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The Nokia N97, Nokia’s latest Flagship

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Today at Nokia World 08, Nokia announced the Nokia N97, the ultimate Nokia flagship.  The N97 breaks the limits with a 3.5” touch-screen and an attractive slide-out QWERTY keyboard, that actually works with a hinge, and not a conventional slide.

Running S60 5th Edition, the new device breaks all the limits, once again, Nokia managed to surprise and reaffirm themselves as the leading phone manufacturer in the world.

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The N97 has a 5 Megapixel camera with Carl-Zeiss lens and Auto-Focus, with dual-flash and video flash. The device itself has a similar design to the Xperia from Sony-Ericsson, but the specifications make the X1 look old, the N97 offers much more than any other flagship from competitors. The phone includes a massive built-in memory of 32GB and it supports MicroSD cards up to 16GB, which means that the N97 can hold a total of 48GB of data.

The N97 renders web pages like a desktop computer, including FlashLite 3, 3.5G  (HSDPA), Wi-Fi, plus a QWERTY keyboard, Nokia offers with the N97 the same browsing experience that you would have with your computer. Nokia also said there will be an American Version with 850/1900mHz 3G Band.

For those worried of weak batteries on previous flagships, they can be now amazed with the 1500mAh battery that the N97 has. The N97 will survive in stand-by mode for 400 Hours, when compared to the N96’s 220 hours the N97 just wins by almost twice as much battery life.

The N97 has its shipping date schedualed the second quarter of 2009. The price is still unknown but a +- US$800 tag for such a marvel is not hard to imagine.

Press release:

Desktop. Laptop. Pocket: The era of the personal Internet dawns with the Nokia N97
December 02, 2008

Tilting touch display, QWERTY keyboard and personalized home screen – a true mobile computer
Barcelona, Spain – Nokia today unveiled the Nokia N97, the world’s most advanced mobile computer, which will transform the way people connect to the Internet and to each other. Designed for the needs of Internet-savvy consumers, the Nokia N97 combines a large 3.5″ touch display with a full QWERTY keyboard, providing an ‘always open’ window to favorite social networking sites and Internet destinations. Nokia’s flagship Nseries device introduces leading technology – including multiple sensors, memory, processing power and connection speeds – for people to create a personal Internet and share their ‘social location.’
“From the desktop to the laptop and now to your pocket, the Nokia N97 is the most powerful, multi-sensory mobile computer in existence,” said Jonas Geust, Vice President, heading Nokia Nseries. “Together with the Ovi services announced today, the Nokia N97 mobile computer adjusts to the world around us, helping stay connected to the people and things that matter most. With the Nokia N97, Nseries leads the charge in helping to transform the Internet into your Internet”.
Sensing your ‘So-Lo’
The Nokia N97 introduces the concept of ‘social location’. With integrated A-GPS sensors and an electronic compass, the Nokia N97 mobile computer intuitively understands where it is. The Nokia N97 makes it easy to update social networks automatically with real-time information, giving approved friends the ability to update their ‘status’ and share their ‘social location’ as well as related pictures or videos.
Widescreen – Internet and entertainment
The home screen of the Nokia N97 mobile computer features the people, content and media that matter the most. Friends, social networks and news are available by simply touching the home screen. The 16:9 widescreen display can be fully personalized with frequently updated widgets of favorite web services and social networking sites. The Nokia N97 is also perfectly suited for browsing the web, streaming Flash videos or playing games. Both the physical QWERTY and virtual touch input ensure efficiency in blogging, chatting, posting, sending texts or emailing.
The Nokia N97 supports up to 48 GB of storage, including 32 GB of on-board memory, expandable with a 16 GB microSD card for music, media and more. This is complemented by excellent music capabilities, full support for the Nokia Music Store and continuous playback time of up to 1.5 days. The Nokia N97 also has a 5-Megapixel camera with high-quality Carl Zeiss optics, 16:9 and DVD quality video capture, and support for services like Share on Ovi for immediate sharing over HSDPA and WLAN.
The Nokia N97 is expected to begin shipping in the first half of 2009 at an estimated retail price of EUR 550 before taxes or subsidies.

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By , International Correspondent on Dec 2nd, 2008 GMT +2

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