Nokia Introduces New MeeGo Phone: the N9

Nokia N9

Nokia has delivered on its promise to release at least one MeeGo phone, unveiling the N9 at Nokia Connection 2011 in Singapore. The device comes in three colors — black, cyan and magenta — has a polycarbonate unibody chassis and a 3.9-inch curved glass Active Matrix OLED screen.

Since the device has no front-facing buttons, the user interface focuses on swiping. From any app, it takes only a swipe from the edge to return to the home screen. You can also swipe to switch between the three home views: notifications and feeds, apps grid and open apps/multitasking.

Double-tapping the screen will wake the phone from idle, and swiping the wallpaper across will unlock it.

The N9 is equipped with an 8-megapixel Carl Zeiss camera, boasting a wide-angle lens, large lens aperture and dual LED flash. Like most high-end smartphones, it captures HD videos too.

Processing power is decent with its 1GHz Cortex A8 processor and 1GB RAM. On-board storage comes in two flavors, 16GB and 64GB, and is expandable up to another 32GB with a microSD card.

Other goodies: near field communication (NFC), free turn-by-turn navigation by Nokia Maps, and Dolby Sound. It’s also the first non-Apple device that takes microSIM.

Pricing is unknown at this point, but it should hit stores by the end of 2011.

Being so well-designed (from the looks of it, at least), it’s a shame that the N9 may be the last ever MeeGo by Nokia. Featuring a dead-on-arrival operating system, or a “burning platform,” as Nokia CEO Stephen Elop puts it, the N9 won’t get the love it deserves from both developers and users.

The N9 is probably a reassurance from Nokia that it can still make cool phones, and future Windows Phone 7 devices from the Finnish company probably wouldn’t disappoint.

Source: Nokia Conversations

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