I told you a couple days ago the Nokia N97 NAM was coming soon, but I wasn’t sure of the exact date. Well, Nokia just notified one of their major North American distributors of the estimated shipping date: June 2nd, 2009! How accurate are we? We were spot-on with the Nokia 5800 NAM’s release date! I’m not sure what this means for the release date in other parts of the world.
The Nokia N97 NAM in white and black just showed up on a major distributor’s inventory for US retailers. That means it is coming soon! How soon? I don’t know exactly. The suggested retail price is shown as $699, but it is up to the stores how much to charge. The good news is that the wholesale price is low enough to allow retailers to sell the Nokia N97 for less than $600!
The default web browser on my Nokia 5800 (NAM v20) is too slow for my liking, so I’ve been using Opera Mini. It looks like they silently updated it to version 4.2.14320 on May 12th. No announcements are found on their site or forums. A minor update like this could most likely mean bug fixes. I didn’t find any new features.
Hotmail access was restored Thursday morning in Nokia Messaging. HTML and S60v5 support were announced last month. I don’t like the HTML implementation much. It’s confusing browsing around an email when there are large images. I’ve yet to try it out on a touchscreen (I have the N97 on pre-order), so I don’t know how different it might be.
The Nokia Flagship Stores in the US are holding their semi-annual sale on May 16th and 17th. Accessories and service packs are 25% off while devices in stock will be 20% off with the exception of the Nokia E75. It’s a good exception because it will be $100 off instead. Oh, and by the way, there’s a $50 mail-in-rebate to make the deal even sweeter.
Let’s welcome the Nokia E52 to the Eseries lineup boasting extended talk, standby, and operation times as well as noise cancellation. It utilizes a 1500 mAh battery for up to 8 hours of talk time. It is expected to come out by June of this year. It is basically the Nokia E55 with numeric keypad instead of a compact-qwerty.
Nokia just announced on Monday that the Nokia E71x is finally available in AT&T stores. I don’t recommend heading to the store and getting it for $99 after mail-in-rebate, because it is on Amazon for only a penny! That’s right… only $0.01 out of pocket if you extend your contract for 2 years.
Just got an email from the OVI team that they want to hear our views about Ovi – good, bad and indifferent! They will run a market research program around the world to find out what people think of Ovi now and what they’d like to see in the future. They’ll even pay $100 USD. Click to sign up.