Nokia World 2010 kicked off today at the remote Excel centre in London's docklands with an opening keynote from Anssi Vanjoki (pictured below), who only yesterday announced he was leaving the company after 20 years.
In a speech full of passion, including a spirited defence of Symbian against Apple's iOS and Google's Android, Vajnoki introduced three new Symbian smartphones, including the heir apparent to the Nokia Communicator - the E7.
Vajnoki only made a fleeting reference to his imminent departure at the end of his talk, saying: "This is my last Nokia event; thank you for the last 20 years." This produced an extended ovation from the packed auditorium, but there was no opportunity for questions from the press.
Onto the device, The Nokia E7 is a slide-out QWERTY phone with the emphasis on productivity. It runs Symbian ^3 (there are to be no MeeGo announcements at this event), has a four inch 640x360 AMOLED capacitive touch screen.
Vanjoki was keen to emphasise how big it is and to talk up the Nokia collaboration with Microsoft in the area of productivity software - apparently you can edit PowerPoint slides on the E7.