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Stephen Fry Spotted At The Nokia N97 Media Launch

Nokia is launching the Nokia N97 on Friday, possibly a few hours before Apple debuts the iPhone 3G S and today, it unveiled its flagship smartphone during a media event.

Geek Supremo and Ask Jeeves legend Stephen Fry was handed one of the devices and he later twittered "At the Nokia N97 launch. Mmm. Looking good." He also hinted on his Twitter account that he already has the iPhone 3G S.

The N97 is already on sale at Expansys where you will be able to snap it for £499.99 and get £30 voucher to be spent on accessories at Alternatively, you can buy it for £67.99 at T-mobile (from Mobilephonedirect) where you will get 300 minutes, 300 texts, unlimited mobile we for only £29.36 per month on a 18 month contract.

We have also learnt that Nokia will also release the N86, a 8-megapixel cameraphone, on Friday as well as the Finnish manufacturer launches a two-pronged attack against Apple. The N86 will be on sale for £399 and its launch could actually be detrimental to its bigger brother as it boasts some great features at a lesser price.

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Friday is going to be Battle Royale day. It will be interesting to find out who wins the length-of-queue count. Anybody willing to back Nokia on that? Unsurprisingly, it is very likely that Apple will be winning this one hands down. Unless Nokia start doing something crazy (e.g giving away free N86), Apple's Regent Street store should be flooded with customers on Friday.

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