After weeks of leaks and rumors, the Nokia N97 Mini is now official. This will be a redesigned version of Nokia’s flagship smartphone, with a smaller screen and keyboard.
It will have the same general “slide-and-tilt” design as its slightly bigger brother, and include a 3.2-inch touchscreen with a resolution of 640 x 360 pixels. The N97 has a 3.5-inch display at that same resolution.
The Mini will also have a QWERTY keyboard, but will skip the D-pad, instead depending on the touchscreen.
It will be a quad-band GSM phone with HSDPA 3G, and will also have Wi/Fi b/g.
The Nokia N97 Mini will be the first device to sport Lifecasting with Ovi – a new partnership with the world’s largest social network, Facebook.
This will enable users to update their Facebook status directly from the device’s homescreen.
Ovi Here, There, and Everywhere
This Symbian S60 smartphone will give users access to Nokia’s Ovi Store, where they can add new applications, widgets, ringtones, and more.
It will also sport Ovi Maps and come with integrated A-GPS receiver and compass, along with with voice navigation for driving or walking.
This Nokia smartphone will have a 5 megapixel camera with a Carl Zeiss Tessar lens, auto-focus and flash. This will allow users to capture MPEG-4 VGA (640 x 480 px) video at up to 30 fps.
It will support RealVideo and Flash Lite 3.0, and include PAL/NTSC video-out.
Naturally, it will come with an audio player, and let users play music over Bluetooth or through the 3.5 mm headset jack.
Pricing and Availability
The Nokia N97 Mini will be released in Europe in October for EUR 450 before taxes and subsidies. The official price for the N97 is EUR 550.
There is no word yet on N. American availability, but it does include the GSM and 3G frequencies used in this region.
Nokia has released a short video demonstrating the design and features of this upcoming smartphone, including a comparison with the Nokia N97:
More information is available on Nokia’s website.