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Nokia Delaying E7 Release Until Next Year

December 14, 2010

Nokia has delayed the release of its next top-of-the-line model smartphone until next year.

The company said it would postpone shipping the E7 model from this month to early next year.  The E7 is similar to its N8 flagship model but has a full slideout keyboard.

“To ensure the best possible user experience on the E7 we have decided to begin shipping in early 2011,” a spokesman for Nokia said on Tuesday.

The N8 was also delayed this year after Nokia admitted that some of the phones had power problems.

The N8 and E7 are flagship models for the new version of Nokia’s Symbian software.

“This rounds out a miserable year for Nokia with regards to getting the new generation of Symbian phones out the door,” Ben Wood, research director at British consultancy CCS Insight told Reuters.

Hannu Rauhala, analyst at Pohjola Bank in Helsinki, told Reuters that expectations for the E7 have not been very high and the news further dampens expectations.  “Uncertainty over the future of high-end models is growing,” said Rauhala.

A weak offering of smartphones and software problems were seen as the main reasons for Nokia replacing its chief executive in September.

Nokia’s last hit model at the top end of the market, the N95, was launched in 2006.

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