Nokia N97

Nokia N97 Mini coming later in 2009?

Chalk this one up under the "big rumor" heading for the moment, but a moderator at the Vodafone View forums has claimed that the carrier will be releasing a "Nokia N97 Mini" in Ireland later this year.  The phone is described as "competitively" priced, which the moderator suggests will "appeal to a wider segment of customers"; as such, the Nokia N97 will not be launched in Ireland.

Nokia N97 video unboxing & first-impressions

Nokia N97 video unboxing & first-impressions

Nokia's N97 flagship smartphone began shipping to US customers last week, and a white review unit has dropped onto the desk of our sibling-site PhoneMag.  They've done the honorable thing and put together a full unboxing video and hands-on gallery, as well as sharing some initial impressions about the long-awaited N97. 

Unboxing video and hands-on N97 gallery after the cut

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SlashGear Week in Review – Week 24 2009

After Palm's big moment last weekend, Apple once again seized the headlines with their WWDC 2009 keynote on Monday morning.  We showed up to liveblog the whole announcement, expecting a new smartphone, and the company delivered in the shape of the iPhone 3G S - twice the speed, twice the storage, and the same styling as the iPhone 3G - together with a launch date for iPhone OS 3.0.  However, Apple weren't content with just that: they also brought along a new MacBook Pro range complete with integrated batteries; check out our video unboxing and first-impressions.

Nokia N97 NAM and N86 8MP available now

Nokia N97 NAM and N86 8MP available now

You wait for a high-end Nokia phone and two come along at once.  Nokia's N97 has been a long time in coming, but the North America version of the touchscreen QWERTY smartphone should be reaching buyers today; at the same time, the company has announced that their N86 8MP cameraphone, unveiled back at Mobile World Congress, is also now shipping globally.

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Nokia N97 gets June worldwide launch

Nokia have announced that their N97 flagship smartphone will go on sale worldwide this month.   No word on pricing for any of the 75 countries that will soon be getting the 3.5-inch touchscreen handset, nor specific availability dates, but the UK will apparently get it on unlocked and SIM-free from Nokia themselves as of June 19th.

 

Nokia billing N97 pre-order customers: delivery imminent?

Nokia are reportedly beginning to debit the accounts of those who pre-ordered the N97 smartphone, suggesting that the rumored June 2nd release date could turn out to be true.  According to a member of the N97 Geeks Forum, Nokia have billed him for the full pre-order price of the smartphone on May 19th.

Nokia N97 official preorder just $454.35!

Nokia N97 official preorder just $454.35!

Nokia seem determined to slice off as much of their profit margin on the N97 as possible, offering huge discounts on the flagship smartphone before it's even released.  Currently available to preorder, Nokia are throwing in an instant discount on the N97 that amounts to $174.75; then, with the addition of the promo code CARTP409N, the price comes tumbling even further, down to just $454.35.

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Nokia N97 424MHz ARM11 CPU confirmed: underpowered?

Nokia have released hardware specifications for their N97 smartphone, and it makes for disappointing reading for anyone hoping the QWERTY handset would pack the same CPU and GPU grunt as recent rivals.  According to Nokia, the N97 uses an ARM11 434MHz processor and 128MB of RAM; that's actually less than the Nokia XpressMusic 5630, which musters up a 600MHz CPU.

Toshiba TG01 – why am I not excited?

Toshiba TG01 – why am I not excited?

Yesterday Toshiba took the wraps off their latest smartphone, the TG01, and with it catapulted themselves into the must-see category at Mobile World Congress next week.  We've got details, photos and high-definition video of the TG01 if you need to get fully up to speed, but basically it's a 9.9mm thick WM6.1 smartphone with a 4.1-inch touchscreen, all the usual 3G and GPS connections, and a custom GUI as is so common now among users of Microsoft's mobile platform.  There's no denying it's a slick, attractive handset - so how come I can't get excited?

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Nokia planning multitouch devices for Q2 launch?

Nokia is planning several 3G and 3.5G devices with multitouch and multimedia functionality in 2009, according to the latest industry rumors.  Despite poor financial performance in the last quarter, and predictions that the mobile device market would shrink in the coming year, Nokia have apparently told chip suppliers that it will increase orders in March, with new handsets using the technology launching in Q2 2009.

Nokia N97 pre-order suggests March 31st UK release

Nokia N97 pre-order suggests March 31st UK release

UK online retailer Play.com have begun to accept pre-orders for the Nokia N97, suggesting a release date for the touchscreen smartphone of March 31st 2009.  The handset, which is supplied SIM-free and unlocked, is priced at £479.99 ($704); only the white version is currently listed.  Nokia themselves have not yet confirmed an official release date, only that the N97 will launch in the first half of 2009, nor have they priced the device.

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SlashGear Week in Review: Week 2 2009

SlashGear Week in Review: Week 2 2009

We kicked off the week with our yearly visit to Macworld, finding a slightly subdued show floor but plenty of excitement about Apple's final keynote address at the conference.  Anticipation was high, with several new products expected to launch; instead, however, the only hardware news was a 17-inch unibody MacBook Pro.  No Mac mini update, no iPhone nano, no new iMac, and certainly no new iTouch tablet.  Phil Schiller attempted to channel some Jobsian enthusiasm over iLife '09 and iWork '09, which are certainly adept pieces of software, and the price changes for iTunes could shake up the download world a little, but it wasn't the "going out with a bang" for Macworld that many expected.

After that, it was CES 2009, and the SlashGear team decamped to Las Vegas to cover the best-known consumer electronics show on the calendar.  The impact of the recession has certainly made its mark on CES, with what looked to be a lower attendee turnout and several booth cancellations.  Headline gadgets were also fewer and further between, though there were still a few notable announcements.

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