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Wow.. so the ultimate device for mobile 2.0 arrives?
The N 97, first qwerty for Nokia in N series line up and this one comes with S60 5th generation touch screen interface. Claims to have the biggest memory (upto 48 gb) and the best in multimedia capabilities including the DVD quality recording and playback and its seamless integration with Ovi.com service.
- 640x360 resistive touchscreen
- qwerty keyboard slider
- customizable desktop widgets
- 32GB of on-board memory
- Maps 3.0 app and a compass
- e to begin shipping in the first half of 2009 at an estimated retail price of EUR 550 before taxes or subsidies.
Setting aside the 5 mp camera and big screen with horizontal qwerty keyboard, whether N97 can take on iPhone in user interface needs to be seen. Gizmodo's report already indicates a not so perfect touch screen response.
HTC touch diamond, SE experia, Blackberry Storm and many more tried to out do Apple iPhone with more features and hardware but failed to make a serious dent to iPhone's leadership in Lifestyle device segment.
Expected to hit EU and Asian markets in H1 2009, this might reach US by the second half or 09. And Mr. Jobs would be announcing iPhone 3.0 by that time.
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