Depois de estrear na categoria de telefones touchscreen com o 5800, a Nokia finalmente incluiu o manuseio por toque no seu novo e principal smartphone com S60, o N97. 

Não é um mergulho inteiro no toque – ainda há um teclado horizontal QWERTY escondido abaixo da touchscreen de 3,5” e 640 x 360 pixels e que é acessado por meio de um mecanismo flip de 30º. O N97 rodará uma versão do Symbian OS ainda mais otimizada para toque, a S60 v5, com a barra de contatos rápidos do 5800 e uma coleção de widgets de desktop customizáveis que podem ter informações do Facebook, feeds RSS e que tais, como aqueles presentes no sistema operacional de internet tablets da Nokia. Os widgets serão abertos a desenvolvedores terceiros e – “por enquanto”, diz a Nokia – disponíveis pelo tradicional aplicativo Downloads do Symbian. Não é bem o equivalente à App Store que os fãs desejariam, mas a personalização por add-ons é definitivamente a rota adotada.

Como é comum com modelos da Nokia, o N97 deve chegar primeiro à Europa e à Ásia. O pessoal de Moscou e Macau pode esperar pelo novo smartphone por volta do primeiro semestre de 2009; logo depois, chega ao mercado norte-americano. Na Europa, ele sairá por € 550, sem subsídio.

O modelo que manuseamos brevemente em Nova York é, claro, a versão européia, sem 3G norte-americano (e, infelizmente, sem rede Wi-Fi disponível). Sem conectividade, não havia muito a ser testado, mas podemos dizer que o hardware é realmente bonito e condiz com o preço. Os widgets de desktop parecem legais, mas as desvantagens de uma touchscreen resistiva (incluída, como sempre, para assegurar reconhecimento de caracteres via stylus para o mercado asiático) foram imediatamente percebidas ao arrastar os widgets.

As especificações incluem 32 GB de memória on-board (com 16 GB adicionais via microSD), A-GPS com o aplicativo Maps 3.0 da Nokia, suporte a N-Gage e câmera de 5 MP com lentes Zeiss e flash de LED.


    Desktop. Laptop. Pocket: The era of the personal Internet dawns with the Nokia N97

    Tilting touch display, QWERTY keyboard and personalized home screen – a true mobile computer.

    Barcelona, Spain – Nokia today unveiled the Nokia N97, the world’s most advanced mobile computer, which will transform the way people connect to the Internet and to each other. Designed for the needs of Internet- savvy consumers, the Nokia N97 combines a large 3.5” touch display with a full QWERTY keyboard, providing an ‘always open’ window to favorite social networking sites and Internet destinations. Nokia’s flagship Nseries device introduces leading technology – including multiple sensors, memory, processing power and connection speeds – for people to create a personal Internet and share their ‘social location.’

    “From the desktop to the laptop and now to your pocket, the Nokia N97 is the most powerful, multi-sensory mobile computer in existence,” said Jonas Geust, Vice President, heading Nokia Nseries. “Together with the Ovi services announced today, the Nokia N97 mobile computer adjusts to the world around us, helping stay connected to the people and things that matter most. With the Nokia N97, Nseries leads the charge in helping to transform the Internet into your Internet”.

    The Nokia N97 introduces the concept of ‘social location’. With integrated A-GPS sensors and an electronic compass, the Nokia N97 mobile computer intuitively understands where it is. The Nokia N97 makes it easy to update social networks automatically with real-time information, giving approved friends the ability to update their ‘status’ and share their ‘social location’ as well as related pictures or videos.

    The home screen of the Nokia N97 mobile computer features the people, content and media that matter the most. Friends, social networks and news are available by simply touching the home screen. The 16:9 widescreen display can be fully personalized with frequently updated widgets of favorite web services and social networking sites. The Nokia N97 is also perfectly suited for browsing the web, streaming Flash videos or playing games. Both the physical QWERTY and virtual touch input ensure efficiency in blogging, chatting, posting, sending texts or emailing.

    The Nokia N97 supports up to 48 GB of storage, including 32 GB of on-board memory, expandable with a 16 GB microSD card for music, media and more. This is complemented by excellent music capabilities, full support for the Nokia Music Store and continuous playback time of up to 1.5 days. The Nokia N97 also has a 5- Megapixel camera with high-quality Carl Zeiss optics, 16:9 and DVD quality video capture, and support for services like Share on Ovi for immediate sharing over HSDPA and WLAN.

    The Nokia N97 is expected to begin shipping in the first half of 2009 at an estimated retail price of EUR 550 before taxes or subsidies.