Nokia launches four Symbian^3 smartphones

Nokia’s mobile head Anssi Vanjoki may have quit, but that didn’t stop him appearing at the Nokia World conference to announce four new Symbian^3 smartphones as his final swan song.

All four phones are based on the company’s Symbian^3 operating system, which the company hopes will help in its continuing effort to break into the two-horse race that’s the US smartphone market.

“Our new family of smartphones introduced today feature the all-new Symbian OS, rewritten to be faster, easier to use, more efficient and more developer friendly,” said Niklas Savander, executive VP, markets.

First is the entertainment-focused N8, which boasts a 12mp camera with Carl Zeiss lens, and the ability to connect to a home surround sound system via HDMI cable. It will be the first Symbian^3 device to hit the streets – it could be out as soon as the end of this month, for 370 euro.

The C6 and C7 are targeted at social networking. Both feature the company’s Clear Black Display and include an 8mp camera.The C6 uses the  has a 3.2-inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display with 640×360 resolution and can record HD video. It measures four inches by two, and is half an inch thick. It will cost around 260 euros. The C7 offers live updates from social networks, has a 3.5-inch AMOLED screen and will cost 335 euros.

The E7 is aimed at business users and comes with a full slide-out Qwerty keyboard. It has a four-inch polarized AMOLED touchscreen with 640 x 360 resolution. It measures 4.8in by 2.4in by 0.5in. It comes with a number of business applications installed. It’s expected out by the end of the year, costing around 500 euros.

Nokia’s proprietary Symbian operating system is increasingly looking like a millstone around the company’s neck. There was no word at the event of the fate of Meego, the open source mobile OS that it’s developing with Intel.

The company says it is selling 260,000 smartphones a day, and reckons it’ll shift more than 50 million Symbian^3 smartphones in total.