Nokia oficially unveiled its newest N-Series device, the N97 — “It is, of course, a phone as well, but it is a computer! We need to have all the same essentials on this as we have on any other computer that we use,” said Anssi Vanjoki spoke at Nokia World.
The N97 takes the now familiar touchphone design and adds a tilt sliding mechanism to reveal a full QWERTY keyboard. Also of note is the on-board 5-megapixel camera with 30 fps MPEG-4 video capture, integration with Nokia's Ovi and N-Gage services, and support for MP3, AAC, WMA, MPEG-4, H.264, Real Media, and Flash. It runs S60 5th edition and offers 32 GB of on-board storage which is expandable as much as 16 GB via MicroSD. Communication protocols for the device are HSDPA, quad-band GSM, GPS and A-GPS, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 2.0.
With the N97, Nokia debuts its social location concept or "So-Lo" (*cringe*). The idea is that the pocketable Internet and geolocation capabilities of the modern handheld device can provide a persistent window into social networks that allows for real-time updates.
Expected to come to European markets in the first half of 2009 with a unsubsidized price tag of €550.