At Nokia World 08, in Barcelona, Spain, Nokia have unveiled the Nokia N97, the world’s most advanced mobile computer, which will transform the way people connect to the internet and to each other. Designed for the needs of internet-savvy consumers, the Nokia N97 combines a large 3.5″ 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 leading technology – including multiple sensors, memory, processing power and connection speeds – for people to create a personal Internet and share their ‘social location.’

Social location

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.

Easy access on the wide home screen

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 personalized with frequently updated widgets of favorite web services and social networking sites. The Nokia N97 is also perfectly 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.

Other features

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 5-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.

European price and availability

The Nokia N97 is expected to begin shipping in the first half of 2009 at an estimated retail price of EUR 550 before taxes or subsidies.

We’ll see if we can get word soon on Australian price and availability. UPDATE: and word just in from Nokia Australia, it will go on sale in Australia in the 3rd quarter of 2009. No local pricing as yet of course.

Nokia N97

Specifications

System

  • WCDMA 900/1900/2100 (HSDPA), EGSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
  • User interface: S60 5th Edition
  • Dimensions: 117.2 x 55.3 x 15.9* mm (L x W x H) *18.25 mm at camera area
  • Weight: Approx. 150 g
  • Display: 3.5 inch TFT with up to 16 million colors – nHD16:9 widescreen (640×360 pixels)
  • Battery: Nokia battery BP-4L, 1500 mAh

Media

  • Memory: Up to 48GB (32 GB on-board memory, plus 16GB expansion via microSDmemory card slot)
  • Video playback: MPEG-4 / SP and MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, up to 30 fps, up to VGA resolution; RealVideoup to QCIF @ 30 fps; Windows Media (WMV9) up to CIF @ 30 fps; Flash Lite 3.0 / Flash Video in internet browser
  • Music playback: MP3, AAC, eAAC, eAAC+, WMA

Main camera

  • Lens: Carl ZeissTessar
  • Image capture: Up to 5 megapixels (2584 x 1938). JPEG/EXIF (16.7 million/24-bit color).
  • Video capture: MPEG-4 VGA (640 x 480) at up to 30 fps
  • Aperture: F2.8
  • Focal length: 5.4 mm
  • Flash: Dual LED camera flash and video light

Operating times

  • Talk time: Up to 320 min (3G), 400 min (GSM)
  • Standby time: Up to 400 hrs (3G), 430 hrs (GSM)
  • Video playback: Up to 4,5 hours (offline mode)
  • Music playback: Up to 37 hours (offline mode

Connectivity & data services

  • WLAN IEEE 802.11b/g with UPnP support
  • Micro-USB connector, Hi-Speed USB 2.0
  • 3.5mm stereo headphone plug and TV-out support (PAL/NTSC)
  • Bluetooth wireless technology 2.0 with A2DP stereo audio, enhanced data rates (EDR)
  • GPS receiver with support for assisted GPS (A-GPS)

Source: Nokia