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Nokia N97 mini review

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Nokia N97 mini
Nokia N97 mini
Nokia N97 mini
Nokia N97 mini

While the Nokia N97 Mini is a “modified” version of the regular N97, little has been sacrificed. There is an elimination of the “D-pad” on the full QWERTY keyboard and the absence of a sliding camera cover, but that is largely the extent of the dress-down. This phone remains a powerful, full-featured GSM touchscreen with much to offer.

One of the first things you notice is the 3.2 inch, 360 x 640 high resolution display. It’s crisp, large and very easy on the eyes. Add a 5MP camera, complete with a variety of useful camera features and video record, a music player, FM Radio, expandable memory via microSD, 3.5mm jack and the aforementioned full QWERTY keyboard offering a tactile alternative to the virtual keyboard, and you end up with a fun, powerful device.

Built on a powerful 434 MHz processor, this Symbian-based smartphone can power some of the most demanding apps with ease.

Rated at over 7 hours of talk time and up to 310 hours of standby time (depending on personal usage patterns), the N97 Mini will be ready to go when you need it.

In an ever more crowded “touchscreen phone” category, the Nokia N97 Mini is a powerful and attractive option.

Operating system
Operating system
434 MHz
434 MHz
Screen Size
Screen Size
5+ MP
5+ MP
1200 mAh

What the Critics Are Saying...


The Nokia N97 mini is the second coming of the Nokia N97. While many of the its features and specifications are similar, the biggest change is in the name: Mini. It's smaller. But despite the more pocket friendly design and some ironed-out bugs, the phone is just as lackluster as the original....

- Todd Haselton, MobileBurn

In terms of operational speed and system stability, the Nokia N97 mini performs better than the N97. The phone doesn’t freeze or restart for no reason, but lags and responds to commands just as sluggishly.The smaller N97, however, is a much better at phone calls and the in-call quality it offe...

- PhoneArena Team, PhoneArena

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We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Nokia N97 mini user manual here.

Nokia backs up the N97 mini with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.

If your N97 mini has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Nokia support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Nokia's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.

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Screen Size

The Nokia N97 mini's screen size is 3.2 inches with x pixels resolution.

434 MHz

There is a ARM11 434 MHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

5+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 5+ MP camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera useful for video chat and self portraits.

8 GB

Internal memory is 8 GB. An external, MicroSD (up to 16 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1200 mAh battery. Nokia's performance ratings are 13.5 days standby time, 430 minutes.

N97 mini Specs

Release Date September 2, 2009
Regions Available USA, Canada
Operating System No

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Processor ARM11 434 MHz
Internal Storage 8 GB
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.67 W/kg
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Mobile / Cellular Data
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g
Mobile Hotspot No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD (up to 16 GB)
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Main Camera
Resolution / Aperture
5+ Megapixels
14x digital
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Geotagging, Self-timer
Video Recording Formats
H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, RealVideo
Video Recording Parameters
VGA (640 x 480 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution / Aperture
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel Density Unknown
Size 3.2 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Digital Compass
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Power & Battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1200 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Cellular) Unknown
Talk Time Up to 430 minutes
Standby Time Up to 13.5 days
Mixed Usage
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Slider
Colors Cherry Black, Garnett
Dimensions [H x W x D] 11.3 x 5.3 x 1.4 cm (4.5 x 2.1 x 0.6 in)
Weight 138 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
External Speakers No
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Input / Keyboard Type QWERTY, Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Additional Information Messaging: SMS, EMS, MMS, IM
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA: Yes
Graphics: Yes
Themes: Yes
Backlit Illumination: Yes
Predictive Text Entry: T9
Voicemail Key: Yes
Voice Commands: Yes
Multiple Numbers Per Contact:
Voice Activated Dialing: Yes
Photo Caller ID: Yes
Web Browser: Yes
Email Client: Yes
Email Protocols: POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Lotus Domino
PC Synchronization: SyncML
Java Application: Yes
Audio Formats: MIDI, MP3, MP4, eAAC+, eAAC, AAC, WAV, M4A
Video Playback Formats: H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, RealVideo
Streaming Video: Yes
Custom Ringtones: No
Vibration Alert: Yes
Downloadable Ringtones: Yes
Ringer ID: Yes
Speakerphone: Yes
Data Tethering: Yes
Radio: Yes (FM/RDS)
Wi-fi Encryption: WPA/WPA2
Viewable document types: DOC, PDF, PPT, RTF, TXT, XLS
Games: Downloadable
Apps: Downloadable
Included Software / Apps: -
To-Do / Task List, Calendar, World Clock, Alarm, Stop Watch, Calculator, Currency Converter, Maps, NotePad, Voice Memos / Recorder

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