Nokia's Age of Anna - A More Modern Symbian

Ushering in the X7 and E6 - Specs & Hands-on

Nokia X7

Nokia X7

Key highlights of the Nokia X7

  • Symbian Anna
  • 680MHz processor
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • 4.0-inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen / 640 x 360 pixels
  • 8MP camera / Dual LED flash
  • HD video (720p, 25fps)
  • 350MB internal storage with 8GB memory card (support up to 32GB)
  • 1200mAh battery (built-in)
  • 146g
  • 119.7 x 62.8 x 11.9mm
  • Availability: Late June 2011
  • Price: €360 (Local pricing not out yet)

Grilled speakers!

The X7 comes with a unique way to remove your MicroSD or SIM cards - simply push in the slot cover on one end to dislodge it and easily pry the card out.

 We found the metallic brushed back of the X7 rather appealing and in tandem with its tough as nails but stylish exterior. Comes in both black and silver variations.


Nokia E6

Nokia E6

Key highlights of the Nokia E6

  • Symbian Anna
  • 680MHz processor
  • 256MB RAM, 1024MB ROM 
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • 2.46-inch touch-screen glass display / 640 x 480 pixels
  • 8MP camera / full-focus / dual-LED flash
  • HD video (720p, 25fps)
  • 8GB internal storage with up to 32GB with microSD card
  • 1500mAh battery
  • 133g
  • 115.5x 59 x 10.5mm
  • Availability: Early June 2011
  • Price: S$570


A seen from above, the Nokia E6 comes with a 2.46-inch VGA touchscreen and the trademark E-series 4-row QWERTY physical keyboard. Gearing towards the business-centric users, the E6, like the E7, comes with F-Secure and USB OTG (On-the-Go) features.

 The E6 comes in three colors - the black and silver variations will be available on launch in June; the white version will be released a few weeks later.

Overall, we found our experience on the Symbian Anna a largely positive one. Apart from the welcoming cosmetic changes, the user experience on both phones feels a lot faster, smoother and intuitive as compared to those on the N8 and E7 especially in terms of messaging and general navigation. While we initially question the efficiency of a 680MHz processor in a day and age where a 1GHz processor has become the standard, running games like Angry Birds on the X7 was one experience without any glitches.  

With Nokia slowly phasing out the Symbian platform to focus on making Windows Phone 7 smartphones, will these efforts be wasted? We certainly do not think so as there's still quite a while before the Windows based Nokia phones make their appearance.