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Nokia N97 gets touchscreen and qwerty

Even before we get to buy the Nokia 5800 XPressMusic here in the Philippines, Nokia is already banking on a better and more usable version for its NSeries version — the Nokia N97.

The Nokia N97 looks like it’s positioned against the touchscreen + qwerty combination of the Sony Ericsson XPeria X1.

nokia n97


…and the Nokia N97 specs:

3.5 inches (360×640 pixels, 16 million colors) touchscreen display
32GB internal memory
up to 16GB on microSD
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g
HSDPA 3.6Mbps
proximity sensor
accelerometer sensor
full qwerty keyboard
handwriting recognition
5 MP (2584×1938 pixels) Carl Zeiss optics, autofocus, video (30fps)
2nd front facing camera for videocalls
LED Flash
GPS receiver (A-GPS support)
Stereo FM radio with RDS
TV Out
3.5 mm audio output jack
Symbian OS v9.4, Series 60 rel. 5

With that much specs on a qwerty and touchscreen phone, the Nokia N97 could cool down excitement for the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic. It will be out by first half of 2009 and will retail for about $693 (~Php34,000).

Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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37 Responses

  1. jhay says:

    It’s definitely aimed at the X1. A story on Reuters said that it’s release in 2009 is a little late if Nokia were to take the lead of the market again.

    Then again, it would be a different story here in the Philippines because we practically swallowed up every phone Nokia dished out at us. ;)

  2. 32GB of internal disk space plus another 16GB is pretty neat storage. Oh well, this could be my wish list for Christmas 2009. LOL

  3. NieL says:

    Wow, awesome spec.

  4. Shaine says:

    Oh darn! I wasn’t informed about this phone earlier. If I was, I would’ve wait for this to come out than buying Xperia all the way from Saudi. Oh well, it’s still cool though. I’m just a 15 yr. old kid. No need to have things flashy :) I favor Sony Ericsson’s camera than Nokia :)

  5. Yoe says:

    Compared to the current price of the X1, the N97s price is very tempting.

  6. xymo says:

    i hope this one got a better touch screen than 5800 and less bug unlike the N85 and N96 that Nseries recently released.

  7. resourcesandmoney.blogspot.com says:

    N97 vs. iPhone. Hmm.. The market has a good fight now.

  8. Chester says:

    My gripe is always with the LED Flash :-(

  9. noel says:

    windows mobile has this version before – the physical aspect i mean; HTC Tilt or Kaiser.

  10. jazzy says:

    dvbh is missing in n97? why?

  11. Lloyd Lopez says:

    The design looks an HTC Kaiser / Tyn II to me.

  12. Obed says:

    The thing about Nokia is, after they released a new product, after months they will release another product, so people will buy like SE or LG or Samsung instead of Nokia…

    But I like the specs, I wish other brand will create more exciting feature, I just don’t want to buy Nokia anymore.

  13. humblePride says:

    wow ever since Im a nokia enthusiast..

  14. berryboy says:

    cool phone! but i love my BB Bold now :) i had different nokia units in the past, the last was N80, which was lost recently:(

  15. coolkiko says:

    well thats what puts nokia a leader on mobile phones. they keep on introducing no products. and when they introduce products they dont just introduce one.

    im enjoying my 5800XM but i will surely buy this new baby. what i love about nokia is the ease of use. i also love their decent camera.

  16. Makubex says:

    the nokia n97 price is 34k pesos?
    i wish that are true because i read in another forum that nokia n97 is 54k pesos

  17. makubex says:

    click the link they said Nokia N97 are come out with 55k pesos not 34k


  18. thanks for that nice blog!

  19. viel says:

    is it already in the market? how much? anyone? :D

  20. inglesero says:

    stop making fools of yourselves, posers! if you can’t talk straight up english, then don’t. i hate social climbers, wannabees. you don’t have money to buy this phone! drool your guts out!

  21. test says:

    wehhhh. ang yabang naman ni inglesero…

  22. Nikka says:

    Price is PhP34,000 only! Last day to pre-order the Nokia N97 is June 19! Plus get a chance to get your Nokia N97 bundled with a free Linksys Wireless-G Broadband Router (worth Php 2,995) and free delivery. Go to http://www.nokia.com.ph/n97preorder for details

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  26. Edward says:

    this phone was ranked poorly by GSM arena, and I think I’ll go with them… and besides, I find this phone too ostentatious.

  27. JACKLYN says:

    my mom is using this phone .

    medyo mahirap at first kung unang encounter mo sa pag gamit ng QWERTY na keypad.

    but all in all its cool

  28. Good review. I’m sick of all the apple fanboys shoving their iphones in my face. Maybe this will shut them up :)

  29. Karls says:

    Nokia sure makes the best and ergonomic phones in the market today. the Nokia N97 have very good ergonomics and is very user friendly

  30. TAE says:

    May DVBH po ang n97. Ibig sabihin pede ka manuod ng live TV dito kahit saan ka man. At para senyo na umaasa sa review ng GSMARENA isa lang masasabi ko senyo. Walang kwenta mag review ang GSMARENA. Meron ako Samsung omnia i8910 HD at ang kapatid ko meron N97. At sa totoo lang mas gusto ko n97 kasi napaka userfriendly nya at di sya sluggish gaya ng mga samsung phones at ibang brand dyan. pero talo pa din ang n97 sa iphone. Papa ko may iphone iba talaga eh. HAHAHA!

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