The Nokia N97 was announced yesterday. This is Nokia’s first N-Series QWERTY+Touch device, with a form factor that’s also new to the lineup.

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From the Press Release :

At the Nokia World event in Barcelona, Spain, Nokia today unveiled the Nokia N97. 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.

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”. The Nokia N97 introduces the concept of “social location”. With integrated A-GPS sensors and an electronic compass, it intuitively understands where it is.

The 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. 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 (640×360 pixels) can be fully personalized with frequently updated widgets of favorite web services and social networking sites. The 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.

The 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 N97 also has a 5-Megapixel camera with high-quality Carl Zeiss Tessar optics, 16:9 and DVD quality video capture, and support for services like Share on Ovi for immediate sharing over HSDPA and WLAN. Based on the S60 5th Edition platform, the N97 measures 117.2 x 55.3 x 15.9 mm and weighs 150 g. Available ports include TV Out via standard 3.5 mm audio jack.

The phone provides access to world-class game titles with its N-Gage support. The BL-4C (1500 mAh) battery provides about 400 hours of standby time, 320-400 (3G/GSM) hours of talk time, 4.5 hours of video playback and over 37 hours of audio playback. 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.

Here are a couple more pictures of the N97 :

You have to admit, this phone has almost every feature you could want. Still, a pity its lacking a Xenon Flash, but the rest of its features more than make up for it. What do you think ?

– Clinton Jeff

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