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Nokia launches E63 with mass market appeal

What Mobile
November 12, 2008

It hasn’t been a particularly well kept secret, but then has anything from Nokia recently (see this story from Engadget)?

The E63 will begin shipping in a matter of weeks, with a SIM-free price that should be below £200.

Although similar to the E71, there are some compromises that include a lower resolution camera (2-megapixels, with flash, instead of 3.2), no GPS and being made out of plastic instead of metal.

What it does include is 3G and HSDPA, Wi-Fi, a QVGA display, a 3.5mm headphone socket and a microSDHC card slot for memory expansion up to 16GB. There’s also a new torch mode, which is activated by pressing the incredibly small space bar.

We believe that, like the E71, the phone will still only use S60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 1 (FP1) which does mean some features enjoyed by users of the N96, N85 or even Samsung’s i8510 will be missing. Although they’re mainly cosmetic (e.g. animated transitions ala-iPhone) it is a bit disappointing for something being aimed more at a consumer than business user.

MORE INFO: www.nokia.com

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