The Nokia N97 brought tears to my eyes

Watch this first:

… and then watch this:

This device has emerged from Nokia World 2008 and it looks like a real hottie! There are some details about its specifications on the Nokia Conversations blog:

The most physically immediate stand-out feature of the N97 is its kick-out full QWERTY keyboard, hidden behind a 3.5-inch widescreen 16:9 touch display that tilts smartly above the keys. Both control methods neatly coexist and are tailored to ensure every experience, be it messaging, social, entertainment-focussed or otherwise, are manageable via the most instinctive physical toolset available. The touchscreen promises to be exploited to full effect, even when inactive, courtesy of a new homescreen that automatically sucks in live information via custom widgets sat on a S60 5th Edition backbone.

The N97 enters the fray stomaching 32GB of on-board storage, double that of any mobile device currently in existence, and can take up to another 16GB via microSD, enabling it to become a portable multi-media computer with 48GB in your pocket. Of course Nokia wants you to abuse this space with music, movies, photos and N-Gage games, and as such has worked hard to ensure the N97’s battery is up to the task – it promises to kick out up to 37 hours of music and 4.5 hours of video.

Embracing location based services and the concept of context awareness, the N97 is location-savvy, automatically sensing where it is at any given time via A-GPS. The benefit being that you’ll be able to tap into local services with ease and share your social location with friends minus any extra fiddling or fuss.

Other key talents include a 5 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss Tessar lens and dual LED flash, GPS, HSDPA, Wi-Fi, USB 2.0, stereo Bluetooth and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Be sure to check out Jonathan Greene’s initial impressions and the Engadget post. I am going to go back to my corner in a dark room and weep silently for a few more minutes …

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One response to “The Nokia N97 brought tears to my eyes

  1. […] Fleishman-Hillard invited me to meet with and interview Mathia Nalappan, Nokia South Africa’s General Manager, last week. I sat down for an hour with Mathia and Tania Steenkamp, Nokia South Africa and Southern Africa’s Communications Manager and chatted about topics ranging from models for rural areas to Nokia’s environmental efforts to the new Nokia N97. […]

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