will also be available from a number online retailers shortly. The pre-order page indicates delivery will take place at the end of June.
Nokia has announced, via its Conversations blog, quoted below, that the Nokia E6 and X7 are now shipping. Both devices are due in for review in full retail form at All About Symbian imminently and will receive the usual comprehensive testing. The two phones use the new Symbian Anna version, and this is expected to start rolling out to other Symbian^3 phones soon. Watch this space.
The Nokia E6 can be pre-ordered from the Nokia UK online shop for £349 SIM Free, £339 on PAYG or from free on a £25 per month contract. It also available for pre-order in Nokia online stores in Germany (€429) and Italy (€399). Pre-order will also be available from a number online retailers shortly. The E6 is expected to starting shipping towards the end of June.
A couple of Friday links of interest. Firstly, the Nseries blog guys have put together a nice little piece looking at the various battery technologies used by Nokia over the years, from Ni-Cad to Li-Poly - interesting to see just how much more efficient the modern cells are! Secondly, of interest because of Symbian's traditional expertise in this area, Andre at the My Nokia blog has written a comprehensive look at the way multitasking does (and doesn't) work in Windows Phone Mango, the version Nokia will be using next year in many of their upcoming smartphones.
Nokia today announced the Nokia Oro, a premium Symbian^3 smartphone. Material used in Oro, which is based on the Nokia C7, includes 18 carat gold plating around the edges, high quality Scottish leather on the back and a single sapphire for the home key. Key hardware features include pentaband 3G radio, 3.5 inch AMOLED screen with toughened glass, 8 megapixel EDoF camera and comprehensive connectivity options. The Nokia Oro comes in a nice box and will be available in Q3 in select markets and cost upwards of €800 before taxes and subsidies.
Japan's NTT DOCOMO has announced it summer 2011 collection of mobile devices. Out of twenty-four devices six are based on Symbian^2. They includes devices in the STYLE series (SH-11C and F-10C), PRIME Series (SH-10C and F-09C) and SMART series (F-11C). Also announced is the Fujitsu Loox F-07C, which dual boots Symbian (phone mode) and Microsoft Windows 7 (PC mode).
Nokia has, over the last year or so, increased the number of case and accessories it makes for its mid tier and high end device. The latest addition is a set of Angry Birds snap-on covers / cases for its Symbian^3 devices (Nokia N8, C7, C6-01, E7, X7). Ideal for expressing your Angry Birds love and a possible safety-net for those Angry Birds moments when you're phone goes flying towards a wall (accidentally we're sure). The cases should be available from high street and online retailers in the next month or so.
Thanks to Sergejs for not only videoing Damian Dinning's talk on mastering the N8's camera, at the recent iReporter do in London, but also doing some editing to reduce the best bits into a more palatable 8 minute version, embedded below. Of course, there has been no shortage of N8 camera tips here on AAS over the last six months, but seeing tips in video form is always an accessible way of learning.
Rafe'll be along soon with his own hands-on analysis of the Nokia E6 and X7 prototypes, but until then here's a very interesting little text interview with Chris Probert, the E6 product manager, answering some of the questions that you (and I) have about this new qwerty candybar device, the follow up to the popular E72. The questions cover display brightness, screen size, the lack of an optical sensor, the use of EDoF camera and software compatibility. Worth a read.
Although in theory linked to Nokia's 'Shorts' competition, N8 owners may be interested in Ari Partinen's nice blog post, "8 expert movie making tips for your Nokia N8", which echoes many of the things I've been saying over the last year and, bar a few small typos, is a nice bookmarkable piece that should improve anyone's N8 video capture.
There are two items of interest for All About Symbian readers in Phones Show 136, out today. Firstly, (nearly) the whole thing was shot on the Nokia E7, small EDoF camera and all, demonstrating that for even semi-pro video capture, these EDoF lenses do a darned fine job, better in good light even than the large-sensored Nokia N8. Also of interest is that the show starts with a five minute tour of my own person N8/Symbian setup. Intended for people who aren't AAS geeks, you may still be curious to see what I've got loaded at the moment and why.
Nokia today introduced its fifth Symbian^3 device, the Nokia E6-00, a business and communication-focussed smartphone. With its 2.46 inch, VGA resolution capacitive touchscreen and accompanying full QWERTY keyboard it represents a continuation of the popular Nokia E71 and E72 line.
The E6 features a 8 megapixel EDoF camera, with the ability to record 720p (HD) videos, 8GB of mass memory, a microSD card slot, (the very popular) 1500 mAh BP-4L battery, integrated GPS and comprehensive connectivity options (pentaband 3G, Bluetooth, microUSB and b/g/n WiFi). It will be available, in three colour variants (Black, Silver and White) this quarter (Q2), at a cost of €340 (£300/$490) before taxes and subsidies.
Nokia today announced the X7, a Symbian smartphone with an entertainment focus and premium design. It features a four inch AMOLED touchscreen, well suited for video playback and gaming, an 8 megapixel EDoF camera, comprehensive connectivity options and a full range of social and entertainment software. It has a premium design, which mixes glass and stainless steel, to give a distinctive style with diagonally inset corners and a gently curved back. The X7 will be available in Q2 at a cost of €380 (£335/$548) before taxes and subsidies.
Along with the Nokia E6, it will be one of the first devices to ship with the Symbian 'Anna' software update. This update brings enhanced text entry capabilities (portrait QWERTY and split screen text entry), an improved browser, a fresh icon set and numerous other performance and usability improvements.
Proving, perhaps, that S60 3rd Edition isn't dead, Nokia has just completed its update of the diminutive qwerty-based E72 to v54 firmware (from v52). For non-network locked phones, anyway. It's an over-the-air update, just over 1MB in size (though this varies according to region), and is listed as containing "performance and usability improvements". Comments welcome if you can elaborate on our brief changelog below after updating your E72.