We think it came as a surprise to pretty much everyone that Nokia's long-rumored E71 was a no-show at Mobile World Congress this year; it looked real enough and totally ready to go the last time we spied it, and really, our only guess is that Espoo didn't want to steal any thunder from its lovely new Nseries goodies. Turns out that the company covertly showed off a shot of the businessman's dream at its Nokia Showcase event in Sydney, though, and CNET reports that it's "considerably smaller" -- 10mm thick and 57mm wide, as the rumor goes. Making the phone too narrow could ultimately be detrimental to the usability of the all-important keypad, so we'll need to keep a close eye on the "feel" part of "look and feel" when this one finally debuts. CTIA in April, perhaps?

[Via Boy Genius Report]

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Nokia secretly shows E71 at Mobile Wor... er, in Sydney