Nokia has unveiled the N97, a 3.5in touchscreen smartphone with slide-out qwerty keypad. One of its key selling points is the A-GPS sensor and electronic compass.

As well as helping you find your way from A to B, these can be used to share current location information with friends, making it easier to find them. Nokia says the Friend Locator feature is dependent on the other user permitting friends to know where they are.

The Nokia N97 has a Nokia Messaging button. This offers one-touch access to webmail, email and instant messaging accounts as well as to a 'Point and Find' service that displays information about landmarks or places of interest. This features uses the phone's 5Mp camera, virtual compass and web access to gather information about landmarks the user is curious about. 

Bundled with Nokia Maps, the handset offers HSDPA and Wi-Fi connectivity, a 32GB internal memory and support for a 16GB microSD card. The N97's 5Mp camera has a Carl Zeiss lens and a dual LED flash.

Expected to launch in the UK market in mid-2009, the Nokia N97 will cost around €550 (£470), although no information regarding operators was made available.

See also: N96 Review