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Phones of the future

Here are five Nokia handsets, unveiled at Nokia World 2010, that you should keep an eye out for.

india Updated: Sep 21, 2010 13:41 IST
Shayne Rana

Nokia World 2010 and the Developer’s Summit, held in London, was quite an event this year. Here’s a closer look at the new phones that were showcased.



C3-01 — Touch & Type


Although they’ve cut down the C3 to a candy-bar from a QWERTY, they’ve added the Touch & Type system to this device. It’s a first for Nokia. The demo devices showcased a very smooth, next gen S40 UI which will make it a very user-friendly device.



X3-02 Touch & Type

Unlike the rather sober looking C3-01, the X3-02 is a very funky looking handset with a large keypad and the same easy to use UI. It’s going to be available in a range of upbeat colours, and will offer quite a bit of media and social networking capabilities. What remains to be seen is the battery life though. With the addition of Wi-Fi and 3G, this is going to be a hard handset to beat in its class.



C6-01


The C6 is due to hit India anytime now. The one we’ll see is not the model that was announced at Nokia World 2010. This is the C6-01 sans slide-out QWERTY keypad. It’s not as vibrant in terms of colour options as the original, but without the keypad it does look a little slimmer. At least we now have the option for those not looking for the added weight of a physical keypad. It’s a neat handset with a squared off look.



The introduction of the ClearBlack Display will be very handy in the sunny Indian outdoors.



C7

Although similar to the C6, the C7 has an oval form that gives it a stylish look. It’s easy to handle since it weighs just 130 g and is super slim at just 10.3 mm. Like the C6, this one also supports multi-touch.


The C7 has a couple of additional features over the C6. The OS may be the same, but the display is a tad larger and this model is equipped with dual microphones for active noise cancellation.



E7 Communicator


The E7 Communicator has taken on a whole new look that’s slim, sleek, sexy and so much lighter. In form, it’s quite like the N8 with a superb slide out QWERTY keypad and it still manages to retain a 13.6 mm depth, making it easier to carry around.



The large angled (when opened) display certainly makes viewing anything a real treat. An added bonus is a Dolby Digital Sound engine that’s thrown in. Another relevant bonus is the 16 GB of internal memory with support for an additional 32GB via memory cards. Unlike the N8, the E7 has a removable battery. This one too played AVI files.



While there’s no official word on the launch dates of these handsets, we can expect to see the N8 for Diwali and the C3-01 and X3-01 should be available soon as well.