Nokia N97 with Ovi Store – up for pre–order now at official store

Having slapped down rumours that the N97 would be heading to O2 exclusively next month, Nokia has just confirmed that their hottest handset is now up

The price is an eye–watering £499. That gets you the phone SIM–free, and is substantially less than the £700 price tag being bandied about at the start of the year.

While we know what to expect from the blower itself (32GB, expandable to 48GB, touchscreen, QWERTY, HSDPA, GPS and Wi–Fi), the Finns have also let slip that it'll be the first device packing their Apple–baiting Ovi Store.

First spotted back at MWC in Barcelona, the online app repository will offer content including video, podcasts and location–based services according to official sources. Whether that totals the 20,000 "items" we heard about last week remains to be seen.

The black and white versions of the cell will be landing in June. So while you weigh up whether to plump for this or the new iPhone, make sure you check out our hands–on video review of the N97 and see it in action.