Nokia Unveils Touch-Screen N97

December 2nd, 2008 at 12:00 am

nokia n 97 mobile computer

Nokia today 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 favorite social networking sites and Internet destinations.  [Press Release]

In case the noise from Apple and Google with their iPhones and gPhones (G1) are drowning out the rest of the news in mobile communication, let’s be reminded that the best selling phone brand on the planet is still Nokia.  However,  as i said, Nokia has not been making as much noise as its American competitors, until now.

Nokia unveiled quite a phone today. The N97, they say, may (again) be the real iPhone killer and surprisingly, even the gPhone killer.  Let’s start with the iPhone first. Basically, the N97 is amazingly stylish.  Moreover, it has a slideout keyboard that ‘s been the shotcoming of the iPhone.  Second, versus the gPhone, well the N97 does look a lot better even with the slide out keyboard.

"From the desktop to the laptop and now to your pocket, the Nokia N97 is the most powerful, multi-sensory mobile computer in existence," said Jonas Geust, Vice President, heading Nokia Nseries. "Together with the Ovi services announced today, the Nokia N97 mobile computer adjusts to the world around us, helping stay connected to the people and things that matter most. With the Nokia N97, Nseries leads the charge in helping to transform the Internet into your Internet".

Actually, they say that the N97’s OS is also a little better than the iPhone and the Android.  For one thing, the Symbian OS in the Nokia is capable of playing Flash games and accessing Facebook really well.

Back on the hardware side, it trumps everything else. 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.

Sadly, the worst thing about it now, it’s not out yet.