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Nokia N97 Given Official Launch Date

The title rather gives this away...

Nokia has finally given us a release date for its most anticipated handset to date, the N97. The flagship handset will officially go on sale in the UK on Friday 19 June. It will be available at Nokia stores and from its online store for the slightly more palatable sim free price of £499.

Interestingly, Nokia has also announced the N97 will be launched on the 3, Orange, T-Mobile and Vodafone networks and stocked by the Carphone Warehouse and Phones 4U branches from 26 June. Previously Orange had declined the N97 based on its native Skype integration so we've pressed Nokia for clarification over this issue. O2 still remains out the picture.

The Nokia N97 marks the Finns' first high end touchscreen device (following the mid-range 5800 XpressMusic) and packs in top specs. Most notably you'll find HSDPA, WiFi, aGPS, a 5MP camera with Carl Zeiss lens, physical sliding Qwerty keyboard, whopping 32GB of native memory and a microSD slot. It will also come with the Ovi Store preinstalled. The choice of a resistive touchscreen however is a disappointment while at 117.2 x 55.3 x 15.9mm (18.25mm at the camera) and approximately 150g you'll need big pockets.

So, that's the Palm Pre, Nokia N97 and possibly a third generation iPhone as well as the exciting Android based Samsung I7500 all arriving this month. Happy June folks!


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June 2, 2009, 8:48 pm

The Pre, N97, Android, and the unannounced iPhone, all mentioned in one article...

I hereby declare round 3 of the Fanboy fight, open.


June 2, 2009, 9:18 pm

Why is the resistive touchscreen a disappointment?


June 2, 2009, 9:46 pm

@Cub - anyone would think I did it on purpose ;)

@morsch - I've gone into the problems faced by resistive screens in comparison to capacitive in quite some detail on the site already so you should be able to find more information. I am also currently working on an interview I did with Synaptics which should be published soon and shed more light on the area.


June 2, 2009, 9:59 pm

Gordon I have to say I think the screen type issue has been bigged up far too much. I can type on my P1i screen perfectly without a stylus... A more interesting factor for me would be whether the screen supports multi-touch. I look forward to this new Synaptics article though :-)


June 2, 2009, 10:06 pm

... and trying the N97 :-D

So if this was bought unlocked, o2 would basically kill the Skype over 3G features by blocking it or making it so slow that its useless for voice communications?

Might be time to dump o2...


June 2, 2009, 10:23 pm

It's really unfortunate that Orange/O2/Vodafone/T-Mobile/etc. can't accept becoming dumbpipes, when will they realize that your average consumer is clued up enough about technology to know that the 'improvements' these companies add actually detract value from a product and just try to lock you to that one provider. I'm sick and tired of these companies thinking they can get away with hamstringing innovative products because it may upset their bottom line (just look what it did to the music industry for petes sake), you don't increase sales by making your product less valuable and more restrictive. The iPhone may have kicked mobile designers into gear, now whos going to do it for the mobile providers?


June 2, 2009, 10:36 pm

@Gnormie Well said.


June 2, 2009, 11:01 pm

@xenos - problem #1: resistive touchscreens currently can't support multi-touch. So patents or no patents fitting a resistive touchscreen to a mobile phone rules out the possibility of multi-touch being enabled in future by firmware updates.

Geek in Training

June 3, 2009, 12:14 am

Perfect timing! My contract is up next week (at last!) and it&#8217s time my faithful Samsung G600 was upgraded.

My wish list includes a sleek design, a slick user interface, good battery life, excellent flash enabled mobile internet with Wi Fi connectivity plus a 3 to 5mp camera with a good flash and lens. My Ipod Nano is still going strong so excellent music playback isn&#8217t a priority but a 3.5mm jack would be a bonus. All of this plus preferably free on a £20 - £35pm contract!

The HTC Magic, Iphone 3G and Nokia 5800 push some of my buttons but all lack essential features in one way or another. I'm hoping the Nokia N97 will be the answer.

However, with the LG Crystal, LG Viewty Smart (eagerly awaiting the review guys), Palm Pre, Samsung 17500 and, of course, the New Iphone all imminent, the choice is fantastic&#8230&#8230but bewildering! Oh, what to do? Answers on a postcard please!


June 3, 2009, 12:16 am

@Geek in Training I had a preview of the Viewty Smart the other day and wasn't impressed. It feels cheap and the sensor in the camera doesn't live up to the megapixel rating.

The best handset I have tried so far is the Palm Pre, but the I7500 looks really something and we'll have to wait for whatever Apple announces obviously.


June 3, 2009, 2:37 am

For those worried about this phone being crippled by whichever network you take out a contract with, well theres a fairly simple little process involving a program called nemesis service suite which along with nokias update program can install the original firmware. But given the dearth of quality third party programs available for this and nokias other phones i see little incentive for choosing this especialy with the upcoming palm pre looking so promising.

Luciano Howard

June 3, 2009, 3:48 am

Pretty sure the Palm Pre isn't coming here until later this year (Xmas) due to supply issues etc.....so I understand from the mongers of rumour :(


June 3, 2009, 4:37 am

@Luciano - that's true. I was referring to the US release date and an exciting month for mobile phones globally. Slight ambiguity.


June 3, 2009, 12:35 pm

N97? Pah! I'm waiting for the 6700 classic which I have pre-ordered. Does everything I need, plus it's tiny...


June 3, 2009, 2:25 pm

Thanks for the heads up Gordon :)


June 3, 2009, 5:08 pm

Multi-touch on a resistive touchscreen can be done, but it is like you (Gordon) pretty much said, you can't update the firmware of current resistive touchscreen phones and suddenly have multi-touch.

But to prove my point, here is a demo of a resistive touchscreen featuring multi-touch:



June 3, 2009, 5:30 pm

@Helmore you do realise that sentence says: "resistive touchscreens currently can't support multi-touch" - what you a pointing out is a prototype next generation of resistive touchscreen that won't be available for a long time.

Keith 7

June 4, 2009, 6:19 pm

@Steve - where did you pre-order your 6700 from? Do you have a definitive spec? Nokia.com isn't much help, some screens say it has wifi, some say it doesn't...

Nick Boardman

June 11, 2009, 3:22 pm

Hey Gordon, long time no speak, I trust you are well? Any update on the Orange situation? I think this is the first time I could live with just 1 device, by ditching my 6301 and E71, but Stone Group is 100% Orange?

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