Nokia has lifted the lid on the first two smartphone challengers to run the all-new version of its Symbian operating system, as it looks to win back market and mindshare from Android and the iPhone.
The X7 and E6 run a revamped version of the OS dubbed 'Symbian Anna' intended to make Nokia phones more appealing to the mass market and more user-friendly.
Key changes include new icons and better text input via a slicker virtual keyboard. Also on board is a refreshed take on Ovi Maps with improved search and new public transport routes and a mobile web browser claimed to be four times as fast as the one it replaces.
To appeal to the enterprise user, Symbian Anna will also add a suite of business features, such as “true enterprise grade security with hardware accelerated encryption, and new e-mail features such as full meeting request support”.
Aimed squarely at that demographic, the E6 teams a physical QWERTY keyboard with a high-res touchscreen, plus what Nokia claims is 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 X7 is a more mainstream bit of kit all-round. Optimised for entertainment, it’s home to a four-inch display, an eight-megapixel snapper with HD video recording and the games Galaxy on Fire HD and Asphalt 5 HD pre-loaded.