BARCELONA, SPAIN — The rumours have gotten it right again, almost. For the past several weeks, Nokia, has, taking a leaf out of Apple's product marketing book, dangled a carrot to the tech world by keeping its upcoming product cloaked in secrecy. Since then, the Web has been on fire with speculation about Nokia's mystery phone, including rumor that it could be a touchscreen phone to rival the iPhone 3G.
While the N97 announced at Nokia World 2008 today in Barcelona, Spain, does have a generous 3.5-inch touchscreen (640 x 360-pixel) display, it also comes with a slideout flip-up QWERTY keypad. So, apple-to-apple, this resembles the HTC TyTN II or even the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 far more than the said iPhone.
As the newest flagship model in Nokia's Nseries line-up, and after a glance at the show-piece, expect everything but the kitchen sink here. In addition to 802.11b/g wireless LAN and GPS (with A-GPS), the N97 comes with HSDPA and A2DP Bluetooth radios. There's also support for multiple playback formats, a 3.5mm audio jack, VGA-quality video recording at 30fps, 5-megapixel image capture and the latest Series60 5th Edition OS.
Perhaps the most impressive feature of the N97 is its huge 32GB on-board memory, which is one of the highest capacities we have seen on a phone thus far. Additionally, the handset also comes with a built-in microSD card slot, which can currently support up to 16GB media, bringing the maximum storage possible on the N97 to an impressive 48GB.
The N97 is expected to be available worldwide in the first half of 2009 at an estimated price of 550 euros (AU$1,090) before tax or subsidies.