“Nokia officially took the wraps off its mystery smartphone on Tuesday at the Nokia World 2008 conference in Barcelona, Spain,” Bonnie Cha reports for CNET.
“Part of the company’s high-end N series of multimedia computers, the N97 trumps all previous models with a slide-out full QWERTY keyboard and a tilting 3.5-inch touch screen,” Cha reports. “The N97 includes phone capabilities and is designed for the ‘needs of Internet-savvy consumers.'”
“The Home screen can be personalized with widgets of favorite Web and social-networking sites,” Cha reports. “The N97 is fully compatible with Nokia’s Ovi Internet services, which include the Nokia Music Store, Nokia Maps, and the N-Gage gaming platform–though these services have yet to fully launch in the United States.”
“The Nokia N97 is expected to ship in Europe during the first half of 2009, with an estimated price of 550 euros ($695),” Cha reports. “There is no official word on when we’ll see the N97 stateside. Heck, we’re still waiting for the Nokia N96.”
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Claudine Beaumont reports for The Telegraph, “Nokia has also promised that it will follow the lead of Apple, Google and Research in Motion, makers of the BlackBerry, by making it easier for third-party developers to write additonal software and programs for Nokia handsets… The N97 runs the Symbian operating system.”
“Nokia, which has more than a billion customers worldwide, faces stiff competition from newcomers to the mobile phone market, such as Apple, with its hugely popular iPhone, and even Google, which has helped to develop the open-source Android operating system that will be running on several phones next year, and which promises to bring the desktop computing experience to mobile devices,” Beaumont reports.
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Yawn. Seriously, just look at that thing. Simply put, Apple has unmercifully and utterly outclassed an entire industry.