Good news for N-series fans. Nokia recently showcased the new N97 mobile computer at Nokia World 2008 in Barcelona that features 3.5-inch touch display with full QWERTY keypad and supports up to 48GB of storage.

It is expected to begin shipping in the first half of 2009.

Nokia recently introduced their latest N97 mobile computer at Nokia World 2008 in Barcelona, designed for the Internet-savvy users.

The N97 features a large 3.5-inch touch display and a full QWERTY keyboard for the convenience of text input. It is also huge in storage capacity with support of up to 48GB storage – 32GB onboard memory and expandable with 16GB microSD card.

Other features include 5-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, 3.5mm stereo headphone plug, GPS, micro-USB connector and HSDPA and WLAN-capable.

Here’s an overview of its technical specifications:

System WCDMA 900/1900/2100 (HSDPA),
  EGSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
User Interface S60 5th Edition
Display 3.5-inch TFT with up to 16 million 
  colours, 16:9 wide (640×360 pixels)
Connectivity WLAN IEEE 802.11b/g with UPnP support
  Micro-USB connector, 3.5mm stereo 
  headphone plug and TV-out support, 
  Bluetooth 2.0, GPS receiver with support 
  for assisted GPS (A-GPS)
Battery Nokia Battery BP-4L 1500 mAh
Dimensions/Weight 117.2 x 55.3 x 15.9mm/ Approx. 150g
Media  
Memory Up to 48GB (32GB onboard, 16GB
  microSD card slot)
Video playback MPEG-4 / SP and MPEG-4 AVC/H.264,
  RealVideo, Windows Media (WMV9), 
  Flash Lite 3.0 / Flash Video
Music playback MP3, AAC, eAAC, eAAC+, WMA
Main Camera  
Lens Carl Zeiss Tessar
Image capture Up to 5-megapixel (2584 x 1938)
Video capture MPEG-4 VGA (640 x 480) at up to 30fps
Aperture F2.8
Focal length 5.4 mm
Flash Dual LED camera flash and video light
Operating Times  
Talk time Up to 320 min (3G), 400 min (GSM)
Standby time Up to 400 hrs (3G), 430 hrs (GSM)
Video playback Up to 4.5 hours (offline mode)
Music playback Up to 37 hours (offline mode)

The Nokia N97 is expected to begin shipping in the first half of 2009 with at an estimated retail price of EUR 550 before taxes or subsidies.