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Is the new Nokia N97 what the N96 should have been?

December 3, 2008

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Nokia has just announced their new flagship N Series product for 2009 at Nokia World yesterday. The Nokia N97 looks to be a major improvement over it’s predecessors, but as the N96 was such a huge disappointment to existing N95 users, one wonders if this device should have been the next generation device beyond the N95.

Nokia took a big bet that the integrated Digital TV connectivity within the N96 would be a major reason for users to upgrade, but for those countries such as Australia that do not have the DVB-H digital TV standard, the N96 started to look like a “tarted” up N95. In fact, with the N96’s inferior casing build, the Nokia N95 8Gb was looking like a much better alternative. This gave a lot of Australian N95 users a good excuse to look too alternative devices such as the Apple iPhone or the Sony Ericsson Xperia.

It looks like the Nokia N97 is what a lot of us where hoping the N96 should have been. Whilst we can only see tantalising glimpses of what is being demonstrated on the various videos appearing on the web, the device does seem to be better constructed and the user interface more customisable.

Nokia is claiming the device will be launched in the 1st half of 2009, but for Australia that usually means the 2nd half of 2009.

It will be interesting to see if people will wait that time to upgrade to this device, or be tempted by a lot of the other next generation smartphone mobile devices that are starting to appear.

Nokia N97 specifications

System: WCDMA 900/1900/2100 (HSDPA), EGSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
User Interface: S60 5th Edition
Dimensions: 117.2 x 55.3 x 15.9 mm* mm (L x W x H) *18.25 mm at camera area
Weight: Approx. 150 g
Display: 3.5 inch TFT with up to 16 million colors nHD 16:9 widescreen (640×360 pixels)
Battery: Nokia Battery BP-4L, 1500 mAh
Memory: Up to 48GB (32 GB on-board memory, plus 16GB expansion via microSD memory card slot)
Lens: Carl Zeiss Tessar™
Image capture: Up to 5 megapixels (2584 x 1938) JPEG/EXIF (16.7 million/24-bit color)
Video capture: MPEG-4 VGA (640 x 480) at up to 30 fps
Aperture: F2.8
Focal length: 5.4 mm
Flash: Dual LED camera flash and video light
WLAN IEEE 802.11b/g with UPnP support
• Micro-USB connector, Hi-Speed USB 2.0
3.5mm stereo headphone plug and TV-out support (PAL/NTSC)
• Bluetooth wireless technology 2.0 with A2DP stereo audio, enhanced data rates (EDR)
GPS receiver with support for assisted GPS (A-GPS)

Nokia N97 data sheet (PDF)

Nokia World site

Posted By Shane Williamson

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