Watch Your Back iPhone, Nokia N97 is Coming
December 02, 2008
Run and hide Apple iPhone because Finnish’s Nokia N97, expected to come out the first half of 2009, could be a fierce competition—along with Sony Ericsson’s Xperia X1. The Nokia N series has been taking a beating, with consumers’ satisfactions not being met. Nokia’s plan with this new addition to the series is that because it’s a personal mini-computer that consumers can carry around with them, the device will be the best around.
“Today, we are at the threshold of another profound change in the way we connect and interact with each other and with our world," said Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, chief executive of Nokia. "This is a world where you will have the power to tailor and personalize your internet how and when you like, to make your day-to-day life easier and more fulfilling."
Complete with a 3.5" touchscreen, 5-megapixel camera and 32GB of memory, a kick-out QWERTY keyboard that is hidden behind the phone's 3.5" - 16:9 aspect ratio – touchscreen, a 5-megapixel camera on the back with Carl Zeiss Tessar lens and dual LED flash. Also, unlike the iPhone or the T-Mobile G1, the N97 can capture video in DVD quality in 16:9 aspect ratio.
With twice the memory of an iPhone, 32GB of on-board memory, it can be pimped to hold 48 GB with an extended with microSD cards of up to 16GB.
“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, a vice president at Nokia. "The Nokia N97 mobile computer adjusts to the world around us, helping stay connected to the people and things that matter most."
A 3G phone that can also do HSDPA speeds of 7.2Mb/s and Wi-Fi. Nokia says that the N97 can deliver up to 37 hours of music and 4.5 hours of video playback.
The N97 runs on Symbian S50 5th Edition and brings the 5800 Express Music, previously known as “Tube” interface that has not yet been released.
Nokia has also promised that it will follow the lead of Apple, Google and Research in Motion, makers of the BlackBerry, by making it easier for third-party developers to write additional software and programs for Nokia handsets.
Jessica Kostek is a channel editor for unified communications, covering VoIP, CRM, call center and wireless technologies. To read more of Jessica’s articles, please visit her columnist page.
Edited by Jessica Kostek