Nokia N97 processor revealed, the world is largely unimpressed

Nokia N97 processor revealed, the world is largely unimpressed
The Nokia N97 is without doubt one of the most eagerly anticipated smart phones of the year. However, we had no information on the processor it would feature until recently. Now we have found out and it left us unimpressed. Turns out Nokia has decided to use a single ARM 11 processor clocked at 434 MHz. This is quite a disappointment, since we hoped to see at least a 600 MHz CPU inside, like the one used in Nokia E55 and a number of other handsets announced earlier this year. This puts the Nokia N97 just a step ahead of its famous sibling, the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic in terms of raw power – the 5800 sports a similar unit running at 369 MHz, while both devices have 128 MB of RAM.

We believe Nokia will do their level best to optimize its software platform for the N97. On the other hand the Samsung OMNIA HD i8910 is based on the same platform and utilizes much faster processing unit and dedicated graphics accelerator, a fact that makes Nokia’s device look somewhat outdated and underpowered.

source: Nokia via Symbian-Freak



1. Dood

Posts: 269; Member since: Mar 23, 2009

And most people say they are unimpressed with PhoneArena.

2. wifidude

Posts: 25; Member since: Apr 17, 2009

this are really really really old news... this was known already on December last year.....

3. rangerNN

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 28, 2009

I dont see what's the big deal, all those (in my opinion over powered devices) just hog battery power. Nokia has shown that devices that seem underpowered can be just as responsive as others that have the power. The question is will it perform and that all that matters.

4. Charlie unregistered

The now-ancient N95 (as well as several older Nokia models) had dual 332's, coming out to a healthy 664 MHz. I don't see why they couldn't have topped that. Even the Nokia 5630 has the 600 MHz processor! Remember how slow the N96 turned out to be? 512mb of ram should be the next big goal, too. Or, 256mb if 512 is asking too much.

5. phillipxenxciel

Posts: 14; Member since: Jul 23, 2008

well~~if they do that n97 will lose to its direct competitor omnia hd, since its the same system, and omnia has 800mhz CPU when release, almost doubled the n97, and omnia got extra graphic hardware, well but still gotta take a look at the real things for final answer

6. mcmkone

Posts: 54; Member since: Mar 24, 2009

If Nokia keep under cutting themselves at this rate they'll be on that list of companies going bust.... i'll give them 5 years left

7. Neolander unregistered

But why would you put more processing power on a phone anyway ??? High-speed processors eat a HUGE amount of battery, so most of the time they are downclocked, which makes them useless. Either they are pure marketting or your device has a 3h battery life under load... And what are they used for ? -Make crappy games run on phones with terrible ergonomics -Show gorgeous 3d interfaces that will make your phone so laggy you'll cry at the vendor to get your nokia 3310 back -Show HD video in real time on a 3" screen This is so useless...

8. wifidude

Posts: 25; Member since: Apr 17, 2009

Finally, someone with common sense... a phone is a phone... it needs to be able to make phone calls with excellent quality before anything else!!

9. Charlie unregistered

Nokia N-Series phones have always had excellent call quality, the N97 will be no different.

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