Nokia N97 Preview

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Nokia has announced, but not yet released, the Nokia N97. This top-of-the-line Symbian S60 smartphone will include a touchscreen, sliding keyboard, 3G, Wi-Fi, and a host of other features.

I recently was able to spend a short amount of time with this upcoming smartphone, and I recorded a video preview of it:

An Overview of the Nokia N97

The Nokia N97 will be powered by Symbian S60 5th edition (S60v5), a new touch-enabled version of the operating system this company puts on its high-end models. It will be based on a 434 MHz processor and 128 MB of RAM.

Nokia N97

This device is going to include a 3.5-inch, 640-by-360-pixel display that can be moved aside to revel its landscape-oriented keyboard. This will cause the screen to pivot up, making this phone look a bit like a small laptop.

The N97 will have no less than 32 GB of built-in storage, and that can be supplemented by up to 16 GB more on a microSD card.

Versions for Europe and N. America
This Nokia phone will have quad-band GSM (850/900/1800/1900 MHz), and 3G (3.6 Mbps HSDPA) in frequencies appropriate for the region of release. In Europe, it will have 900/1900/2100 MHz, and in N. America it will have 850/1900/2100 MHz

Both versions will also have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.0+ EDR.

Additional Details
The Nokia N97 will include a 5.0 megapixel camera  with Carl Zeiss optics and Dual-LED flash. Tis will be capable of recording still images and video at 640 by 480 pixels and 30 fps.

It will sport a number of built-in sensors: a GPS receiver, an accelerometer, digital compass, and ambient light sernsor.

Stereo and TV-Out will be handled by a 3.5 mm jack, and dual stereo speakers will also appear.

This model’s web browser is going to be based on the WebKit rendering engine and include Flash Lite 3.0.

Full support for the Nokia Music Store, N-Gage, Nokia Maps, and Nokia Messaging will be included.

Nokia says the 1500 mAh battery will be good for up to 9.5 hours of talk time or 4.5 hours of video playback.

Coming this Summer
The N97 is scheduled to debut in Europe in June, and in other parts of of the world thereafter.

In Europe, pricing will depend on the carrier offering it. In the U.S., this model is likely to be available either directly from Nokia or from retailers, not through a wireless carrier. As an unlocked GSM device, it will be usable with AT&T, T-Mobile, and others.




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