Nokia Rolls Out E52 Smartphone

The Symbian-powered handset packs Wi-Fi, 3G, corporate e-mail capabilities, and a battery that Nokia says can provide up to eight hours of talk time.
Nokia E52 Smartphone
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Nokia E52 Smartphone
Nokia released another device in its E Series line of smartphones, and the E52 is aimed at corporate professionals who need to stay connected while on the go.

Unlike smartphones such as the E71x, the E52 lacks a full QWERTY keyboard and opts for a traditional nine-key input method. The E52 has a sleek and slim design with a metallic finish, as well as a 2.4-inch screen that has a 240-by-320-pixel resolution.

The lack of a full keyboard doesn't mean the E52 is a messaging slouch, though, as it can receive corporate e-mail from Microsoft Exchange and Lotus Notes accounts. Additionally, the Symbian-powered handset will come packed with Nokia Messaging, which gives users free push e-mail from the likes of Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, and other ISP or Web-based accounts.

To stay connected, the E52 has EDGE, Wi-Fi, and 3G connectivity that's capable of getting 10.2-Mbps downlink speed. The handset also has a GPS chip that can be used with cellular data for assisted GPS services such as location-based searches and navigation features.

Nokia's smartphone is also a capable media player, as it can play multiple types of video and audio files. It also packs a 3.2-megapixel camera with an LED flash, Bluetooth 2.0, an FM radio, and expandable memory via a MicroSD slot.

The handset boasts an impressive eight hours of talk time, and Nokia said it can get up to 23 days of standby time. The E52 will ship in the second half of the year, priced about $325 before taxes and subsidies. It's likely to ship in major European markets first, and then expand to other regions.

Nokia's decision to create the Symbian Foundation and to open up the OS should have major ramifications throughout the smartphone market. InformationWeek evaluated the impact of this move, and the report can be downloaded here (registration required).

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