Nokia N97 to land late Q1
March, to be exact
The chaps over at online retailer Play.com have begun listing a price and launch date for Nokia’s recently unveiled N97 touchscreen webphone.
Nokia's N97 comes to Play.com in March
Despite making waves at this year’s CES, Nokia’s kept mum about when the phone will be available from and – crucially – how much it’ll cost. However, Play will happily take £480 ($700/€531) from you now to pre-order the phone, which it says it’ll ship out to you on 31 March.
Nokia’s positioned the N97 as its flagship superphone and said it’s “the world’s most advanced mobile computer”. The talker’s also heavily focused on social networking, with an “always open” window for sites like Facebook and MySpace.
It sports a 3.5in, 16:9 widescreen touch-sensitive display with a slide-out Qwerty keyboard underneath, giving you the advantage of both forms of data entry.
The home screen can be personalised, so if you don’t like Nokia’s selection of on-screen widgets, you can pick your own.
Watch "DVD quality" video on the 3.5in, 16:9 touchscreen
It boasts HSDPA 3G, Wi-Fi connectivity and Assisted GPS. Flash is installed too, which should make surfing slightly less painful.
You'll get a massive 32GB of on-board storage where you can keep pictures snapped using the phone’s 5Mp camera. If you do need more capacity, a Micro SD card slot’s built in too. ®
Is it not a network thing?
As I used to have problems when I went for 'big jobs' cos the reception in my loo was bad but I haven't changed phone (still got my battered N73) and one day it just changed over with no problems and has been fine ever since.
Or is it just me?
For a flagship phone...
I'm very surprised that Nokia didn't include a Xenon flash in addition to dual LED. Without this, the camera will be damn near useless for night shots.
inter-mode handover problems? jeez...
priceless, it's taken the networks an age to iron out 3G-GSM handovers and now the bloody handsets are going backwards. i bet HSPA is to blame, overlaid / bolted on as it is.
I spent time testing handovers on an automation rig I built some time back: it's not rocket science so come on Nokia, drag your game up before you become a laughing-stock. symbian will die on its' arse if Nokia don't improve their attitude.
in the meantime, i'll wait until this new phone is just about impossible to buy befor I buy it. after several software / hardware updates maybe it'll hang together.
still using my p990!l