The N97 Mini is finally with us and according to Nokia's Executive Vice President of Markets, Anssi Vanjoki, is a modified version of the N97 which targets social networking aficionados.
As expected, the Nokia N97 mini is a smaller version of the N97. It keeps the tilting display and the QWERTY keyboard but the size of the display is reduced to 3.2-inch (640x360 pixels), the same as the 5800 Xpressmusic.
There's a 5-megapixel Carl Zeiss camera with dual LED flash (same as the N97), 8GB internal memory rather than 32GB and support for microSD cards plus WiFi, HSPDA and Bluetooth.
The phone is the first one to feature Nokia's new Lifecasting with OVI which according to the press release "enables users to update their Facebook status directly from the device’s homescreen".
At only 14.2 mm thick, the phone is both thinner, smaller and lighter than the N97 and will be available across selected regions in October for around £400.
In comparison, the N97, which was launched two months ago, cost £499 although it can now be had for £440 including delivery from Play.com, a 10 percent discount over 90 days only.
Unlocked iPhones can cost as little as £500 now and given a choice between the N97 mini and Apple's smartphone, we would still go for the latter. Nokia needs to be much more aggressive and innovative when tackling the top end of the market.