Nokia N97 due July

Nokia’s latest smartphone, the N97, is due in the UK this July, according to Vodafone. The 3G quad-band phone features a large touchscreen display and a full QWERTY keyboard. Storage is a massive 32 Gb and another 16 Gb can be added by inserting a microSD card. As you can see below the form factor is that of a web terminal when the slide-out keyboard is used.

Nokia N97 smartphone

The new Nokia N97 smart phone

The screen will be the same size, 3.5″, as the 3G iPhone but will have a resolution of 640 x 320, which is 50% higher than Apple’s phone. Not only that but the 5 megapixel camera will record video as well as stills. Other features include GPS and an electronic compass.

In a nod to Apple, the phone will support widgets. Current owners of upper-end Nokia phones will be aware of course that models using the S60 operating system such as the N95 have support third party applications for years. These currently range from a live video blogging tool (try that on an iPhone) to underground maps, ebook reader software and N-Gage games, to the Sky Anytime application that allows you to see the Sky programme guide and set recordings up on your Sky+ while you are away from home.