By Chuong Nguyen | April 13, 2010 4:15 AM
It looks like the popular E71 and E72 successor, the E5, will eschew more metal from its body in favor of plastic if the press shots are accurate. The device will be made available in the third quarter with colors such as Carbon Black, Chalk White, Sky Blue, Copper Brown, and Silver Grey. With a front-facing QWERTY keyboard and a version compatible with AT&T’s US 3G support, the E5 can be viewed as a competitor to the BlackBerry Bold smartphone line and will also feature Nokia’s popular messaging client for emails. Social networking support, chat, and free OVI Maps for turn-by-turn voice guided GPS navigation is also included free of charge. Like the E71 and E72, Nokia is sticking a non-touchscreen of QVGA resolution on this device. Nokia is going with the QVGA screen due to the E-series messaging phones have a smaller and slimmer profile than many BlackBerry smartphones–many modern BlackBerry devices have a higher resolution HVGA display.
The E5 will have a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash and autofocus. You can read more about the E5 specs from Nokia. The E5 looks to be a hybrid of an E72 mated with a Palm Centro the way the navigation buttons are arranged. Like most other Nokia smartphones, the E5 will run Symbian OS, more specifically S60 Third Edition with Feature Pack 2.