updated 03:35 pm EDT, Wed July 29, 2009
Nokia N97 Mini Photo
Rumors of an N97 Mini gained traction on Wednesday with images that may represent the device. The smartphone seen by Engadget almost exactly mirrors the larger Nokia phone but removes the directional pad and moves buttons to shrink the overall size, including the screen. The rear camera has also lost the protective cover present on the full N97 and many other Nokia smartphones.
At this stage, it's not apparent whether the device shown is actually a Nokia prototype or else a third-party clone. Inadvertent statements by Vodafone as well as a side-by-side comparison against the regular N97 support the notion that it may be a lower-cost version of the N97 that may trim the price by using the smaller display, a lower resolution camera and reduced internal storage.