Nokia launches N97, an advanced mobile computer

Nokia showed off its latest piece of hardware to the market today, the Nokia N97. Nokia calls this smartphone an advanced mobile computer, with 32GB of memory, supporting up to a maximum of 48GB of storage, a 5.0 megapixel camera attached to it, including a full QWERTY keyboard, running Symbian S60 Operating System, and also a touchscreen for users alike to enjoy.

The phone is filled with features from both 2G and 3G network, to its Wi-fi 802.11 b/g UPnP technology, to its 16M colour 3.5 inch (360 x 640 pixels) touch screen. The phone also supports microSD (TransFlash) memory cards, with a maximum of 16GB added storage, Bluetooth and USB support. The phone also supports social location software, to allow people who use Facebook, Myspace, and other social networks a chance to stay up to date on the go.

The release of the phone comes after Nokia planned to stop focusing on the Japanese market, and move its operations and focus on the European and North American markets.

This phone is planned to rival the Apple iPhone which currently ranks number 1, beating the Motorola Razr out of the top spot last quarter. The Nokia N97 plans to launch in the first half of 2009.

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I like the look of this, but cost and OS put me off it. I'll be honest, I've only ever used Winodws Mobile, so it's what I'm used to. I've always been tempted by the iPhone, but couldn't be bothered with it - my k800i is fine for me. I wouldn't be surprised if a Windows Mobile version popped up at some point. Or if someone is able to hack Windows Mobile to work on the phone!

I guess iPhones sell in US alone cuz ppl there buy anything.. I mean come on RAZR was at the top spot? That phone didn't even come with memory initially but just cuz it was sleek? iPhone doesn't have at least half the features even the average Nokia Smartphone has and touchscreen is just bull**** IMO.. Typing long text msgs or mails etc is plain horrible with the touchscreen.. For me Features > Looks (Flaunt value and other crap)

hey, nokia, don't tell me about your so-called freaking flagship n97, if you can't even fix the current sinking "flagship" of n96. unless you can fix the ****ty problems on the n96, it is going to be my first and last piece of anything with the junky nokia brand on it, regardless of how good your marketing team are in lying to your customer.

lol the N96 was nothing but a stop gap phone put out to shut people up why they worked on their touch ui.

The same as one of the reasons the 5800 is so cheap so they can identify problems with said ui before they release it in a model which will no doubt sell like the clappers. The ffat that the N97 is going to take 6 months to come to market and wont be mainstream and out on most networks until the end of July pretty much says this is its a poor timeline on Nokias part.

In 6 months time most people would have got bored waiting.

Yup you always have been able too.

Your free to buy them where you like as well and install what you like without having to Jailbreak the phone. This means the prices are not overinflated because someone is skimming off the top and application vendors can do what they like rather than being bitch slapped by apple for doing something "bad" and having the app pulled.

looks cool, I won't compare it to the iPhone (i've got an iphone 3g factory unlocked) as iPhone was first realased like a year before this, so it's 1 year old tech now. I bet the new iPhone will be much better. All we need is a 4-5mp camera, copy-paste, some multi-tasking and more RAM (plus swap space).

Ugly sure but slow? How do you how fast it is? As far as I know they haven't told anyone the processor yet?

Edit: Nevermind I see that there are youtube videos!

Edit2: Though it seems you haven't seen these youtube videos. Check out the black n97 shown at 2:23. It looks decent and has a nice interface (not the same as the one shown in article).

The 8MP cameras as seen by companies like Sony (C905) and Samsung's latest offerings are duds. Problem being they have the same sensor size as 5MP cameras and so only offer the same quality. You get a very noisy picture when taking 8MP shots.

You can search for image comparison reviews that show side by side images.

The increase from 5 to 8 is purely for marketing reasons and will not make your images any nicer.

Futur1sm said,
That's a shame, marketing gimmicks annoy me. :(
I wanted an N96 but maybe it's better to wait for the N97 now hmm

why? What's the fascination with the megapixels, the lens those things have is horrible, that's all that matters.

More megapixels does not always make for better pictures, it simply makes BIGGER pictures. Why take a picture that is larger than the screen size of your computer, especially on a phone? Are you planning on making poster prints of your pictures?

Checkout the interface in this video:
It's different to the messy one in article.
They show the interface after 2:23 in the video.

Edit: She shows you can customise it to look like the one in article though. On second thought it is still messy but I guess it atleast shows useful information.

It doesn't run Windows Mobile you twats!!!!! How many more times, gah!
I would've so bought one of these, but after using the 9200 -> 9500, there's no way i'm going back to Symbian. Oh man.