Nokia Builds Upon E71 With E72 Smartphone


Seems like we only just got the Nokia E71 here in the U.S. Oh wait, that’s because we did. Don’t panic if you bought a Nokia E71x recently, because the new E72 won’t likely be seen until the third quarter of this year — probably later in these parts. So what’s new, besides the model number itself?

It looks like Nokia built upon the very capable E71 and added or improved these features:

  • 3.5mm headset jack moved to the top
  • 5-megapixel camera
  • D-pad now supports optical navigation
  • Digital compass
  • Active noise cancellation
  • Support for faster 3G, up to 10.2 Mbps where networks support it, i.e., not in the U.S.

Although there are no guarantees, I’m thinking that this device has a good chance for a U.S. subsidy, although probably not until 2010. The best likely indicator would be AT&T (s T) sales numbers for the Nokia E71x. If that’s a decent seller, and AT&T is enjoying a relatively higher-than-average monthly revenue per user for E71x owners, odds are favorable for an E72 subsidy.

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