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Published on May 25th, 2009 | by Arsalan Mir


N97 Sneak-Peak

Like I had mentioned in my previous post, the Nokia Bloggers Meet-up was held on 22nd May at The Sports Bar – Karachi. The event wasn’t just a bloggers meet-up but also a sneak-peak of N97.

N97- The new entrant in the Nokia’s flagship N-series is due to launch in Pakistan in first week of June. This time Nokia came different and thus was this pre-launch meet-up with the bloggers.

Mr. Adeel Hashmi, Communication Manager – Nokia Pakistan, started off the event giving an introduction to the idea of meeting the bloggers for the pre-launch and promised more of such meet-ups. The keynote speakers of the evening were Mr. Khurram Pradhan, Product and Portfolio Manager and Ms. Shabana Shahzad, Program Manager.

Khurram Pradhan gave his presentation on the main theme of N97 – Personal Internet. In his presentation he also focused on what’s driving the transformation of converged devices. He discussed that Nokia has been working on converging mobile phone with internet from last decade to enhance the personal internet experience.

At present out of the 1.3 billion internet users 520 million use it on mobile device and research has indicated this figure will go up to 1.5 billion by the year 2012. Nokia being consumer centric is on the move to make the mobile broadband dream a reality.

Not only this Nokia also plans to attract the market where we have 93 million users using the social network services like facebook, my space and twitter on their mobile devices, 82 million downloading maps on their devices, 22.3 million access the internet on devices daily for news and information and where we also have 184 million blogs among which 77%  are actively read and commented. In efforts of enriching the networking experience, the N97 comes with third party widgets, which are standalone programs on your mobile home screen.

Nokia’s customer care is a two dimensional strategy, one, devices for connecting people and second devices for connecting places which it achieves along with Ovi Maps.

Foreseeing the future in application development Nokia has acquired all of the rights to the Symbian operating system (OS) and open sourced it under the Eclipse license.

Khurram’s part ended with a Q and A session and then came the most interesting and most awaited SNEAK PEAK at the N97. Ms. Shabana Shahzad conducted it. Bloggers were also given the feel-it experience of N97.

Some of the N97 features are:

– Easy and fast connections to internet services
– Easy text input with QWERTY keyboard and touch screen
– 3.5 inch sliding tilt display
– Live personalized home screen with widgets
– Up-to-date information via RSS feed
– Fully compatible with Oviservices
– Browse real web pages
– Take pictures and videos and share them immediately
– Watch high-quality video on the large 3.5 inch 16:9 widescreen
– Video playback at 30 fps, for a wide array of formats
– Play videos, music and pictures on TV using TV-out
– Access internet video feeds through Nokia Video Center
– Enjoy great audio through standard 3.5 mm jack headphones, built-in stereo speakers or Bluetooth technology
– Digital music player with support for play list editing, equalizer and categorized access to your music collection
– Search, browse and purchase songs online in Nokia Music Store (for availability, please visit www.music.nokia.com)
– Nokia Maps with integrated compass and A-GPS receiver
– Multimedia city guides and navigation services. Drive: voice guided car navigation, or Walk: pedestrian-optimized turn-by-turn guidance. (Navigation may need to be purchased separately.)
– World-class game titles with N-Gage
– Make you home-screen private any time you want


N97 Tech Profile:

System:        WCDMA 900/1900/2100 (HSDPA), EGSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
User Interface:    S60 5th Edition
Dimensions:    117.2 x 55.3 x 15.9 mm*mm (L x W x H) *18.25 mm at camera area
Weight:        Approx. 150 g
Display:        3.5 inch TFT with up to 16 million colorsnHD16:9 widescreen (640×360 pixels)
Battery:         Nokia Battery BP-4L, 1500 mAh
Memory:        Up to 48GB (32 GB on-board memory, plus 16GB expansion via micro SD memory card slot)
Video playback:    MPEG-4 / SP and MPEG-4 AVC/H.264,up to 30 fps, up to VGA resolution Real Video up to QCIF @ 30 fps Windows Media (WMV9) up to CIF @ 30 fps Flash Lite 3.0 / Flash Video in internet browser
Music playback:    MP3, AAC, eAAC, eAAC+, WMA
Lens:        Carl Zeiss Tessar™
Image capture:    Up to 5 mega pixels (2584 x 1938) JPEG/EXIF (16.7 million/24-bit color)
Video capture:    MPEG-4 VGA (640 x 480) at up to 30 fps
Aperture:        F2.8
Focal length:    5.4 mm
Flash:        Dual LED camera flash and video light
Talk time:        Up to 320 min (3G), 400 min (GSM)
Standby time:    Up to 400 hrs (3G), 430 hrs (GSM)
Video playback:    Up to 4,5 hours (offline mode)
Music playback:    Up to 37 hours (offline mode)

The device shall be availabe here in second week of june at an expected retail price of Rs. 60,000.

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About the Author

is a Telecom enthusiast with engineering background based in Lahore. On professional front, he is the Director Operations at the Target Group. He can be reached at arsalan (at) telecompk (dot) net

11 Responses to N97 Sneak-Peak

  1. kashiq says:

    I am waiting to get my hand on Nokia Aeon ( http://www.domesticutilities.com/aeon.htm ). I beleive this phone will be the best upcoming nokia phone in future

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  6. Adnan says:

    in bangladesh its only 43000 where dollar is 1 usd=70 taka..
    and here in pakistan its 60000 where 1 usd-80 rupee
    what is going on with nokia people

  7. eddy says:

    the n97 comes to me as a big disappointment .. i was expecting a far better device from nokia than this .. ..

    ive been using nokias since a little before 2000 and have always had the same idea abt them .. there just different casings with the same OS …

    the iphone.. thats a different story .. they were able to pull off something spectacular .. while it may not have all the features of a high end nokia but look at how effectively they were able to merge touch screens into a pocket size phone.. and a touchscreen which isnt useless like a htc/imate etc ..

    A friend has a 5800 music express .. watever u call it .. i dint like it at all ..a lthough at first it appealed to me . but once i sat down with it .. its a bloody useless device .. and by the looks of it .. nokia has carried on alot of the 5800 to the n97 ..

    i dont want to get into the debate whether this is better than the iphone or not .. but for now i have my eyes set on the Palm Pre.. now that is a phone which could very well be the iphone killer .. that is if they launch a gsm version soon

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  10. zubair says:

    Apple will be out of market i will be very happpy iphone is not a phone its a useless device

  11. Rizwan Sarwar says:

    This is a big release from NOKIA, they have done their market experiment with Xpress 5800 and now is the time to release the big one. Nokia have been holding back to get the target market/strategy/time right for this one. Obviously there are huge expectations, some are saying already that this is not going to be as good as iPhone which already have major market share and with their new OS 3.0 is a much better device to live with. We will find out very soon, personally I am waiting for this and have not upgraded my very trusty N73, I have seen and used Xpress 5800 and that disappointed me. I reserve my judgements for this one for now.

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