Missing its originally slated Q4 2010 launch due to an unspecified minor hardware issue, the Nokia E7 first charmed us in September with its stunning slide-and-tilt aluminum bodied design, 4-inch AMOLED ClearBlack capacitive touch screen, four-row QWERTY keyboard, 16GB inbuilt storage, and 8MP camera with 720p HD video recording. Being a more productivity focused device to its very similar non-QWERTY stablemate, the Nokia N8, the E7 also runs the latest version of the Symbian OS and is primarily aimed at business users.
The Finnish giant has announced that the E7 is now finally shipping and slated to launch in select markets this week, with the UK most likely first in line closely followed by other European and international markets. There currently isn't confirmation of when the E7 will arrive in the US, but it hopefully will be among the next round of countries to welcome the device.
The strengths of Nokia's latest device clearly lie in the hardware, with many positive impressions of the excellent AMOLED screen, keyboard, and overall design in particular. But running the evolving Symbian OS, which is still playing catch-up to iOS and Android, and featuring some older hardware that will easily be eclipsed by other devices launching throughout this year makes me wonder whether the delay has severely dented the E7's chances of making an impact.[Engadget]