AT&T Nabs Nokia E71x Smartphone

The Symbian-powered smartphone will be aggressively priced at $99, a sign that Nokia is aiming to have a stronger presence in the U.S. market.

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Nokia E71x Smartphone
The Nokia E71x is a sleek and thin smartphone, but still packs Wi-Fi, 3G, GPS and assisted-GPS, a Flash-capable browser, and Bluetooth.
AT&T will bring Nokia's E71 smartphone to the U.S. market at the attractive price of $99 with a two-year contract and rebates.

The smartphone, which will be called the E71x, sports a 2.4-inch screen and a full QWERTY keyboard. At 4.4 by 2.2 by 0.4 inches, the E71x is a sleek and thin smartphone, but it still packs multiple features for the mobile professional, including Wi-Fi, 3G, GPS and assisted-GPS, a Flash-capable browser, and Bluetooth. Thanks to deals with IBM and Microsoft, the handset can receive push corporate e-mail on the go from about 90% of businesses.

The handset will be powered by Symbian S60 3.2, which may not be too familiar for U.S. customers, but the operating system is a capable one that can handle messaging, multimedia, voice services, and Web browsing.

For multimedia, the handset will be capable of playing various types of audio and video codecs, and it will also have access to XM radio and AT&T's Cellular Video service. The 3.2-megapixel camera can be used for live video streaming over 3G with the carrier's Video Share service. AT&T did not give an exact release date for the E71x, but the company said it would be available soon.

For Nokia, the aggressive price point is a sign that it's looking to play a more prominent role in the United States. While the cell phone manufacturer is the world's leading mobile phone player globally, it's thoroughly being outpaced in the U.S. market by the likes of Apple's iPhone and Research In Motion's BlackBerry line.

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