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AT&T to offer smartphones from Nokia, Samsung

The Nokia E71x takes claim as thinnest smartphone with QWERTY keyboard

March 30, 2009 12:00 PM ET

Computerworld - AT&T Inc. today announced two new smartphones that will be available in coming weeks -- the Nokia E71x, the thinnest smartphone with a QWERTY keyboard, and the Samsung Propel Pro.

The Nokia E71x, already on sale outside the U.S., will be available through AT&T for $99.99, after rebates, plus a two-year contract. It will be on sale "in coming weeks," an AT&T spokeswoman said.

AT&T will showcase the new Nokia device at the CTIA conference in Las Vegas, which starts Wednesday.

AT&T said the Propel Pro will go on sale sometime in April for $149.99.

Nokia E71x smartphone
Nokia E71x is said to be the thinnest smartphone with a QWERTY keyboard.

The wireless carrier said both devices should appeal to consumers and business users, especially those who are more interested in a QWERTY keyboard for messaging and e-mail. "Smartphones and quick message phones are no longer for early adopters and text-happy teens," said David Christopher, chief marketing officer of AT&T Mobility and consumer markets.

The Nokia E71x provides access to Mail for Exchange, AT&T Xpress Mail and other third party e-mail products, the spokeswoman said.

The Nokia device is 4.48 inches long, 2.24 inches wide and .39 inches thick, making it the thinnest QWERTY smartphone on the market, a Nokia spokeswoman said. Available in steel black, the device weighs 4.44 ounces and its display screen is 2.36 inches.

It runs a variant of the Symbian operating system known as S60, offering access to various Symbian applications. It provides Wi-Fi and runs over WCDMA and GSM over cellular connections. It has 120MB of internal memory and supports a 8GB micro SD card. It also includes assisted GPS, and a 3.2-megapixel camera.

The Propel is a chrome slider smartphone that runs Windows Mobile 6.1 and supports Wi-Fi. Other details were not immediately available.

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