No, it’s not N97 again..It’s basically called N97 mini and is almost the same, only smaller than his twin brother. We had previewed N97 at the beginning of this summer and we saw that Nokia is capable to build a touch screen mobile with QWERTY keyboard. What we didn’t saw is that Nokia rushed to release N97 model to try to battle the new iPhone 3GS which was released close after that.
Mini version of N97 comes with a 3.2 inches TFT touchscreen which provides a resolution of 360 x 640 pixels and supports 16M colors. It’s smaller and thinner than his brother having 113 x 52.5 and just 14.2 mm thickness. At the top of the display we find the video call camera, earpiece device and the ambient light + proximity sensor while on the bottom are the touch sensitive call and end call buttons.
The Power button is situated as usual for a Nokia phone, at the top close to the 3.5 mm audio jack port. The right side of the mini version features volume rocker buttons and the camera shutter key while on the left side is the microUSB port and a screen lock slider.
Sliding the phone to right is the required action to discover the 3-rows QWERTY keyboard. Keys are very easy to press and the D-pad had been replaced with four arrow keys.
At the back of the “mini” phone is the 5 megapixel camera which comes equipped with Carl Zeiss optics, autofocus, Dual LED flash and video light. It can take photos with a resolution up to 2592×1944 pixels and record videos at 30fps.
Phone has the same processor as N97, an ARM 11 434 MHz and comes with Symbian OS v9.4, Series 60 rel. 5 operating system. Homescreen can be personalised with a lot of widgets, but you only have 5 spaces where to put them.
N97 mini had been redesigned text messages, image gallery, file manager or the music player apps and made them just perfect for your experience.
Connectivity features available are quite a lot on N97 mini. GPRS, EDGE, 3G or 2G, microUSB, Bluetooth 2.00 and Wi-Fi are all present so you don’t miss a thing. Internal memory has 8Gb and RAM has 256 Mb, but the internal can be extended by microSD card(up to 16GB). Gps is also available with A-GPS support and comes with Nokia Maps.
The battery is smaller than N97 one, having just 1200 mAh (BL-4D) which provides 310 h in standby mode or up to 6 h in talk time. A good thing on this battery is that it can last up to 32 h if you plan to use the phone just to listen music.
Nokia N97 mini model ships from October all over the world with an estimated price of €450.