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Jun 4, 2009

Nokia Begins Selling N97 Smartphone

Right on schedule, Nokia announced that it has begun selling its long-awaited N97 smartphone--er, sorry, "mobile computer." The N97 offers a 3.5-inch touch screen LCD, a full QWERTY keyboard, and direct access to the handset vendor's troubled Ovi Store for buying or downloading mobile apps.

The N97 lets users customize the home screen with widgets, including ones for popular destinations like Facebook and news services like Bloomberg or The Associated Press. The N97 also features a whopping 32GB of internal storage, plus a microSD card slot that adds up to 16GB of additional storage plus the ability to sideload media. The handset includes a 5-megapixel camera with a Carl Zeiss lens and can record video files at up to 30 frames per second.

The N97 is available unlocked in either black or white for $699.00 direct from www.nokiausa.com although despite the company's availability announcement, it's listed as out of stock on the time of this writing. The N97 is probably the closest shot Nokia has taken at the iPhone to date. But without a carrier subsidy, it's going to be a tough sell, aside from the select few high-end customers who appreciate the advantages of unlocked devices.

In India they are planning to price it at Rs. 34,000.

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