Nokia unveils new trio of E series smart phones

Nokia announces three new E series smart phones at 3GSM.

Things are hoppin' at the 3GSM World Congress, and Nokia's certainly contributing to the par-tay with a number of announcements this morning. First, the company has added three new models to its E series of smart phones: the Nokia E61i, the Nokia E65, and the Nokia E90 Communicator. Keeping in line with the rest of the series, the new devices are aimed at business users and have a long laundry list of corporate-friendly features. However, the E61i, E90, and E65 also offer new, sleeker designs that say, "Hey, us business peeps can have fun, too." Here is a quick summary of what each mobile has to offer and expected availability dates.

Nokia E65: Perhaps the most exciting of the three, the Nokia E65 sports a snazzy slider design while remaining business-tough on the inside. The handset has a new one-touch key on the front cover that gives you quick access to frequently used apps, and you also can organize these favorites on your home screen with a feature called Active Standby. In addition, the E65 can be integrated with a number of corporate telephony systems and e-mail solutions. The Nokia E65 is available now in selected markets with a worldwide release planned during Q1.

Nokia E61i: Similar to the Nokia E62, the E61i has a new keyboard design with navigation and one-touch keys, and an upgraded 2-megapixel camera. There are e-mail options aplenty, with support for Nokia Intellisync, Good Mobile Messaging, Mail for Exchange, Seven Mobile Mail, and BlackBerry Connect. The Nokia E61i also can handle document editing and has a built-in media player. Expected availability for the phone is Q2.

Nokia E90 Communicator: A much-needed upgrade to the Nokia 9300, the E90 now joins the E series family and upgrades to the S60 platform, so you have access to more mobile apps. The 3G-capable phone also has integrated Wi-Fi, as well as GPS and Nokia Maps, so you can use it as a handheld navigator. Other goodies include an FM radio, a media player, a 3.2-megapixel camera, and a 16 million-color display. The E90 is scheduled for release during Q2.

As with all of Nokia's super-cool cell phones and smart phones, the U.S. availability of the new E series is up in the air. Nokia has said it's working on making it easier to purchase unlocked versions of phones from its Web site, though it'll cost you a pretty penny. We're working ourselves to wrangle up these phones for review, so check back soon; also check out News.com for more information on today's announcements.

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