Nokia’s keenly awaited N97 touchscreen handset looks to have its UK launch date confirmed, with the e-retailer Play.com posting up a pre-order page on their site.
The site lists a release date of March 31st, 2009 for the Nokia N97 with a decidedly upmarket unlocked.sin free price of GBP 479.99 (US$707), with free shipping.
Nokia’s second S60-based touchscreen smartphone, the N97 was announced late last year at Nokia World in Barcelona, and packs a 5 megapixel camera with autofocus and dual-LED flash, a generous touchscreen and slide-out QWERTY keyboard.
Nokia Product Managers have been unofficially quoted as saying that an American version will follow not long after the European release.
It’s certainly a tasty looking phone, serving up a 5MP camera with auto focus, Carl Zeiss optics and dual LED flash; 3.5 inch TFT 640 x 360 pixels touchscreen display; Flash video support; Quad-band GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900; A-GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA connectivity, internal GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth; 32 GB internal memory and MicroSD card support up to 16GB.
Other goodies include Nokia Maps 2.0 Touch, 3.5 mm audio output jack, handwriting recognition, accelerometer, digital compass and a MP3 / WMA / WAV / eAAC+ player.
When it was announced in December, some media pundits were describing it as a potential ‘iPhone killer’ but after the technological bombshell of Palm’s stunning new Pre phone, we’d say Nokia might have to set their sights a little higher.
OS: S60 5th Edition, Symbian OS v9.4
Resolution 360 x 640
Colour Depth 24 bit
Size 117.2 x 55.3 x 15.91 mm
Weight 150 g
Input Methods Qwerty Key Mat, Touch Screen
Frequency Band GSM 1800, GSM 1900, GSM 850, GSM 900
WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100, WCDMA 850, WCDMA 900
Browser OSS Browser
Flash Lite Flash Lite 3.0
Camera Resolution 2584 x 1938
Sensor CMOS 5.0 Megapixel
Focal length 5.4 mm
Image Format JPEG/Exif
Camera Features Auto Focus, Carl Zeiss Optics, Flash1
Video Resolution 640 x 4802
Video Frame Rate 30 fps
Video Format MPEG-4
Dual LED flash and video light.
Video Formats H.264/AVC, MPEG-4, RealVideo 7,8,9/10, WMV 9
Local Video Playback 30 fps
Audio Formats AAC, eAAC, eAAC+, MP3, WMA
Max User Storage 32 GB
Max Memory Card Size 16 GB
116GB Memory Card Included.
Bluetooth 2.0 +EDR
Nokia AV 3.5mm
USB 2.0 High-Speed
WLAN support 802.11b/g
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
Battery BP-4L 3.7V 1500 mAh
Maximum Talk Time
GSM Talk Time 6.6 hours, WCDMA Talk Time 5.3 hours
GSM Standby Time 430 hours, WCDMA Standby Time 400 hours
Max Video Playback Time 4.5 hours
Max Music Playback Time 37 hours