At the end of this month, the Nokia N97 will start shipping in the U.S. The device touts features such as a 360×240 resolution, touch screen, full QWERTY keyboard, accelerometer, compass, magnetometer, access to the Ovi store, TV out, visual radio, A-GPS, Flash video capabilities, 5 megapixel camera, video editor, FM transmitter, Bluetooth, and a talk time of about 9.5 hours.
However this device will be competing head on with the launch of the Palm Pre on June 6th and the possibility of a new iPhone hitting the mobile market. To make things even harder, the N97 does not come at a cheap price.
Before all the subsidies, the retail price of the device is roughly $700. In the U.K., the device will be selling for £499 (about $820+). Despite the high price tag, Nokia is hoping to sell at least 10 million of these devices.
“This should not be a niche product,” stated Nokia VP Jonas Geust. “Clearly our ambition is to have a similar success to the N95 family.” The N95 sold roughly 10 million units.