Nokia has entered the touch-screen smartphone fray with the introduction of the N97 at Nokia World in Barcelona.
PC World reports the smartphone comes equipped with a 3.5-inch touch-screen, up to 48 gigabytes of storage, a QWERTY keyboard and a 5-megapixel camera. The N97 is expected to be available during the first half of next year and retail at $690.
According to vnunet.com, Nokia is hailing its new device as the most powerful mobile handset ever. The N97 features "social location," which allows its user to take advantage of services and social networks utilizing the device's Assisted GPS (A-GPS). The Finnish handset maker is unveiling its phone well in advance of its availability, but just in time for folks making their Christmas lists to reconsider their wishes for an iPhone or one of several other touch-screen smartphones on the market.