Nokia has unveiled a smaller version of its successful N97 mobile phone that allows users to publish their location and status updates direct from the phone to their Facebook page.

Nokia said the facility, which is called 'Lifecasting with Ovi' "goes beyond just publishing your status". The handset manufacturer said the function was likely to "trigger new kinds of communication patterns, such as sending messages or status updates or even navigating to a friend or a place".

Measuring 113x52.5x14.2mm, Nokia says the handset has been designed for the "social and style-conscious consumer". It features a slide out QWERTY keyboard, a tilting 3.2in touchscreen display and 8GB of on-board memory and support for micro-SD cards up to 16GB.

Users will also benefit from A-GPS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity and a 5Mp Camera with Carl Zeiss lens, dual LED camera flash and video light. The camera also offers video capture at a resolution of 640x480 at up to 30 fps video capture.

The A-GPS works in conjunction with Ovi Maps to offer global pedestrian navigation. Users can also access premium content from Lonely Planet, Michelin and Wcities, which Nokia said turns the handset into "the world's smallest travel companion".

The handset comes pre-loaded with Nokia's app store, where users can download applications and services such as games, videos and podcasts, productivity tools and web services. N97 Mini users are also given access to the Nokia Music Store where they download music tracks direct to the phone

"People want to bring their physical and online worlds together via the internet. The Nokia N97 mini is designed for this new social internet and to help navigate people and places. With lifecasting, the Nokia N97 mini and Ovi usher in the next chapter of personal and location-aware internet," said Jonas Geust, vice president of Nokia Nseries.

The Nokia N97 will be available in October and is expected to be priced at €450 (£395)

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