This limited edition Nokia N97 mini comes with lots of leather and the stamp of approval from fashion plate RAOUL. Also, leather—did I mention that yet?
An extensive preview filled us in on the N97 not-so Mini, but it now has a price: €450 ($640) pre-taxes and subsidies. It should be available off contract in "many markets", and includes Lonely Planet guidebooks and Facebook "Lifecasting".
Another Nokia phone, and another extensive preview from Mobile-review's Eldar Murtazin. He says compared to the N97, the Mini is only "around a centimeter" smaller, its keyboard is worse, and the built-in memory has dropped from 32GB to 8GB. Ouch.
An unidentified retailer has leaked a series of photos that reveal a number of unreleased Nokia phones, including the N97 Mini, N5800 with chrome edging (possibly the 5900), E72, E55, and two unknown sliders that may be an N86.
Matt declared their latest, greatest salvo in the smartphone wars a wide miss, and analysts chimed in to say that yes, Nokia's high-end prospects are grim. Well, Nokia's second quarter earnings are in, and boy, are they gruesome: profit is down 66% from the same time last year, market share is basically flat, and…
The N97 is Nokia's attempt to stand tall in an unfamiliar, hostile world populated by the iPhone, Pre and Android the only way it knows how: by throwing the kitchen sink at them. If this is it, they're doomed.
You know those videos where someone puts a rugged gadget through a battery of tests that would destroy regular hardware, but the device comes through the other side unharmed? This is not one of those videos.
Vodafone seems to have let slip that Nokia are planning a "Mini" or "Lite" version of the recently released N97 smartphone.
If this cellphone release date stuff keeps up, we'll be seeing a cellphone releasing every day in June. The latest we can add to the list is the Nokia N97.
"Nokia has about 35-40% of the total phone market. 1.1 billion users...I would have said that Motorola was our number one competitor a few years ago. Now, RIM, Microsoft, Apple."
When Nokia first showed me their Maemo Linux-powered N800 Internet Tablet, I told them it was cool but that, ideally, I wanted this exact product, smaller, and as a phone. Seems like two years later, this might finally be the way things are headed.