Nokia N97

CES 2009: Nokia N97 hands-on: Facebook, widgets and Video Demo

CES 2009: Nokia N97 hands-on: Facebook, widgets and Video Demo

With all the furore over the Palm Pre this past week, many have forgotten that it will come up against another QWERTY-equipped, sliding touchscreen smartphone when it launches in the first half of 2009.  The Nokia N97 made a discrete showing at CES, bearing a newer (though still nowhere near final) software build than the version we last saw, and SlashGear sat down with the handset to find out some more details.  After the cut, we talk Facebook, widgets  and design decisions.

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Nokia N97 previewed

Nokia N97 previewed

The Nokia N97 may still be six months away, but that hasn't stopped Mobile-Review from putting together a fiendishly comprehensive "preview" of the QWERTY smartphone.  They've found the touchscreen handset to be sturdy and robust, with a solid hinge and, thanks to the elongated casing, a narrow feel in the hand.  The display comes in for compliments, too, both for its quality and finger-friendliness.

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SlashGear Week in Review – Week 49 2008

SlashGear Week in Review – Week 49 2008

Nokia stole much of the limelight this week, with the announcement of the N97 touchscreen QWERTY smartphone.  Set to take the crown as flagship N-series device when it hits the market next year, make sure to check out our video preview.  Meanwhile, after a few relatively quiet weeks, netbooks and their desk-bound nettop cousins seized headlines, with the HP Mini 1000 getting integrated 3G, Sony's EVDO/HSPA-packing VAIO netbook peeking out courtesy of the FCC, and the first Qualcomm Snapdragon netbook showing its convertible tablet charms.

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Next-gen Nokia touchscreen phone leaked?

Next-gen Nokia touchscreen phone leaked?

Color us sceptical with so little to go on, but Journal du Geek report that Nokia has been showing off the following teaser advert at their Capital Markets Day in Brooklyn on Thursday.  The image shows an as-yet unannounced Nokia device with a slim silver bezel, full touchscreen interface and minimal hardware controls, with the tagline "Best in class touch solution enables large volumes and growth".  Update: New information after the cut.

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Nokia N97 live demo video from Barcelona

Nokia N97 live demo video from Barcelona

Nokia's N97 smartphone is already polarizing opinion, with some welcoming it as the Finnish company's antidote to the iPhone and others worried that a resistive touchscreen and relatively chunky casing have already destined it to failure.  SlashPhone's Budi Putra was on hand for us at the Nokia World conference in Barcelona, and has spent some hands-on time with the N97 today; check out the video after the cut.

Nokia N97 announced: Video & Gallery

Nokia N97 announced: Video & Gallery

Nokia have announced the N97, its flagship N-series S60 smartphone.  Including both a 3.5-inch 640 x 360 resistive touchscreen with haptic feedback and a full QWERTY keyboard, with a slide-and-tilt mechanism that brings the display up to a 30-degree angle.  The S60 OS has been further tweaked to better make use of touch input, bringing it up to version 5, and includes many of the 5800 XpressMusic's features such as the quick contacts bar and desktop widgets.

Demo video of the Nokia N97 after the cut

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