Nokia N97 Smartphone - Shipment Begins Today

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Only on its 2nd day and already June is proving to be a busy month as merchandisers vying for spots to mark their product launch.  One such is the anticipated N97 Smartphone from Nokia, which begins to roll out of its factories worldwide today.  First unveiled during the last December's Nokia World 2008, the N97 device, as Nokia puts it, is not so much a "smartphone" but more of a "mobile computer".

Working in conjunction with the newly opened application store from Nokia, Ovi, the N97 boasts a slew of functions, not unlike those found on the iPhone App Store.  Designed by Eguchi Shunjiro, its physical properties are impressive  as well, including a QWERTY key pad that doesn't slide out but pivot upward via: a "swing brace".  This immediate provide an ideal viewing angle of the 3.5 LCD screen for user while they type.

Though it most likely won't be able to dethrone the current king of mobile device Apple iPhone .  The new Nokia N97 will certain make the field a bit more crowded, which entails more selection for the consumers at large.

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> Nokia N97 Mobile Computer

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System:

  • WCDMA 900/1900/2100 (HSDPA)

  • EGSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz

Display:

  • 3.5 inch TFT LCD ~ 16 million colors

  • 16:9 widescreen (640 x 360 pixels)

Media Memory:

  • Up to 48GB

  • (32 GB on-board memory + 16 GB expansion (Micro SD)

Video Playback:

  • MPEG-4 / SP + MPEG-4 AVC/H.264

  • RealVideo - QCIF @ 30 fps

  • Windows Media (WMV9) - CIF @ 30 fps

  • Flash Lite 3.0 / Flash Video

Music Playback:

  • MP3, AAC, eAAC, eAAC+, WMA

Main Camera (2 cameras):

  • 5 megapixels (2584 x 1938)

  • Carl ZeissTessar Lens

  • F2.8 Aperture / Autofocus Focal Length 5.4 mm

  • Video capture: MPEG-4 VGA (640 x 480)

  • Dual LED Flash and Video

Connectivity:

  • WLAN IEEE 802.11b/g with UPnP support

  • Micro-USB connector, Hi-Speed USB 2.0

  • 3.5mm stereo headphone

  • Bluetooth 2.0

  • FM Radio

  • GPS receiver with support for assisted GPS (A-GPS)