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Leak reveals Nokia set to beat RIM’s Blackberry to keyboard/touch-screen phone

Leaked pics and info reveal Nokia’s E6 smartphone which is set to take over from existing models E71 and E72 around June this year and with it bring both QWERTY and touch-screen functions to the Nokia range. Beating RIM who have their own plans to release 1 keyboard/touch-screen range, including the Blackberry Orlando, Bold Touch 2, Torch 2, and Touch Monza models late 2011.

There doesn’t appear to be much noticeable change to the Nokia E6’s keyboard, but the screen has been enhanced from previous models to allow touch-screen functions to work smoothly and visually, with the screen-size upped to 2.46-inch from the 2.36-inch on the E71 and resolution has been sharpened to 640×480.

An 8MP stills camera and 8GB of storage are included for the snap-happy, with additional memory on microSD card, Bluetooth connectivity, music player, WiFi and USB port as features.

Nokia approach the Symbian platform-based E6 meaning business, claiming the phone to be fully capable for the working go-getter, with a huge stand-by time suggested as worthy up to one month and the mobile will be “Microsoft friendly” allowing compatibility and crossover apps for Word, Excel and Powerpoint.

Will Nokia steal the spotlight while delivering a slap to RIM? With Blackberry’s touchscreen offerings trailing a number of months later – RIM may be hoping to pick up the scraps by the end of the year.

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