Posts Tagged ‘N97’
After the leaks and fiasco of yesterday, Nokia got its act right today and officially launched the N86 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. This phone has similar dual-slider form factor as its soon-to-be-launched N97 bretheren. The other specs for this phone are as follows:
Nokia announced that the N86 will be available in second quarter in Europe and retail for €375. With launch so close to the N97 and similar specs, I wonder how the N86 will cannabilize the N97 sales.
Mobile World Congress Day 1 recap: Nokia Ovi Store, LG GD900, Arena, Windows Mobile 6.5, Samsung OmniaHD
Here is a recap of the top news story on this the first day of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona:
Nokia announced 4 new phones and the Ovi App store which will be available in March for publishers to upload content and on the N97 when it comes out in June. There are two new E-series devices: Nokia E75 and Nokia E55 with revamped email interface. The Navigator series got two more devices too: Nokia 6710 Navigator, and the Nokia 6720 classic. As the name suggest the 6710 Navigator is GPS centric device while the 6720 classic has advanced noice cancellation and form factor designed to fit around the face. Nokia, in an unusual move, announced its N86 phone far from the action in Singapore. This 8Mpxl camera phone is an update to the to-be-launched N97 with similar form factor and dual-sliders.
LG and Microsoft announced a partnership wherein LG will launch 50 new Windows Mobile based phones by 2012. I am sure a lot of these phones will see the S-Class treatment which we saw in LG Arena (also announced today with March availability in Europe). LG also announced the GD900 which has a transparent keypad slider with a very thin, 13.4″ thick casing, and have 7.2 Mbps HSDPA.
Speaking of Microsoft, it also announced the availability of Windows Mobile 6.5 with its honeycomb home screen; MyPhone, its cloud-based backup solution; Recite, the voice memo organization tool; and its own marketplace called Windows Marketplace for Mobile, which will be available on all phones running WinMo 6.5 and above.
Finally, Samsung had the best news of all: the new OmniaHD (review here), its Symbian S60 OS-based,12.7mm thin beauty with a huge 3.7″ glass AMOLED touchscreen display, an 8 Mpxl camera that shoots 720p video, HD video out, video calling, Wi-Fi, GPS and 8 to 16GB internal storage plus microSDHC support with aluminum body. It also announced the BeatDJ (see video review) with Bang & Olufson audio, 3 megapixel camera, DivX support, a 2.8″ AMOLED touchscreen and DJ features which allows the user to record tracks, scratch and add effects.
According to the European mobile phone retailer Play.com, Nokia’s new flagship product the N97 will launch on March 31st. It already has a pre-order page for th phone which will cost 478 euros. (Play.com has since taken the pre-order page down, insteading collecting email addresses for future notification). The features of this phone are truly impressive:
- 3.5 inch TFT touchscreen display with 640 x 360 pixels screen resolution and 16 million colors.
- Quad-band GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, GPRS and EDGE, HSDPA connectivity, internal GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
- 32 GB internal memory (Wow!)
- MicroSD card support: up to 16GB
- QWERTY keyboard
- Nokia Maps 2.0 Touch
- 3.5 mm audio output jack
- Handwriting recognition
- Accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate
- Digital compass
- MP3 / WMA / WAV / eAAC+ player
These are truly impressive specs. Let’s hope it comes to US soon.
[Via Tech Digest]
Nokia, like all strong companies, continues to push forward inspite of the current economic situation and its own lower forecast of mobile market. It is working on the next generation of its flagship N-series phone, the N97 which is slated to be launched in the first half of 2009. Here is an in-depth review of the N97 pre-production model from Mobile Review in which they have not only compared it to various competitors like iPhone, Xperia, HTC Touch Pro, but also put it through its pace having tested the various features of the phone and have tons of pics. Speaking of features, here are some key ones:
- 117.2×55.3×15.9 mm QWERTY slider with tilt stand for screen
- 150 grams
- white and dark-brown colors
- two cameras with the primary camera being a 5 Mpxl standard shooter
- Over 128 MB RAM with 70MB available for apps
- microSD slot with no limit on card capacity
- 3.5 inch diagonal, 16:9 aspect ratio, 16 million colors and 640×360-pixel resolution (43×78 mm)
- micro-USB, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi
- 369 MHz ARM11 CPU
While a lot of these features are standard on other handsets and priced competitively, the N97 is expected to come with a hefty price tag. The reason for this is simple. Nokia is positioning this device as the first device to be very tightly integrated into the various services out of the box. This is a new paradigm and also Nokia’s first product based on its strategic focus to the service-driven concept across its entire portfolio.
[Via Engadget Mobile]