Nokia expected to launch new smartphones next week

During a global media event scheduled for next week, Nokia (NYSE:NOK) is expected to unveil a number of new smartphones that the company believes will compete with the iPhone 4 and the latest Android smartphones. Included in the debut is the highly anticipated E7, which is supposed to use the Symbian ^3 operating system. 

Nokia has revealed very few details of the E7, but bloggers have said that the smartphone will have a full Qwerty keyboard and a 640 x 360 display. 

In April, Nokia unveiled its first smartphone running its Symbian^3 software, the N8. That device was supposed to be a contender in the high-end smartphone battle Nokia is waging against Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), Research In Motion (NASDAQ:RIMM) and a host of other handset makers.

In an interview last month, Nokia executive Niklas Savander, head of the company's sales and marketing, defended the company's smartphone platform choices--Symbian and MeeGo for its high-end offerings--and said that the two platforms give Nokia the best opportunity to deliver value. He also said the company is making steady progress in the U.S. market (he pointed to T-Mobile USA's support of the Nuron).

For more:
- see this TG Daily article

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