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Nokia To Release N97 In UK On June 19th

Finnish manufacturer Nokia will be releasing its N97 smartphone, its most advance model yet, on the 19th of June in the UK at a suggested retail price of £499.

The device had been available at for preorder ever since it was announced back in January 2009. It will be available only from Vodafone for £40 per month on a 18-month contract. Nokia will be launching the phone in more than 75 countries in all.

The N97 is at the top end of Nokia's phone spectrum. This 3.5-inch touchscreen comes with a sliding QWERTY keyboard and runs on the Symbian S60 5th generation platform.

It also packs a 5-megapixel camera equipped with Carl Zeiss optics, 32GB worth of storage (expandable to 48GB using a microSD card) and will offer the ability to browse through Ovi services.

Noknok also reports that the device will get a number of upgrades over the forthcoming months which will include new features and functions, probably rolled out through a firmware upgrade.

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In the own words of 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."

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