Monday rumor fest: 4 new Samsung WinMo/WinPho 7 Series, Nokia E7-00 Symbian^3 E-series handsets coming this summer

Somehow, the first quarter of this year, has been pretty quiet for both Samsung and Nokia.

Nokia’s presence at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona totally sucked. Yes, I know, MeeGo and everything. But not a single device to help Symbian with their ^3 version launch… C’mon

Samsung’s presence at MWC wasn’t much better. Yes, they had a huge stand at the show. But with their single-minded focus on Bada this and Bada that, only one Bada device – Wave, which is basically a soaped up Jet, available, it was really boring.

Well, if a rumor mill now starting to spin, has any substance to it, things are about to get much more interesting for the two biggest mobile handset makers in the world.

Let’s start with Samsung.

According to Mobile review.com, Samsung has 4 powerful Windows Mobile handsets ready for this summer. And, they are currently in talks with Microsoft to make these handsets officially upgradeable to Windows Phone 7 Series OS in January 2011. If the talks are successful, new Samsung Windows Phone Starter Pack handsets, and their upgrade path to 7 Series, will be announced at the same time. At launch, the new Samsung handsets should be the most powerful Windows Mobile devices on the market, significantly ahead even from HTC HD2. And,  if I’m reading this tweet by Eldar Murtazin right, at least one of them will come 4” Super-Amoled display and HD video support.

Also, about the same time Samsung will launch 4 new Android phones, with the specs similar to those in WinMo handsets.

Now about Nokia.

According to @asrialbaker, from i-Symbian.com, there’s a new Symbian^3 Nokia E7-00 E-Series device in the works. It has 4” tilting AMOLED touchscreen display, slide QWERTY keyboard, 256MB or RAM, 1024MB of ROM, is only 14mm thin, comes in anodised aluminium body and has only a single hardware button on the front. Nokia E7-00 should start shipping in select markets in July 2010.

Well, sounds pretty much like this handset, that leaked last month:

Nokia E7-00 Eseries Symbian3 maybe

Now, I don’t know anything about @asrialbaker, so, for now, I’ll trust this Nokia E7-00 info much less, then the Samsung/WinMo stuff coming from MR’s Eldar.  But the details provided, as well as the reaction from people I know have seen upcoming Symbian devices, makes me think that  this stuff about E7-00 might be for real too.

Author: Stasys Bielinis

While I like to play with the latest gadgets, I am even more interested in broad technology trends. With mobile now taking over the world - following the latest technology news, looking for insights, sharing and discussing them with passionate audience - it's hard to imagine a better place for me to be. You can find me on Twitter as @UVStaska'

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  • James W

    all exciting and all….but c'mon….friggin 4 inch screens? That's simply not big enough, make it 4.3inches or bigger already! Geez, and you call yourselves the biggest handset manufacturers in the world too when HTC creates the amazing HTC HD2 and LG having made a 4.1 inch BL40 last year.

    These 4 samsung phones better impress cause the MWC this year absolutely sucked, the announcements we are getting are spreading thin with oly the real exciting bits of news being the HTC Desire/XPERIA X10 and Windows Phone Seven. What an incredibly dull first quarter this has already turned out to be, what next, Iphone 4G to have 5mp camera with LED Flash, 1GHZ Snapdragon processor, FM Radio and a glowing apple icon at the back to complete the IPhone 4G package. Hardly innovating, such lazy efforts by the top dogs. Right now only Microsoft and Android are the ones really pushing the boundaries, and half of Android's lineup sucks big time anyway with underpowered handsets outnumbering the beefier specced handsets. Android is taking a Nokia approach, budget low end overpowering/outnumbering high end smartphones 20-1

  • Vijay C

    It is a real quandary for Samsung and other OEMs. They had Windows Mobile handsets in the pipeline. Then the rug was pulled from under them, when it was announced that Windows Phone 7 Series would supersede Windows Mobile.

    I'm sure other OEMs are pleading with Microsoft to let them convert WinMo handsets to WP7S.

    On the other hand, I'm not sure WP7S will be a success, either. It is still very unfinished. For example, copying and pasting won't be ready for when WP7S is released. Many features that exist in Windows Mobile will be gone when users upgrade the handset to WP7S.

  • James W

    Don't you think Microsoft will Iron out these bugs when the OS is released, multitasking/Copy Paste and customization will be all present once the OS is fully at its peak next year. The reason they're not including it on the final product is because they want to prevent any further delays to the deadline which has been broken several times.

  • http://www.i-symbian.com Asri al-Baker

    Type your comment here.Hi Staska,

    1. It's E7-00. Not N7-00. You wrote N7-00 twice in the text above.

    2. Thanks for the plug :-)

    Cheers!

    -Asri al-Baker

  • James W

    all exciting and all….but c'mon….friggin 4 inch screens? That's simply not big enough, make it 4.3inches or bigger already! Geez, and you call yourselves the biggest handset manufacturers in the world too when HTC creates the amazing HTC HD2 and LG having made a 4.1 inch BL40 last year.

    These 4 samsung phones better impress cause the MWC this year absolutely sucked, the announcements we are getting are spreading thin with oly the real exciting bits of news being the HTC Desire/XPERIA X10 and Windows Phone Seven. What an incredibly dull first quarter this has already turned out to be, what next, Iphone 4G to have 5mp camera with LED Flash, 1GHZ Snapdragon processor, FM Radio and a glowing apple icon at the back to complete the IPhone 4G package. Hardly innovating, such lazy efforts by the top dogs. Right now only Microsoft and Android are the ones really pushing the boundaries, and half of Android's lineup sucks big time anyway with underpowered handsets outnumbering the beefier specced handsets. Android is taking a Nokia approach, budget low end overpowering/outnumbering high end smartphones 20-1

  • Vijay C

    It is a real quandary for Samsung and other OEMs. They had Windows Mobile handsets in the pipeline. Then the rug was pulled from under them, when it was announced that Windows Phone 7 Series would supersede Windows Mobile.

    I'm sure other OEMs are pleading with Microsoft to let them convert WinMo handsets to WP7S.

    On the other hand, I'm not sure WP7S will be a success, either. It is still very unfinished. For example, copying and pasting won't be ready for when WP7S is released. Many features that exist in Windows Mobile will be gone when users upgrade the handset to WP7S.

  • James W

    Don't you think Microsoft will Iron out these bugs when the OS is released, multitasking/Copy Paste and customization will be all present once the OS is fully at its peak next year. The reason they're not including it on the final product is because they want to prevent any further delays to the deadline which has been broken several times.

  • http://www.i-symbian.com Asri al-Baker

    Type your comment here.Hi Staska,

    1. It's E7-00. Not N7-00. You wrote N7-00 twice in the text above.

    2. Thanks for the plug :-)

    Cheers!

    -Asri al-Baker