Nokia's N97 gets official pre-order

Nokia's N97 phone has been hotly tipped as one of the phones of the year since it was unveiled at MWC in December, and with an official pre-order on N

The Nokia hounds at Nok Nok noticed the website listing the handset for $699 on pre-order and an estimated shipping date of July 2009, but rather annoyingly only US residents and Pre-Order Club Members from Germany, Sweden and Italy can sign up for the handset this way.

Still, UK Nokia fans need not panic. If you feel the need to put your money down for the N97 now, the pre-order deets from Nokia seem to match up with the info on, listing the handset for pre-order for £499.99 and a slightly earlier release date of 23 June.

Now we wouldn't bank on these details being concrete – had previously listed the device for release on 31 March. However, Vodafone has recently put up a holding page for the phone, stating it will be "arriving in July", so Play may not be far off.

We'll keep you in the loop with any news we hear, but while you wait, check out our hands-on video of the N97 and see if it's for you.