Nokia announced both the E66 and E71 today to succeed the E65 and E61 respectively. “The Nokia E71 and Nokia E66 were designed for people who lead a mobile lifestyle and want quick and easy access to their personal and work email,” according to Soren Petersen, Senior Vice President, Devices, Nokia.
The two share quite a few common specifications: Both are powered by the S60 3.1 Edition, Eseries operating system and come with quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and dual-band HSDPA (850/1900 or 850/1900 or 850/2100) connectivity, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, up to 110MB free memory, built-in A-GPS, a 3.2MP camera, an FM radio, and a microSD expansion slot. Both also support the Nokia Ovi services and will be available in either grey steel or white steel colour schemes.
The Nokia E66 is a slider with a 2.4-inch QVGA display while the Nokia E71 packs a full QWERTY thumb keyboard and a 2.36-inch QVGA display. The Nokia E66 also comes with an orientation sensor to detect screen orientation and which also silences the ringer when you turn the phone over onto its front.
Both the E66 and E71 will hit key markets in July for about €350. To date, neither has been picked up by North American carriers.