Category: Symbian

Nokia strengthens smartphone portfolio with two new products and a renewed user experience

Nokia E6 extends business mobility range and Nokia X7 introduces a new entertainment device for mobile gamers, both using the latest update of Symbian software

Espoo, Finland – Nokia today announced the Nokia E6 and the Nokia X7, two new smartphones aimed at business people and entertainment enthusiasts respectively. The two devices are the first Nokia smartphones to contain the updated Symbian software, with new icons and usability enhancements such as improved text input, a faster browser and refreshed Ovi Maps.

“We are further strengthening Nokia’s smartphone portfolio with these two new devices, both of which offer a more beautiful and intuitive user experience that will soon also be available for the Nokia N8, Nokia E7, Nokia C7 and Nokia C6-01,” said Jo Harlow, head of Nokia’s Smart Devices business. “With these new products and more Symbian devices and user enhancements coming in the near future, we are confident we can keep existing Nokia smartphone customers engaged, as well as attract new first-time and competitor smartphone users.”

Following on from Nokia’s highly successful Nokia E71 and Nokia E72 devices, the Nokia E6 is a sleek business smartphone with a full QWERTY keypad and a high resolution touch display. Designed using premium materials such as glass and stainless steel, the device comes in a compact size that makes it easy to use with either one hand or two. The Nokia E6 offers exceptional battery life and the best out-of-the-box Microsoft messaging experience on a business smartphone, including access to Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft Communicator Mobile and Microsoft SharePoint.

The Nokia X7 is an entertainment-focused smartphone with a large 4″ display ideal for gaming, and an 8 Megapixel camera for capturing pictures and HD-quality video. A distinctively designed device, the Nokia X7 is made from a combination of seamless stainless steel and glass – delivering a solid and durable feel in the hand. The Nokia X7 comes preloaded with the popular Galaxy on Fire HD and Asphalt 5 HD games.

The Nokia E6 and Nokia X7 are also the first smartphones to contain the complete update of the Symbian software user experience. This update offers a host of usability enhancements, including fresh, new icons, improved text input, a faster internet browsing experience and a refreshed Ovi Maps application with improved search and new public transport routes. The renewed software also offers a strong set of new features aimed at business users in particular, including true enterprise grade security with hardware accelerated encryption, and new e-mail features such as full meeting request support.

In coming months the software update, which is nick-named Symbian Anna, will also be available as standard on newly shipping Nokia N8, Nokia E7, Nokia C7 and Nokia C6-01 devices, as well as available to download on previously purchased models of those same smartphones.

Nokia N8 shipments have started

SINGAPORE, September 30, 2010 – Nokia’s latest entertainment smartphone, the highly anticipated Nokia N8 with Ovi services, has started shipping around the world. Customers who have placed a pre-order for the Nokia N8 in Nokia Online Shops and Nokia retail stores will be the first to receive their Nokia N8. Market availability will vary by country and by operator, with broad availability in the coming weeks.

“With the N8, and the new Symbian software, we are bringing a familiar, faster and more intuitive user experience to the world’s most popular smartphone platform. The Nokia N8 has received the highest amount of consumer pre-orders in Nokia’s history and we are thrilled to start shipments of the N8, the first of Nokia’s new Symbian smartphone range,” says Jo Harlow, Senior Vice President, Smartphones, Nokia.

“To appeal to today’s high-end buyers, smartphones have to be enjoyable, useful and beautiful. Ease of use, excellent multimedia performance and elegant design are all essential elements of the package,” says John Delaney, Research Director, IDC.

The first of a series of smartphones based on the new Symbian, the Nokia N8 is fast and easy to use and supports true multitasking, allowing users to run multiple apps simultaneously and switch between them easily. Dubbed the world’s best camera phone, the Nokia N8 lets you take the highest quality photos and shoot HD-quality videos in supreme clarity with the 12MP camera with Carl Zeiss optics. You can edit photos and videos on-screen and choose from multiple ways to share them; transfer large files to an external hard-drive with USB-on-the-go, or upload photos to social networks like Facebook, Twitter or RenRen straight from the homescreen. All this is delivered in a robust aluminum body in a range of vibrant colors with a real-glass 3.5” AMOLED display.

The Nokia N8 has a black belt in entertainment. Its WebTV apps from channels like E! Entertainment, National Geographic and CNN and the intuitive music player inject an element of fun into idle moments. Plug the device to the home entertainment center to watch HD-quality videos from the big screen with full Dolby Digital Plus Surround Sound. The latest version of Ovi Store, available first on the Nokia N8, gives easy access to more apps – from social networking services like Foursquare to games like Need for Speed Shift or productivity apps like Tesco in the UK.

Like other Nokia smartphones, the Nokia N8 comes with free Ovi Maps walk & drive navigation in more than 70 countries worldwide, with no hidden costs. The latest beta release of Ovi Maps is also available for download from Nokia Beta Labs for the Nokia N8. It features visibility to public transport in 85 cities around the world, as well as real-time traffic, safety camera alerts, visibility to parking and petrol stations, and speed limit warnings.

For more information on the Nokia N8, please visit http://www.nokia.com.sg/find-products/products/nokia-n8

Nokia C6 Review

Nokia C6 is a mid-range 3.2″ resistive touchscreen smartphone with a slide out QWERTY keyboard and comprehensive social messaging software suite. The C6 runs Symbian^1 (but with pervasive kinetic scrolling and widget homescreen, N97-style) and features a 5 megapixel camera, integrated GPS and comprehensive connectivity options. It ships with a full range of Ovi services, including Ovi Maps (free car and pedestrian navigation), Ovi Store (content downloads), Ovi Music (music store), and Nokia Messaging (email and instant messaging).

Nokia is emphasizing the social messaging capabilities of the phone, with Nokia Messaging handling a comprehensive range of email accounts, with various on-board tools for interacting with social networks and with Ovi Store giving access to a range of IM applications.

The 5 MP camera can capture image at the resolution of 2592 x 1944 pixels. Autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, face and smile detection are part of the feature set. The handset is available with GPRS and Wi-Fi for internet access. Several other internet features can be enjoyed such as Yahoo! Messenger, Google Talk and Windows Live Messenger.

Here is how the package looks like :

 

Looking for a cheap mid range symbian phone with silder qwerty keyboard. The Nokia C6 might just suit your basic needs as a phone, social use with 5 mega pixel camera. Check out our unboxing video and upcoming review of this phone.

Nokia debuts ‘Touch and Type’ design with the latest Nokia X3

Espoo, Finland – In a move to continue driving innovation in its market leading mobile phone range, Nokia today unveils the super slim Nokia X3 Touch and Type, with a unique combination of a touch screen and traditional 12 button phone keypad.  As Nokia’s first ‘Touch and Type’ phone, the Nokia X3 allows people to tap quickly on the bright color touch screen, as well as enjoy the familiarity of the full keypad for quick fire text messages and phone calls.  Expected to be on sale in the third quarter, the Nokia X3 is expected to retail for approximately EUR 125, excluding taxes and subsidies.

“Innovation is not just a high-end game. The Nokia X3 is a great example of bringing new consumer value to lower price points,” said Mary McDowell, Executive Vice President of Mobile Phones at Nokia.

“With the Nokia X3 we are giving consumers the best of both worlds by combining a touch screen and a keypad in an affordable device. We have given people a larger screen with clear icons and menus plus kept critical keys such as the send and end keys. We’ve also added dedicated function keys for important links like music and text messaging,” she said.

 

“We have designed the Nokia X3 to be a touch and type device because typing is ideal for SMS and social networking where fast and frequent input is needed, while touch is ideal for functions such as setting alarms, smooth browsing and controlling applications like music and games.

“Our research tells us consumers who have invested years in becoming fast one-handed, one-thumb texters want to maintain their speedy edge for SMS, chat and instant messaging – yet enjoy the benefits of touch as well,” continued McDowell.

With its sleek and modern design coming in at a very thin 9.6mm – making it one of the slimmest Nokia phones ever – the Nokia X3 slips easily into the purse or the pocket, and looks the part with its brushed aluminum back cover which will come in five vibrant colors designed to suit any mood or wardrobe.

Despite its size, the Nokia X3 is jam-packed with features including 3G, WLAN, a music player and an FM radio.

Lovers of the snapshot and social networks will enjoy a great 5 megapixel camera with 4X digital zoom that can take both still and video images.

The Nokia X3 also features dedicated music and messaging keys allowing fast access to important Ovi services including social and entertainment applications.  In addition to Ovi Mail, people’s favorite consumer email and chat accounts can be pushed direct to the phone via Nokia Messaging. 

With a gentle glide over the touch screen people can go online and get access to many services including thousands of apps from Ovi Store. In certain markets, the new phone will also be available with Ovi Music Unlimited, enabling the owner to access a virtually limitless range of the latest hit music that can be stored on the available 16GB memory card.

The Nokia X3 – affordable and accessible touch and type which is simple-to-use and beautifully designed. The Nokia X3 Touch and Type sits alongside the Nokia X3-00, a slider with strong music functionality, which was launched in September 2009.

The Nokia Mini Speaker MD-11. Pocket-sized speakers for big sound

Music lovers can boost the Nokia X3’s inbuilt speaker with some extra ‘oomph’ with the new MD-11, a light pocket-size speaker with great audio quality.   For even more fun, you can connect two for stereo sound – a great way to get the music out of your phone and enjoy with friends.  The Nokia Mini Speaker MD-11 is estimated to retail for EUR 25 excluding taxes and subsidies.

 

Nokia Connection 2010: Your Life. Connected. Featuring new devices and
solutions including the regional debut of the Nokia N8  –  Create, Connect and
Entertain 
 
 

 SINGAPORE,  June 14, 2010  –  At its 10th Nokia Connection event held in Singapore today, Nokia
demonstrated its commitment to deliver new and compelling experiences on its latest range of devices
and solutions, allowing people to create, connect and be entertained like never before.  Nokia announced two new devices, the Nokia X5 and the Nokia X6 8GB, and showcased the Nokia N8 for the first time in the region to more than 150 media, trade and analysts.
 
In a keynote presentation at the opening ceremony, Jo Harlow, Senior Vice President, Smartphones, said, “At Nokia, we aim to satisfy a broad range of customers around the world. MeeGo is our platform for high-end mobile computers.   In mobile phones, we will continue to bring affordable access to mobile communications and services to hundreds of millions of people, connecting them to the Internet for the first time on a Nokia, powered by Series 40.”
 
“With Symbian we are bringing smartphone functionality to the mass market quickly and more affordably.   The beauty is that we can reach many different audiences with this scalable, open source platform.  It is allowing us to truly “democratize smartphones”.  The new Symbian^3 will deliver a very robust feature set  and consumer experience.  The Nokia N8 is our first smartphone based on the Symbian^3 software, and we believe it is a great device for people who want to create amazing content, connect to their favourite social networks and be entertained with the latest on demand Web TV programmes and Ovi Store apps,” added Harlow.
 
Chris Carr, Vice President, Sales in the Southeast Asia Pacific region, commented, “We are living in an era of unprecedented change, and the mobile industry is overhauling itself for the future  –  one that revolves around the internet, content and services as well as constant connectivity.  It is this that is driving the need to deliver greater value and relevance to consumers.   By combining Ovi services with our wide portfolio of devices, we are increasingly offering greater consumer value than our competitors by having the world’s best maps and free global navigation, a great music player with access to millions of songs and an integrated messaging service for social networking and business connectivity.”
 
“Whether it’s  in Australia, Singapore, or in an emerging economy like Bangladesh, our commitment is to bring real value and relevance in all of the markets where Nokia is present.  This remains the goal and the promise of the Nokia brand – to connect people in newer and better ways,” added Carr.
 
Nokia X5 – the social jukebox on the move
Nokia unveiled the new Nokia X5, its latest full QWERTY music device which makes messaging, social networking and listening to your favourite music fun and easy when on the move.  The unique, square slider design makes it a perfect device for teens who enjoy Facebook, chatting, games, music and staying in touch with their peers in unlimited ways.
 

Favorite contacts, emails and social networking sites can be accessed directly from the home screen which makes sending messages and status updates a breeze.  Thousands of games and other social  networking, entertainment and personalization apps can be downloaded from Ovi Store.   On top of that, the Nokia X5 has a great music player with excellent sound quality and loud speakers, offering easy access to the device’s music collection with space for up to 1000 tracks with a 2GB in-box memory card, expandable up to 32GB.  In select markets, the Nokia X5 will include Nokia’s Comes With Music, the unlimited music download service with access to millions of tracks.  With the fun “Surprise Me” feature, you can spin the phone when playing music to jump to a random track. Available in a variety of cool colors, the Nokia X5 is expected to begin shipping during the third quarter of 2010 with an estimated
retail price of EUR 165 before taxes and subsidies.
 
Nokia X6 8GB – the social entertainment experience
Nokia also announced today the Nokia X6 8GB which complements the popular Nokia X6 family. The
Nokia X6 8GB offers a full-blown entertainment experience for people who enjoy music, social
networking, chat and games while on the go. The device provides easy access to thousands of games
and apps in Ovi Store, as well as Ovi Maps with free lifetime navigation and location sharing.
 


In select markets, the Nokia X6 8GB will include Nokia’s Comes With Music service, the unlimited music
download service with access to millions of tracks.  The Nokia X6 8GB also allows the capturing of great
pictures and videos with its 5 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics and dual LED flash.  It is expected
to start shipping during the third quarter of 2010 with an estimated retail price of EUR 225 before taxes
and subsidies.
 
Nokia N8 for a compelling home entertainment experience 
Showcased for the first time to media, trade and analysts in this region,  Nokia’s latest smartphone,
Nokia N8, offers the ability to create compelling content, connect to social networks and enjoy on-
demand Web TV programs and Ovi Store apps, intuitively connecting users to the people, places and
services that matter most.
 


With a 12 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics and Xenon flash, the Nokia N8 offers the ability to
record HD-quality videos and edit them with an intuitive built-in editing suite.  People can enjoy HD
quality video with Dolby Digital Plus surround sound by plugging the device into  their home theatre
system.  People can also update their status, share location and photos, and view live feeds from
Facebook and Twitter in a single application directly on the home screen.
 
The Nokia N8 enables access to Web TV services that deliver programmes, news and entertainment
from channels like CNN, E! Entertainment, Paramount and National Geographic.  In addition to these
international content, Nokia has collaborated with local content providers to bring Web TV content to
consumers in Singapore and Malaysia when the Nokia N8 hits the stores. The local Web  TV content
programmes include Channel NewsAsia, Makansutra, 8TV and TV3 as well as Virtual Malaysia. 
 
Powered by Symbian^3, the Nokia N8 supports gestures such as flick scrolling and pinch-zoom  and
offers multiple, personalizable home screens which can be loaded with apps from Ovi Store.  It is also
Nokia’s first device to be integrated with Qt, a software development environment that simplifies the
development, making it possible to build applications once and deploy across Symbian and other
software platforms.  Enabled with free global Ovi Maps walk and drive navigation, the Nokia N8 is
expected to be available in select markets during the third quarter of 2010 with an estimated retail
price of EUR 370 before taxes and subsidies.

Driving mobile innovation with partnerships
Working closely with developers and reaching out to content providers is important for Nokia to build a
strong winning ecosystem for the millions of Nokia users who want exciting content and apps on their
mobile device.  Representatives of content providers and developers like Channel NewsAsia, Nanyang
Polytechnic and Nerd Attack were present at the Nokia Connection 2010 event to demonstrate to the
media and analysts their innovative applications developed for Ovi Store. 
 
New premium content TimeOut is now available on Ovi Maps
Nokia announced a new local premium content partner for Ovi Maps, TimeOut, a leading arts,
entertainment and nightlife listings and city guide, which will be officially available on June 17, 2010
in Singapore, Malaysia and Australia on a range of Ovi Maps-enabled devices such as the Nokia N97
mini, Nokia E72, Nokia X6, Nokia N97 and Nokia 5800.  The addition of TimeOut broadens the range of
premium content that is already available on Ovi Maps, including HungryGoWhere, Lonely Planet and
Michelin city guides.  Since the launch of the new Ovi Maps free navigation earlier this year, there have
been more than 10 million downloads of the application worldwide.

In the next few pages, we take a look at the various handsets and a video preview of the 3 handsets – X5, X6 and N8.

Nokia today at nokia connections 2010 showcase 3 phones the n8, x5 and x6.

The n8 annouced some time ago is he focus if this show. Featuring the symbiam ^3 os this device feautures multitasking , ovi store, web tv and a carl zeiss 12 megapixel camera capable to take 720p videos using xenon flash. There is also hdmi out for connecting to full HD LCD tv.

With partners like channel newsasia, 8tv, makansutra, users can now catchup with news and infotainment programmes on the go.

Two other phones first seen is the x5 and x6.

Nokia X5 – the social jukebox on the move

Nokia unveiled the new Nokia X5, its latest full QWERTY music device which makes messaging, social networking and listening to your favourite music fun and easy when on the move.  The unique, square slider design makes it a perfect device for teens who enjoy Facebook, chatting, games, music and staying in touch with their peers in unlimited ways.

Favorite contacts, emails and social networking sites can be accessed directly from the home screen which makes sending messages and status updates a breeze.  Thousands of games and other social networking, entertainment and personalization apps can be downloaded from Ovi Store.  On top of that, the Nokia X5 has a great music player with excellent sound quality and loud speakers, offering easy access to the device’s music collection with space for up to 1000 tracks with a 2GB in-box memory card, expandable up to 32GB.  In select markets, the Nokia X5 will include Nokia’s Comes With Music, the unlimited music download service with access to millions of tracks.  With the fun “Surprise Me” feature, you can spin the phone when playing music to jump to a random track. Available in a variety of cool colors, the Nokia X5 is expected to begin shipping during the third quarter of 2010 with an estimated retail price of EUR 165 before taxes and subsidies.

Nokia X6 8GB – the social entertainment experience

Nokia also announced today the Nokia X6 8GB which complements the popular Nokia X6 family. The Nokia X6 8GB offers a full-blown entertainment experience for people who enjoy music, social networking, chat and games while on the go. The device provides easy access to thousands of games and apps in Ovi Store, as well as Ovi Maps with free lifetime navigation and location sharing.

In select markets, the Nokia X6 8GB will include Nokia’s Comes With Music service, the unlimited music download service with access to millions of tracks.  The Nokia X6 8GB also allows the capturing of great pictures and videos with its 5 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics and dual LED flash.  It is expected to start shipping during the third quarter of 2010 with an estimated retail price of EUR 225 before taxes and subsidies.

We will post more pictures and videos later. Stay tuned to ocworkbench

More details with pictures and videos here.

 

The annaul CommunicAsia 2010 trade show is about to begin in 2 days time in Singapore. This annual event has attracted trade visitors and media from around the globe to check out the latest wireless technology and most importantly mobile phones.

As usual, the major brands will be missing from the show. Sony Ericsson and Nokia will be holding their own private events at hotel ballrooms on two seperate days.  Koeran companies LG will have no presense at the exhibition as well.  Japanese giant NTT Docomo will have a more significant presense this year, showcasing it’s LTE technology and Xperia series of Sony Ericsson phones at the show.

In conjunction with the event, the local telcos won’t be sitting back. It is said that one of them will be announcing more exclusive phones to their stable of Android phones. Perhaps, one of the three might just announce the availability of iPhone 4 and iPad for the local market during this period of time.

So, stay tuned while we bring you more this coming week.

Are you missing out from your 2010 World Cup due to the hefty 90 dollars that Singtel and Starhub is charging? Worry not. If you happen to have an any phone* with Skyfire browser (*WM phones or *Android phones or *Nokia phones). Video will only stream when match is live (please check your local match timing) and key in this http://futbol.univision.com/fifacopamundial/partidos-en-vivo/

Happy Watching!

Microsoft Communicator Mobile for Nokia Debuts

                                            First deliverable from Microsoft and Nokia alliance aims to simplify mobile collaboration 

SINGAPORE, 5 May 2010 – Today, Microsoft and Nokia launched the first application from their alliance around mobile productivity, Microsoft Communicator Mobile for Nokia devices. This new unified communications client connects directly with a company’s communications systems to streamline mobile collaboration. Owners of a number of Symbian based Nokia Eseries smartphones can download the English version today from Nokia’s Ovi Store, the easiest place to get content on their Nokia device.

“Our alliance with Nokia aims to bring the Office productivity experience to the millions of people using Nokia smartphones around the world,” says Kirt Debique, General Manager at Microsoft. “With the arrival of Communicator Mobile for Nokia today, we have a great start to fulfilling our joint vision.” 

Communicator Mobile enables people to see their colleagues’ availability, and click to communicate with them using the best method, from IM to email, text to phone call. The names and status of colleagues are embedded directly into the devices’ contacts application, enabling people to update their own presence, start and join instant messaging sessions, and begin calls directly from the contact card.

“This application really provides a much more efficient way to work with others as you can see if someone is busy or available, and the best way to start a conversation with them,” says Ukko Lappalainen, Vice President at Nokia. “It also meets all of the requirements for enterprise: cost effective to implement, secure, familiar and reliable.”

The launch is the first product from the alliance – announced last August – which was the first time either company had embarked on an agreement of this scope and nature. Since then, the two companies have been collaborating on the design and development of new solutions, as well as embarking on joint marketing efforts around others they already share.

“As part of our push to constantly enhance our unified communications proposition, we are keen to extend the collaborative benefits of Microsoft Communicator Mobile to Nokia devices,” says Scott Petty, Director at Vodafone Group Business Services. “Communicator Mobile offers great potential for our large corporate customer base who have already deployed Communicator for desktop and now are looking to extend that existing infrastructure to mobile.”

“We trial all potential offerings ourselves and have been very happy with the internal response and productivity increase we have experienced using Microsoft Communicator Mobile,” says Roger Wüthrich-Hasenböhler, Executive Vice President at Swisscom / Webcall. “Having these two companies work together is really helping us serve the needs of our customers.”

This new application, available initially for Nokia E72 and Nokia E52, adds to the work Nokia is already doing in optimizing direct access to email and other personal information with Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync. The companies plan to deliver Communicator Mobile for Nokia pre-installed on select Nokia smartphones in the future and plan to support additional devices, including the recently announced Nokia E5.

Social networking and messaging brought to life with the Nokia C3, Nokia C6 and Nokia E5.

Singapore, April 13 2010
– Nokia has announced three new handsets – the Nokia C3, Nokia C6 and Nokia E5 – designed to put better messaging and social networking tools in the hands of more people around the world, at affordable prices. These new handsets feature full QWERTY keyboards, and enable access to a range of different email accounts, IM communities and social networks.

“Our messaging device range is very successful,” said Anssi Vanjoki, Nokia’s Head of Markets. “Services that provide easy access to the world’s consumer and corporate email and instant messaging are really popular on our QWERTY smartphones such as the Nokia E71, Nokia E72 and Nokia E63.  People want the best messaging and social networking experience on an affordable device, whether it’s sending a simple text or instant message, an email, or a direct message from their Twitter account. The Nokia C3, Nokia C6 and Nokia E5 are made for just that.” 

The Nokia C3 is the first device to bring a full QWERTY keyboard to the world’s most popular mobile phone platform – Series 40 – and is the first in the range to enable access to social networks directly on the homescreen. People can view, comment, update their status and share pictures to their favourite social networks such as Facebook and Twitter.

At an estimated price of EUR 90, before taxes and subsidies, the Nokia C3 also comes with Ovi Mail and Ovi Chat, meaning first time users can set up email and chat accounts straight from the device, without the need for a PC. Other notable features are the Wi-Fi connectivity, a two megapixel camera, rich color 2.4 inch screen and support for up to an 8GB memory card. The Nokia C3 is expected to be available in the second quarter of 2010 in a variety of appealing colors, including golden white, slate grey and hot pink.

The Nokia C6 is a Symbian-based smartphone combining the benefits of a 3.2 inch touch screen with a full slide out keyboard. The large screen provides a great Internet experience, as well as offering access to Facebook feeds directly on the homescreen. A full suite of email and social networking capabilities means the Nokia C6 is perfect for people who want to stay up to date while on the go.

Expected to be available in the second quarter of 2010 at an estimated price of EUR 220, before taxes and subsidies, the Nokia C6 has an impressive feature set including a high quality five megapixel camera with autofocus and flash, and Ovi Maps with free walk and drive navigation. In addition, thousands of apps – from games and videos to news aggregators and web services – are available in the Ovi Store.

Rounding off the trio is the latest addition to the Nokia Eseries range, the Nokia E5. Designed for those that want to be productive in both their professional and personal lives, the Symbian-based Nokia E5 follows the successful blueprint of devices such as the Nokia E71, Nokia E72 and Nokia E63. The Nokia E5 combines high quality business features with all of the personal networking and entertainment capabilities that a busy professional expects from a smartphone.

The Nokia E5 is perfect for managing busy schedules with a variety of productivity applications available in the Ovi Store. And with direct access to over 90 percent of the world’s corporate email through Mail for Exchange and IBM Lotus Notes Traveler, it’s easy to keep in contact from anywhere.

Estimated price of the Nokia E5 is EUR 180, before taxes and subsidies, with expected availability in the third quarter of 2010.

The Sony Ericsson Vivaz is already on the shelves. It is a Symbian based phone with recording capability in HD 720p format. It is also tightly integrated to social media tools allowing you to upload after shooting a picture or video.

Sony Ericsson Vivaz™ basic specs :
8.1 megapixel camera
4x digital zoom
Auto focus (photos)
Continuous auto focus (video)
Face detection (photos)
Geo tagging
Image stabiliser
Photo light
Send to web
Smile detection
Touch capture
Video light
Video recording (720p HD recording)

If you own the Satio or the Vivaz, you can now download and install a new application, the free Sound Equaliser.

For most markets there is now an free application called “Equalizer” available on PlayNow in the music category under applications. This equalizer will give you the following different options: Off, Classical, Jazz, Dance, Party, Pop, Rock, Spoken Word, Loudness, Mega Bass and Treble Boost. As I understood it it will equalize all music played in the phone, also the setting it makes is global and stay there if the Equalizer application is closed and also even stays after rebooting the phone. There are two important notes though: First of all this application needs the latest update to work on Satio (on Vivaz it works on the launch SW of course) and also since it’s a separate application it needs to be started separately when you want to start using it i.e. it’s not included under options in e.g. the music player. When an equalizer setting has been chosen it should stay even if the application is closed or the phone rebooted.

Sony Ericsson mobile roadmap for 2010

Mr Vautier of Sony Ericsson revealed more about Sony Ericsson’s mobile plans for year 2010 after the hiccups of Aino and Satio in 2009 in an interview with mobiletoday uk.

In the interview, Mr Vautier will focus on a very narrow, focused portfolio for the higher value segment.

Two of such products are the Xperia X10 and Vivaz. It fuses communication and entertainment with Timescape and Mediascape. It differentiates and help Sony Ericsson provide a better user experience for their products.

There are 5 key products to be launched by Q2. There will be a number of Walkman phones. There will be a total of 14 to 16 key devices in 2010.

On what platform will Sony Ericsson focus on, Mr Vautier said that they will Android, Symbian and Microsoft, underneath they will have their own OSE platform.

It remains to be seen how Sony Ericsson will use Mediasape and Timescape on Windows Mobile 7 as Microsoft wanted a unified interface across all brands running its OS.

Sony Ericsson set the stage for MWC by announcing three new handsets in a press event held on the day before the launch of the international mobile phone conference. Sony rolled out two new compact Android handsets based upon the design of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 and one Symbian-powered handset phone that is the big brother to the previously announced Vivaz. The X10 mini and X10 mini pro are similarly spec’d handsets with the X10 Mini Pro sporting a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. The Vivaz Pro is a slightly modified version of the Vivaz and offers a QWERTY keyboard, a touchscreen interface and the Symbian S60th 5th edition operating system. All three handsets are expected to launch in Q2 2010 in select markets.

Both the mini X10 and mini X10 Pro include:

  • 600 MHz Qualcomm MSM7227 processor
  • 5 megapixel camera with autofocus and geotagging
  • 2.55 inch QVGA touchscreen display
  • aGPS
  • Google Maps
  • Wisepilot™ turn-by-turn navigation
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth
  • Full suite of Google services
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • microSD expansion with 2GB card included in the retail package
  • Android 1.6 with Sony Ericsson Timescape
  • UMTS HSPA 900/2100, GSM GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900
  • UMTS HSPA :850/1900/2100, GSM GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900
  • X10 mini will be available in Pearl White, Black, Pink, Lime, Red and Silver
  • X10 mini pro will be available in Black and Red.

The Sony Vivaz Pro will feature

  • slide out QWERTY keyboard
  • 3.2 inch, 360 x 640 16:9 resolution touchscreen display
  • 720 MHz processor
  • 5.1 megapixel camera with 4x digital zoom, autofocus, face detection and geotagging
  • 720p HD recording
  • Video calling (main camera)
  • WebKit web browser
  • social networking support
  • A-GPS
  • Google Maps
  • Wisepilot turn-by-turn navigation
  • 3.5 mm audio jack
  • Bluetooth technology
  • DLNA Certified (photos and audio)
  • TV out (VGA resolution)
  • Wi-Fi
  • microSD with 8GB microSD in the package
  • Symbian S60 5th edition
  • UMTS HSPA 900/2100, GSM GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900
  • UMTS HSPA 850/1900/2100, GSM GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900
  • Available in Black and White

Read [Sony Ericsson X10 mini and X10 mini pro] Read [Sony Vivaz pro]

  • Sony Ericsson Vivaz – the second installment in a new family of communication entertainment phones also introduces HD video capabilities into the portfolio
  • New ‘human curvature’ design philosophy delivering beauty inside and out
  • Coming to market in the first quarter of 2010

London – January 21 2010Sony Ericsson Vivaz, announced today, follows on from the Xperia X10 announced in November 2009, and is the second phone in the new family of communication entertainment phones coming to market in the first half of 2010. Sony Ericsson Vivaz will come to market in Q1 2010.

With Sony Ericsson Vivaz communication truly becomes entertainment with high quality HD video allowing consumers to produce and broadcast their best experiences with the latest video capture and sharing features.

  • Capture - record spontaneous moments and memories in HD quality and crisp high resolution for a real-life video experience. The dedicated video key allows consumers to shoot video instantly with continuous auto focus for the perfect film every time.
  • View – review video content in the standby panel or online via Wi-Fi on the 3.2 inch widescreen
  • Share - upload via Wi-Fi onto YouTube™ and Picasa in high resolution while still using other features on the handset

The open platform also allows users to personalise their entertainment experience by downloading great applications through PlayNow™ and the Symbian™ Developer Community.

“User-generated content, especially video, is exploding on the web,” said Lennard Hoornik, Head of Marketing, Sony Ericsson. “With Sony Ericsson Vivaz, we have created a mobile phone that makes it easy to catch life in high quality video and upload that self expression onto the web to share with the world. Sony Ericsson Vivaz offers beauty inside and out with an open and intuitive user experience allowing consumers to capture, view and share their lives and spontaneity in HD quality.”

Sony Ericsson Vivaz features the new design philosophy ’human curvature’, first introduced with the Xperia X10, which will become a consistent feature of Sony Ericsson’s portfolio going forward. Designed to mirror the shape of the human body, and at the same time delivering a precise and compelling phone interaction, Sony Ericsson Vivaz™ is instantly recognisable.

Sony Ericsson Vivaz

  • HD video – produce and broadcast your best experiences with the latest video capture and sharing features
  • Social networking – easy access to social networks such as Facebook™ and Twitter
  • 8.1 megapixel camera – capture life’s moments in high quality
  • Face and smile detection – a perfect picture every time
  • Sony Ericsson Media Player

Sony Ericsson Vivaz supports UMTS HSPA 900/2100 and GSM GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900, UMTS HSPA 850/1900/2100 and EDGE 850/900/1800/1900.

Sony Ericsson Vivaz will be available in selected markets from Q1 in the colours Moon Silver, Cosmic Black, Galaxy Blue and Venus Ruby.

Log on to The Sony Ericsson Product Blog for more information: http://blogs.sonyericsson.com/products

Sony Ericsson Vivaz

Camera

  • 8.1 megapixel camera
  • 4x digital zoom
  • Auto focus (photos)
  • Continuous auto focus (video)
  • Face detection (photos)
  • Geo tagging
  • Image stabiliser
  • Photo light
  • Send to web
  • Smile detection
  • Touch capture
  • Video light
  • Video recording (720p HD recording)

Music

  • Album art
  • Bluetooth™ stereo (A2DP)
  • Media player
  • Music player
  • Music tones (MP3/AAC)
  • PlayNow™
  • TrackID™

Web

  • Bookmarks
  • Google™ search (from standby)
  • Web feeds
  • WebKit web browser

Voice

  • Speakerphone
  • Vibrating alert
  • Video calling (main camera)

Messaging

  • Conversations
  • Email
  • Handwriting recognition
  • Instant messaging
  • Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync®
  • Picture messaging (MMS)
  • Predictive text input
  • Sound recorder
  • Text messaging (SMS)

Design

  • Auto rotate
  • Picture wallpaper
  • Symbian OS™
  • Touchscreen

Entertainment

  • 3D games
  • Facebook™ application
  • FM radio
  • Java
  • Twitter™ application
  • Video streaming
  • Video viewing
  • YouTube™

Organiser

  • Alarm clock
  • Calculator
  • Calendar
  • Document readers
  • Flight mode
  • Notes
  • Phone book

Location-based services

  • A-GPS
  • Google Maps™
  • Wisepilot™ turn-by-turn navigation* (free trial version)

*The service may not be available in every market. For more information, go to www.sonyericsson.wisepilot.com

Connectivity

  • 3.5 mm audio jack
  • Bluetooth™ technology
  • DLNA Certified™ (photos and audio)
  • Micro USB connector
  • Modem
  • PictBridge printing
  • Synchronisation
  • TV out (VGA resolution)
  • USB mass storage
  • USB support
  • Wi-Fi™

Preloaded applications

  • Facebook™ – social networking
  • Google Maps™ – navigation
  • QuickOffice – Microsoft® Office viewer Road Sync – synchronisation
  • SMS Preview – messaging app
  • Twitter – social networking
  • YouTube™ – video sharing
  • Water Level – tool app
  • Wisepilot™ – navigation
  • World Mate – clock and weather app
  • Rally Master Pro
  • SSX Snowboarding

Screen

  • 16.9 nHD wide touch screen
  • 16,777,216 colour
  • 3.2 inches
  • 640 x 360 pixels nHD

Scratch-resistant
Accessories
In-Box:

  • Sony Ericsson Vivaz™
  • Battery
  • HPM-60J Stereo portable handsfree
  • 8GB microSD™ card
  • Micro USB cable for charging, synchronisation and file transfer
  • User documentation

Optional:

  • Wireless Stereo Headphones HBH-IS800
  • Stereo Portable Handsfree MH700
  • SD USB Adapter CCR-80

Facts 1)2)

  • Size: 107 x 521.7 x 12.5 mm
  • Weight: 97 grams
  • Phone memory: Up to 75 MB
  • Memory card support: SanDisk microSD™, up to 16 GB
  • Memory card included: 8 GB microSD™ card
  • Operating system: Symbian S60 5th edition
  • Processor: 720MHz
  • Talk time GSM/GPRS: Up to 13 hrs
  • Standby time GSM/GPRS: Up to 430 hrs
  • Talk time UMTS: Up to 5 hrs 20 min
  • Standby time UMTS: Up to 440 hrs
  • Video call time: Up to 2 hrs 30 min

Availability and versions

Networks

  • UMTS HSPA 900/2100
  • GSM GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900
  • UMTS HSPA 850/1900/2100
  • GSM GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900

Available in selected markets from Q1 2010

Colour

  • Moon Silver
  • Cosmic Black
  • Galaxy Blue
  • Venus Ruby