Well, Nokia is not the force that it once used to be. And there are enough reasons to prove that faction. We think that Nokia’s inability to live up to the market conditions has cost the company dearly. But now it almost seems like Nokia is set to prove everybody wrong. The company has had a great month so far with the announcement of the Nokia E6, Nokia N9 and N950 along with the unexpected unveiling (leak) of the Nokia Sea Ray (the company’s first Windows Phone handset). And now the company has launched another new handset in the form of the Nokia X7.
The X7 will be a Symbian Anna running handset with a relatively bigger 4 inch AMOLED display with scratch proof Gorilla Glass display, an 8MP camera capable of HD video playback and recording, a 680 MHz processor (nothing new there), 320MB of internal storage with an 8GB microSD card. The handset is priced at Rs 21,999 which makes it slightly overpriced.
Nokia endorses the X7 as a gaming oriented handset which means that Nokia could well be targeting the young with this handset. Dubbed as high definition gaming device, games from EA Games can be downloaded for the X7 from the Ovi Store. The bigger display real estate will certainly add to the fun. Usability wise the Nokia X7 is an upgrade over the other Symbian handsets mainly because of Symbian Anna. With Symbian Anna, users apparently will see improvements in the stock web browser, in terms of speed and usability. We’re not sure if these minor improvements are worth Rs 22,000, but well that has been the case with any Nokia handset in the past. We wouldn’t be surprised if the handset sells like hotcakes in the country with India being one of Nokia’s prime markets. But with the advent of Android, users have become slightly picky over smartphones.
Mahesh (MGIT ECE 4th year)
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