Today might have marked the formal launch of Windows Phone 7, but Finland’s Nokia isn’t going to let Microsoft have all the thunder: the company has just unveiled the Nokia C7, the company’s second smartphone based on the Symbian^3 operating system. Like most high-end Nokia devices, the C7 is packed with features, including a 3.5-inch AMOLED display, an 8 megapixel video-capable camera, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless networking, assisted GPS, and HSPA Cat9 wireless broadband theoretically capable of up to 10.2 Mbps per second. And, like so many other high-end Nokia devices, it’s being launched in Europe, with no word on when—or even if—it might land in North America.
“The Nokia C7 is our second smartphone based on the new version of Symbian to hit the market,” Nokia smartphone chief Jo Harlow, in a statement. “Designed specifically with the style-conscious consumer in mind, the Nokia C7 also brings excellent social networking abilities, making it perfect for people who want to check-in and stay up to date.”
The C7 follows up on Nokia’s entertainment-focused Nokia N8. The C7 features a sleek glass-and-steel design with physical controls for the camera, volume, power, menus, and calls, but with messaging functions handled by onscreen virtual keyboards. The C7 sports a 640 by 360-pixel 3.5-inch AMOLED touch display, along with an accelerometer, compass, proximity sensor, and ambient light detector: 802.11/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 wireless networking, an assisted GPS, and that video-capable 8 megapixel camera that can handle 720p video capture. The phone is designed with European markets in mind: it features GPRS/EDGE class B along with HSPA Cat9 wireless broadband, meaning it can theoretically get up to 10.2 Mbps; it also supports HSUPA Cat5 with speeds up to 2 Mbps. The phone can let Wi-Fi devices tether to it for mobile data access—oh, and being a Nokia device, it also has that quaint FM receiver. Also on board: 8 GB of built-in storage and a microSD slot for up to 32 GB in removable storage.
The phone runs the Symbian^3 platform, which features full HTML Web browsing, social networking integration for services like Facebook and Twitter, along with Flash Lite 4.0 and Nokia’s suite of Ovi applications: Maps, Store, Video, Photos, Messaging, Web TV, music, contact and calendar management, and more. The phone can also sync with MS Outlook. Nokia is pitching the N7 as a style-conscious social networking device: it’s even staging a Facebook-based promotion where fans can win a C7 for themselves as 20 of their closest BFFs by—you guessed it—using a C7 to plan a party.
But, at least for North America, here’s the rub: the phone will be available in Europe for an estimates retail price of €335 before taxes and subsidies—that’s about US$465. Price and availability will, of course, vary from region to region and operator to operator. Nokia hasn’t announced any plans to bring the C7 to North America.