While surfing through the my usual daily site feeds to sift through what new mobile morsels are out (or will be out), I couldn't believe what I saw. Rumours of a new and improved Nokia E61i!
Although its just a rumour (and unconfirmed by Nokia), numerous sites have already reported the likelihood of its release by Nokia sometime this quarter.
If this picture is anything to go by, the most (noticable) upgrades would be: -
- The addition of a camera!
- Redesigned shortcut buttons layout
- New metallic look and feel
Now, I know I've been gasbagging and dragging the name of Nokia through the dirt recently (due to my frustrations with their new-yet-not-so-new releases and same-innies-redesigned-outties strategy *grumble, grumble*), but I have always thought quite highly of their latest smartphone, the Nokia E61. Arguably, the best business Nokia phone around. It does everything you would want it to, and more. Its only downfall was its lack of camera and touchscreen.
But, if you're an existing E61 owner, I wouldn't start looking for buyers yet though. E61i's just a rumour at the moment, and even then, who knows whether it'll be up to scratch. But then, knowing Nokia's habits of throwing an "i" into some of their models, it should prove to be a contender, aside from pissing the heck out of all existing non-"i" owners. (On that note, I HAVE to add, E-series.org is a must-visit site if you're an E61 owner)
Meanwhile, let's just sit back for another month or so and ponder whether this E61i is a Fact... or Fiction.