Nokia’s C7 or Astound to get Some Love Stateside

Nokia is in the midst of a huge overhaul within their company. They have shifted focus to Microsoft’s new operating system WP7. Unfortunately, these new WP7 Nokia devices are not expected to launch until sometime next year. Keeping in mind that Nokia has not completely abandoned their once famous Symbian operating system, the launch of the C7 will hit the states coming April 6th. The Nokia C7 as it’s known across the globe will hit T-Mobiles network next month under the name of Astound.

The Nokia Astound will hit state side via Tmo on April 6th and be priced very low at $79.99 after a month long mail in rebate. Tmonews who leaked the snap shots of the Astound have also mentioned that big magenta will be stocking up on 4 new Symbian devices this year –and of course WP7 Nokia devices as they are made available early next year. The rumors surrounding the launch of the Astound whisper that Tmo will announce the news on Monday at their CTIA press gala.

What should you expect from the C7 – oops the Astound? Well if the Astound is anything like the C7 (which is surely is) that has been floating around the world since last year; expect a solid device that can do what you need it to do. Let’s take a look at the C7’s specs which will surely mirror the Astound come April. The C7 uses the last of a dying breed in Symbian^3 as its operating system. The Nokia C7 is a 3G only device that sports a candy bar form factor with a 3.5 inch capacitive touch screen embedded into it. The screen carries a resolution of 360 x 640 pixels and supports multi touch as well as a proximity sensor and light sensor. The C7 carries a Arm 11 processor that is clocked at 680 MHz, which is a little under the norm at this point but will surely hold its own in the mid range category. Blending the mid to high range line is the C7’s camera. Most all Nokia mobile cameras are pretty amazing and the C7’s surely does not disappoint. The C7 uses an 8 mega pixel camera that can shoot video in 720p HD at 25 frames per second. You can expect all the other standards as we know them now, including GPS, Bluetooh 3.0, Wi-Fi 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n, a compass and an additional noise cancelling microphone.

So are you looking forward to the launch of the C7 in the states? Are you as amused as I’am about its new American name? Let us know how you feel about the new Astound.

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