Nokia unveils high-end N97 device

03 Dec 2008

Nokia has taken the wraps off its the N97, a touchscreen phone that is its most direct response yet to the iPhone.

The device, which will be priced at 550 euros ($699), has a full QWERTY keyboard and a 3.5" inch display and offers Flash streaming video.

The phone uses A-GPS to support what Nokia calls SoLo - social location - that aims to help sharing of photos and data with friends and to update social networks in real-time.

It has 32 GB of on-board memory, expandable with a 16 GB microSD card. It will ship in the first half of 2009, Nokia said.

Nokia also launched a personalized mapping app and the ability to access Yahoo and other web-based email services via the mobile phone.

The new maps service allows users to pre-plan their journey at home on a PC and synchronize with their mobile, giving access to pre-planned routes and favorite destinations while on the move.

Both services will run on Nokai's Ovi platform, which also provides access to Nokia's music store and synchronization services.

Speaking at Nokia World in Barcelona, CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo said Nokia's global scope, along with assets such as Ovi and mapping subsidiary Navteq, "uniquely position Nokia to transform the Internet to become a more personal and relevant part of our lives. And that's a claim no legacy Internet company can make."

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