After weeks of speculation, Nokia has officially announced the Nokia N97 Mini and X3/X6 X series music oriented phones during the opening keynote at Nokia World Stuttgart.
The N97 Mini will feature Lifecasting with Ovi with support for geotagged Facebook status updates, which is meant to reposition the N97 from its former position as Nokia’s flagship device to its new place as its social computing device with a revamped Ovi Maps implementation that includes content from Lonely Planet, Michelin and Wcities.
Technical specifications for the device are identical to the N97 save for the revised QWERTY keyboard and smaller 3.2 inch display with a European release set for October.
The X3 is a slider featuring a 2.2 inch QVGA display and Series 40 along with a 3.2 megapixel camera, microSDHC slot and the X3 is the first Series 40 handset to include the Ovi Store.
The X6 is the flagship in the series with 32GB of internal storage, a 5.0 megapixel camera witha dual LED flash, TV output, and a 3.2 inch touchscreen. The phone will only be available bundled with the Comes with Music service, but is otherwise similar to the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic, right down to the same operating system, A-GPS support with Ovi Maps, and a resistive touchscreen.
Both phones will be available in the 4th quarter of this year.