Nokia Unveils N9 – The First MeeGo Smartphone

Nokia had released the N9 smartphone which has been called as the first MeeGo-based all-screen (no button in the face) smartphone, and supposed to be the last on its kind if later the company decided to discard the MeeGo project. Their is nothing wrong with the OS anyways. It’s just losing its battle with the current hot Android OS and iOS and perhaps the market is cruel enough for small OS to survive. But looking at this Nokia N9, the MeeGo system looks very promising and not really a lose-before-battle kind device.

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Nokia N9 is sporting a nice curved poly carbonate body with 3.9-inch AMOLED WVGA display, with gorilla glass protected. It’s said that the display support up to 854x480p resolution and there is an unique swipe gesture to replace the home button. The all-screen design looks pretty intriguing, however, those who have been accustomed to the traditional home button might have a little bit of hard time here.

As for the performance, Nokia N9 is coming with Cortex A8 1GHz GPU, PowerVR SGX530 GPU and 1GB of RAM. You can choose either 16GB or 64GB to come along with the phone when purchasing, which obviously the 16GB has a nice price cut from the larger model.

Looking to the rear side, you will find a 8-megapixel Carl Zeiss camera with autofocus sensor and dual LED flash. Through the eye of this lens, user is capable of doing video recording on 720p mode.

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Nokia N9 has come with built-in GPS functionality, enriched with Nokia Maps-based free turn-by-turn drive and walk navigation on the phone using a new dedicated Drive app. As for the connection, Nokia N9 is supporting quad band GSM/EDGE, WCDMA, HSDPA, HSUPA, bluetooth 2.1, WiFi b/g/n, NFC support and web browser with Webkit 2 technology to support HTML 5 websites viewing.

The specs might looks pretty normal for a modern phone, but what make it different is the MeeGo 1.2 Harmattan mobile operating system. This system support three home views, which has been stated as a quick access to the “most important things people do with a modern phone,” (according to Marko Ahtisaari – Nokia head of design). Those including:

  • Easy access and organize applications
  • easy viewing of missed calls, incoming emails, SMS, or Social media updates
  • easy access to a list of all running applications or most recent used applications

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Nokia N9 is all about on-screen touch interaction, including the easy swipe gesture to get back to the home screen wherever you are. This smartphone is set to release in this year, but the actual date is yet to be announced, as well as the pricing. But what we have known so far is that Nokia N9 will be released in three nice color series: magenta, cyan and black.

I’d personal go for a cyan because it looks groovy/lively, but the black style is not a bad choice either since it’s not glossy (no fingerprints everywhere except the screen).

[Source | Nokia PR]

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