Mobile Week with GSM

July 26, 2009

Nokia unveils mobile computer

By Emmanuel Elebeke

Prominent mobile devices manufacturer, Nokia has  launched its flagship mobile computer, Nokia N97 into the Nigerian market.

The new mobile computer came  with a tilting 3.5” touch display screen, QWERTY keyboard and a fully customizable home screen and will offer integrated access to the newly opened Ovi Store.

Speaking on the new product, General Manager Nokia Nigeria, Philip De La Vega said that the product is an important step towards Nokia’s vision of delivering  highly personalized Internet experience, fueled by a multitude of media and applications through the Ovi Store.

He added that Nokia N97 transforms the Internet into an experience that is completely tailored to the tastes and interests of its user.

The product, according to him  is the first device to ship with Ovi Store, a one-stop shop for a full catalog of applications, games, videos, podcasts, productivity tools, web and location-based services, and much more.
Ovi Store has paid and free content from a range of global and local content providers and developers, including Facebook, Hi5, Paramount Pictures and Qik, as well as Twitter applications.“The beauty of this Nokia device is that taking it out of the box is just the beginning. As with a desktop PC, people can constantly improve and refresh their Nokia N97 with new features, functions and fixes so they can do even more with the device.” said Vega.
Also on the product, communications  manager, Nokia, West and Central Africa, Ngozi Anene said “We in Nokia do take our consumers into consideration in all that we do. The heart of Nokia is with them. And it is in line with this commitment that we are launching this  phone, having known that the end users are in desperate  need of it. N97 is all about going to the internet with ease, personalizing your phone and as a mobile computer, it is packaged to  give our customers anything they want.”

The phone Anene said is a touch screen phone that slides at an angle of 35 degrees. The camera quality according to her is extreemingly high with 5 mega pixel capacity. It also comes with 16 Gigabyte space and another 16 more in the memory space. The battery live is said to be extremely high. It equally comes with navigation features suitable in Nigerian environment. It is DVD enabled with blue tooth. It actually targeted customers who crave for internet access.

An exciting roadmap of new features and functions is planned to roll out in the second half of 2009, including software updates for Voice over IP (VoIP) functionality, an integrated Skype  application and extended kinetic scrolling.