Nokia announces Nokia N97

Nokia has unveiled the Nokia N97, an advanced mobile computer, which will transform the way people connect to the internet and to each other according to Nokia. Designed for the needs of internet savvy consumers, the Nokia N97 combines a large 3.5 inch touch display with a full QWERTY keyboard, providing an ‘always open’ window to favourite social networking sites and internet destinations.

Nokia’s flagship Nseries device introduces technology including multiple sensors, memory, processing power and connection speeds for people to create a personal internet and share their social location.

Jonas Geust, vice president heading Nokia Nseries, said: “From the desktop to the laptop and now to your pocket, the Nokia N97 is the most powerful, multi-sensory mobile computer in existence. 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.”

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.

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 personalised with frequently updated widgets of favourite web services and social networking sites. The Nokia N97 is also 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 five 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 550 Euro before taxes or subsidies.