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Posted at 9:49 AM ET, 12/15/2010

Nokia delays E7 launch

By Hayley Tsukayama

Nokia announced it will delay rolling out its E7 smartphone, which was to hit stores before the holidays. That's bad news for the Finnish cellphone company, which will miss out on the holiday rush. The launch is now scheduled for early next year.

Nokia spokesman Joseph Gallo told eWeek, "To ensure the best possible user experience on the E7 we have decided to begin shipping in early 2011. Naturally, the exact timing of when the device is available in shops will vary from market to market."

The phone, which features a four-inch touchscreen and an 8-megapixel camera, is one of Nokia's new Symbian-based smartphones. Nokia also had to delay the launch of the N8, another Symbian-based smartphone, in September.

The delay adds to worries that Nokia will slip even more in the smartphone market. However, Finnish analyst Hannu Rauhala said he does not think it will hurt Nokia's holiday sales too badly, as the phone is mostly marketed toward business users.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | December 15, 2010; 9:49 AM ET
Categories:  Gadgets, Shopping  
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