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Nokia X7 smartphone: 4-inch AMOLED screen, 720p video and updated Symbian software

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April 12, 2011

Nokia X7 smartphone: 4-inch AMOLED screen, 720p video and updated Symbian software

Nokia X7 smartphone: 4-inch AMOLED screen, 720p video and updated Symbian software

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Nokia has officially taken the wraps off its new X7 smartphone – an entertainment and mobile gaming focused unit that packs a 4-inch, 16:9, AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 8 megapixel camera and 720p video capture into nicely chiseled stainless steel casing that's less than half an inch (11.9 mm) thick. Along with the (also freshly announced) QWERTY keyboard equipped E6, the X7 is the first Nokia device to run on the updated Symbian "Anna" platform which introduces a raft of enhancements including new icons, improved text input, faster browsing and a spruced-up version of Ovi Maps.

Though the 4-inch screen size trumps some of the obvious competition, the X7 still seems a little light on pixels with its 640 x 360 resolution. The 8 megapixel camera is enhanced by a face recognition software and a dual LED flash, with 2x digital zoom available for still images and 3x digital for video.

Under the bonnet there's a 680MHz CPU with 256MB RAM (the same as current Symbian^3 phones) and the phone will ship with an 8 GB microSD card (supporting up to 32 GB), includes GPS receivers, an accelerometer for screen orientation and gaming and supports internet tethering.

Nokia X7: 4 inch AMOLED touchscreen

Here's a run-down of the Nokia X7's key specs:

  • Size: 119.7 x 62.8 x 11.9 mm
  • Weight (with battery): 146 g
  • Screen size: 4"
  • Resolution: 16:9 nHD (640 x 360 pixels) AMOLED
  • 16.7 million colors
  • Capacitive touch screen
  • Orientation sensor (Accelerometer)
  • Proximity sensor
  • Ambient light detector
  • Integrated GPS, A-GPS receivers
  • Ovi Maps with free car and pedestrian navigation
  • Wi-Fi network positioning
  • Accelerometer for correct orientation of display
  • Talk-time (max): 6 h 30 min (GSM), 4 h 30 min (WCDMA)
  • Standby time (max): 450 h (GSM), 450 h (WCDMA)
  • 8 GB microSD card included, support for up to 32 GB with an external MicroSD memory card (with hot swap)
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • Micro USB 2.0 connector and charging
  • 3.5 mm Nokia standard audio connector
  • FM Radio
  • Dedicated graphics processor with OpenGL 2.0 enables 3D graphics
  • Java games
  • Handwriting recognition for Chinese
  • Flash Lite 4
  • Camera
    • 8 megapixel camera
    • Fullscreen 16:9 viewfinder with easy on-screen touch controls
    • 3rd generation dual LED flash
    • Face recognition software
    • Focal length: 4.3 mm
    • Aperture: F2.8
    • Zoom up to 2x (digital) for still images
    • Zoom up to 3x (digital) for video
    Video
    • Video capture in 720p 25 fps with codecs H.264, MPEG-4
    • Shoots 16:9 videos in HD
    • Settings for scene, video light, white balance, color tone

    No U.S. wireless carriers have been announced for the Nokia X7 or E6 at this stage, but Three in the UK has picked up the X7 with a release expected in coming months at a price in the €380 range.

    Nokia has also announced that the Symbian Anna update will become available as standard on for Nokia N8, Nokia E7, Nokia C7 and Nokia C6-01 devices.

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    5 Comments

    Really? STILL below the 1 GHz line? Seriously, either use decent cores or stop trying to make smartphones and stick to upgraded cheap phones...

    Lupoi Alexandru-Nicolae
    13th April, 2011 @ 12:31 am PDT

    Put an iPhone beside this new X7 and the buyer will know which to buy straight up.

    Jonathon Ive vs Alastair Curtis, 1:0 (by KO)

    Sam Sim
    13th April, 2011 @ 08:14 am PDT

    Nice for sure, but phone alone does not make a better experience. I do like the look and the OS looks nice but will wait till real reviews come out. For now I will stick with my iPhone 4. Be nice to see it come out in the States but will not be holding my breath on this.

    Still nice to see Nokia in the game again.

    As for Sam Sim sorry but just spec alone does not mean I will get it. I need to see what else it offers. Battery life in real world use is also something important so more horse power but lower battery life is a no for me.

    Unless I can get similar applications and accessories like I have on the iPhone I don't see a reason to switch. Lets wait for some reviews that show how good or not it is.

    What about stuff like Airplay does it have something compatible?

    Facebook User
    13th April, 2011 @ 11:18 am PDT

    Stay away! I have a Nokia X6 "smart" phone and it's a dud design. Symbian is a dud. The apps are dud. The GUI is a dud. The build quality is dud. The whole thing is a dud.

    splatman
    19th April, 2011 @ 05:07 am PDT

    I have the Nokia N97, ok a bit old now, but still it was their "Flagship" phone. Since getting it, I found out the hard way that I cannot even do something simple like edit and sync a text file with it! They use some kind of proprietary format and there's no easy way to use or access it. Also their OVI PC software is so slow and clunky I had to delete it ... even run on an AMD-Quadcore it was barely useable! I will definitely not be getting another Nokia phone when my contract runs out. They just don't know how to make "smartphones".

    Satviewer2000
    23rd April, 2011 @ 01:40 am PDT
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