Nokia outs E7 business phone with 4-inch screen

Nokia takes the Eseries to the big screen

Nokia eyes the suits with does-it-all handset

Nokia has become the latest smartphone manufacturer to break the 4-inch screen barrier with the Eseries E7 handset it's describing as the 'ultimate business phone.'

The Symbian ^3-packing behemoth, which joins the likes of the HTC HD2 and the Samsung Galaxy S in terms of screen size, comes with full Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync support and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard.

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Like it's bigger brother, the very impressive Nokia N8, the E7 has an HDMI-out with Dolby Digital Surround Sound so plugging it into your TV and playing back downloaded video, or those captured through the 720p HD video camera couldn't be simpler.

The phone is only slightly thicker than the N8 too, at 13.6-inches and also boasts the 8-megapixel stills camera and 16GB of on-board package, making it quite a tasty package indeed.

The 4-inch screen also boasts something Nokia is calling ClearBlack technology which the Finns claim improves visibility outdoors. We'll be checking out that claim in a hands-on video in the near future.

As we mentioned, the device runs on Symbian ^3, which allows you to fully customise homescreens with Facebook widgets and whatnot. We're still waiting for Nokia to launch a handset running the MeeGo OS tipped to save the company.

The Nokia E7 will be out by Christmas this year and will cost a rather cumbersome 495 Euros. At today's exchange rate, we make that about £414.

Link: Nokia