Nokia reveals N97, its highest-end smartphone

Nokia rolled out its next generation of smartphones, with more power, more features and stronger specs. The Nokia N97's 3.5-inch touchscreen has a 640 x 360 (16:9) display, and gives you subtle buzzing haptic feedback with every touch. It's also packing a 5-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, shooting stills and recording 30fps video, all stored on a generous 32GB internal flash drive.

Oh yeah, the N97 is a phone, too, connecting with 3.5G (otherwise known as HSDPA), and also hooks up with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and A-GPS. Also like its predecessors, it has that slide-out Qwerty keyboard that we prefer over clumsy touchscreen typing. Alas, it's rather heavy and big, weighing a comparatively hefty 5.23 ounces and is 2/3 of an inch thick. Aside from that, we especially like that always-open window up front, showing off your chosen data.

Priced at around $697 before the usual discounts, too bad we won't be seeing this trinket in the real world until the second quarter of next year, which could mean the end of June for Europe, later than that in the U.S. If it just had a robust app store, multitouch capability, and were a little less bulky, this would be the perfect smartphone. Check out the gallery of close-ups below, and then click Continue for a hands-on video:





Via Nokia press release