Nokia
7710

Announced
2 November 2004

Weight
189 grams

Codename
Remix

Features

The 7710 was the first commercially available Nokia phone with a touchscreen. It's predecessor, the Nokia 7700, never shipped. Although many people assume the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic phone was the first touch-screen device, the 7710 was available approximately four years earlier. The 7710 was initiated by a team within Nokia that felt the 7700 was never going to be a viable commercial product. The design of the 7710 was toned down considerably compared to the 7700, but even then, it still met a lot of resistance in a number of markets., in particular, China. It was the only phone to ship with Nokia’s Series 90 user interface, which ran on top of the v7.0s version of the Symbian operating system. When it was launched, it was described by Nokia as a “wide-screen multimedia smartphone” which had an “innovative design and rich features” that combined “the capabilities of a smartphone and a handheld computer making it suitable for a broad customer base, including consumers and business users.” Its 640 x 320 pixel 3.5-inch widescreen was designed to deliver a “full Internet” experience and the browser had support for Adobe’s Flash6. The large screen was also well-suited to watching videos and TV content. Nokia developed a DVB-H tuner module (Nokia Streamer SU-22) that could be clipped on to the back of the device, however this was only offered for trials rather than being commercially available. Nokia 7710 with Nokia Streamer SU-22 Marketing material showing the Nokia Streamer SU22 on the 7710. Unfortunately, the 7710 failed to live up to expectations. It was woefully under-powered by a slow 168MHz Arm processor. Furthermore, the 7110 was only able to support data speeds of up to 48Kbps on a GPRS network and up to 236Kbps on EDGE networks (where they were available). Surprisingly the 7710 supported neither 3G (which had been available on the Nokia 6650 in November 2002 and the Nokia 6600 in 2003) or Wi-Fi which was available on the Nokia 9500 which had been announced in March 2004. The software on the device was never particularly stable and this was probably reflected in what became the final blow for the product, when the Series 90 user interface programme was cancelled just before the 7710 was launched.