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Nokia N97 Smartphone Available For Pre-order for £518, Delivered in March 2009

Three major UK retailers have started to advertise the expensive-but-nice Nokia N97 smartphone and two are already taking pre-orders with an estimated date of delivery sometimes in March 2009.

Play originally listed the device for a stonking SIM-free price of £479.99 while Clove technology has set the pre-order price at £571.50 and Expansys will give you discounts if you purchase 5 or more (but no prices yet).

However, has removed the "pre-order" status and now only carries a "coming soon" tag, prompting users to register to notify them.

Also, has confirmed though that it won't be on the 31st of March 2009 as published on some websites.

The N97 has a 5-megapixel with autofocus with a Carl Zeiss optics and dual LED Flash. Other features include a 3.5-inch TFT touchscreen display capable of displaying 640x360 pixels.

Nokia's top of the raange phone is also a quad-band, has 32GB internal memory to which 16GB memory can be added and offers Internal GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPRS, Edge and HSDPA connectivity.

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Our Comments

The N97 - which Nokia said is the world's most advanced mobile computer - offers an accelerometer feature like the iPhone and comes with a touchscreen as well. Furthermore, it does carry a QWERTY keyboard plus a personalised home screen. Should you get one? Probably not if it costs £500. It is highly likely that the phone will only be available on tariffs above £45.

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