Announced last week at Nokia World in Stuttgart was the Nokia N97 mini touchscreen mobile phone, a companion to the recently released N97. The mini refers to both size and memory. The N97 dimensions are 117.2 x 55.3 x 15.9 mm (L x W x H), while the N97 mini is 113 x 52.5 x 14.2 mm – not a big difference there. In memory though, the difference is substantial – the N97 has 32GB of on-board memory, the N97 mini ships with 8GB.
Also new from Nokia is Lifecasting with Ovi software, which allows you to publish status updates and your location direct from the handset to your Facebook account. Lifecasting with Ovi will be available as a free download from Nokia Beta Labs for both N97 and N97 owners in October.
The N97 mini’s A-GPS receiver will utilise Ovi Maps, not only for car and pedestrian navigation, but to tap into information from Lonely Planet, Michelin and Wcities, turning the N97 mini into a pretty useful traveller’s tool.
N97 mini specifications
* Frequency: WCDMA 900/1900/2100 (HSDPA), EGSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
* Operating system: S60 5th Edition
* Dimensions: 113 x 52.5 x 14.2* mm (L x W x H) *16.4 mm height at camera area
* Weight: 138 g
* Display: 3.2 inch TFT with up to 16 million colors nHD16:9 widescreen (640×360 pixels)
* Battery: Nokia Battery BL-4D, 1200 mAh
* Memory: 8 GB on-board memory, plus 16GB expansion via microSD memory cardslot
* Video playback: H.264/AVC: baseline profile; QVGA 30fps; VC-1/WMV9 MP: QVGA 30fps (768kbps); MPEG-4/SP: nHDand VGA 30fps 4Mbps; RealVideo10: CIF 15fps; Flash lite3.0, QVGA15-30fps; H.263 Profile 0 Level 10: QCIF 10-15fps
* Music playback: MP3, AAC, eAAC, eAAC+, WMA
* Lens: Carl ZeissTessar
* Image capture: Up to 5 megapixels (2584 x 1938) JPEG/EXIF (16.7 million/24-bit color)
* Video capture: MPEG-4 VGA (640 x 480) at up to 30 fps Aperture: F2.8
* Focal length: 5.4 mm
* Flash: Dual LED camera flash and video light
* Talk time: Up to 240 minutes (3G), 430 minutes (GSM)
* Standby time: Up to 310 hours (3G), 320 hours (GSM)
* Video playback: Up to 210 min (nHD, 30 fps, offline mode)
* Music playback: Up to 28 hours (offline mode)
* Connectivity & data services: WLAN IEEE 802.11b/g without UPnP support; Micro-USB connector, Hi-Speed USB 2.0; 3.5 mm stereo headphone plug and TV-out support (PAL/NTSC); Bluetooth wireless technology 2.0 with A2DP stereo audio, enhanced data rates (EDR); GPS receiver with support for assisted GPS (A-GPS)
The Nokia N97 mini is expected to go on sale in October. Pricing and carrier details are not available until closer to the release date.