The hotly anticipated Nokia N97 smartphone will begin selling this month in 75 countries, and the Finnish mobile giant says the device will open a new chapter in mobile internet experiences.
The new device will have a 3.5-inch touch display, a QWERTY keyboard and a customisable home screen.
“The Nokia N97 is an important step towards our vision of delivering a highly personalised internet experience," said Jonas Geust, vice-president and head of Nokia Nseries.
"Fuelled by a multitude of music, maps, games, media and applications via Ovi, the Nokia N97 transforms the internet into an experience that’s completely tailored to the tastes and interests of its owner."
The Nokia N97 is Nokia’s first device to feature a personalisable home screen, which can be customised with a range of widgets that bring live information directly to the device.
These widgets include key social-networking destinations such as Facebook and Hi5, news services such as the Associated Press, Bloomberg and Reuters, as well as shopping and weather information.
The Nokia N97 is the first device to ship with the Ovi Store, which offers easy access to applications, games, videos, podcasts, productivity tools, web and location-based services, and much more.
The Ovi Store has paid and free content from a range of global and local content providers and developers, including Paramount Pictures, Facebook and Qik, as well as a selection of Twitter applications.
By John Kennedy