When Frank Sinatra died, his fans knew he wasn't coming back. When Elvis died, his fans simply refused to believe he wasn't coming back. Mostly because they're a demented bunch. But when Nokia's Xpress-On covers seemed to have kicked the bucket, their fans simply wondered, "How am I going to express my individuality now?"
Well, we're happy to tell you that Xpress-On fascias are coming back in the form of Nokia's new Supernova range of handsets, namely the 7610, 7510, 7310 and 7210.
The leader of the pack is the 7610 Supernova -- a slider handset running the Series 40 Symbian OS, weighing in at 99g, and not to be confused with Nokia's 7610 from 2004.
This EDGE phone features a 240x320-pixel screen, a 3.2-megapixel camera, dedicated music and camera keys, and an LED flash. We believe it also has a 3.5mm headphone socket, but we've been unable to confirm that at the moment.
There's also a slot for microSD expansion of the internal 30MB of memory, stereo Bluetooth, quad-band compatibility and about 8 hours of talk time. It'll be available in the third quarter of this year for roughly £180 unlocked.
Click through some some close-up shots and details on the next phone in the range, the 7510 Supernova. -Nate Lanxon
The glossy 7610's keypad slides away under the main display. Hugely exciting stuff.
Notice the change in colour? That'll be the Xpress-On stuff working its magic.
A final shot of the 7610, this time in a campy little mauve ensemble.
This is the 7510 Supernova -- another non-3G EDGE handset, this time in a clamshell form factor weighing in at 124g. It's got a pair of screens: a 240x320-pixel primary LCD display, and a 128x160-pixel external display for caller info when the handet's closed.
It too features Xpress-On cover customisation options, a 2-megapixel camera with LED flash, quad-band compatibility, 25MB of internal memory, support for up to 8GB microSD cards, stereo Bluetooth and roughly six hours of talk time from the lithium-ion battery.
It'll be on sale towards the end of 2008 for roughly £140 unlocked. More pictures are overleaf, along with details on the next new Nokia handset, the 7310 Supernova.
Green: the colour of kings. Here it is being worn by the Nokia 7510 Supernova.
Opened up, it's a pretty classic-looking clamshell. Those buttons look particularly easy to text on, too.
Next up in the Supernova range is the 7310 -- a classic-styled tri-band candybar handset, also boasting Xpress-On covers, weighing in at 83g.
Its 240x320-pixel screen complements a 2-megapixel camera, 2.5mm headphone/TV-out socket, and 32MB of internal memory which is expandable to a maximum of 4GB using microSD cards.
It should be on sale in the next few weeks for roughly £120 unlocked. More photos are over the page, followed by details and photos of the entry-level Supernova handset, the 7210.
The 7310 in dark blue -- probably our favourite hue so far.
This colour option resembles Shrek's skin colour rather too much for our liking, but if you're into the naff green look, maybe this is the one for you.
Last but not least in the new Supernova line-up is Nokia's 7210 -- a-esque candybar handset, also featuring Xpress-On covers.
This cute tri-band EDGE-compatible phone weighs 70g, sports a 2-megapixel camera, an LED flash, a 240x320-pixel display, and 30MB of internal memory expandable with microSD cards to a maximum of 2GB.
It'll be on sale in the third quarter of this year for about £95 unlocked.
We'll have full reviews of all the new Supernova handsets as soon as possible, but for now click through for another photo of the 7210. -Nate Lanxon
Glossy and reflective -- just one of the options for personalising your 7210 Supernova.