The highly anticipated Nokia N96 was announced back in February 2008 when it looked all shiny and high tech. However, now seven months later when it finally starts its way to the stores, it's no longer deemed worthy of the hype. In addition the hefty price tag certainly makes it sound like a raw deal.
The Nokia N96 packs digital TV, 5 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, turn-by-turn voice GPS navigation, Wi-Fi, 16GB of internal memory that can be increased to 24GB with an optional microSD card, N-Gage gaming and a large 2.8-inch TFT display.
Following on the N81 design, which we can't say we like, the Nokia N96 is packed with many modern technology goodies but doesn't seem to be as cutting edge as a portfolio flagship should be.
The only feature that sets it apart from the competition is probably the DVB-H digital TV tuner - a thing that doesn't seem to attract too much attention from the fans worldwide.
But time will tell, as we like to say. The first shipments of the Nokia N96 have already started and it will be available with an estimated retail price of EUR 550 before taxes and subsidies.