Nokia announces the N9 as first MeeGo device, US not part of the launch

We have heard rumors of a MeeGo device coming from Nokia for some time and late last night Nokia announced the Nokia N9 MeeGo device. As much as I like Nokia products, I don’t know why they want to again have four operating systems to support with Symbian, Series 40, Windows Phone, and MeeGo. I think MeeGo will just end up being another hobby device, like the N900, and according to FoneArena the US is not a launch country so we may not even see it here until 2012.

Their press release states it will ship later this year and honestly I would rather just see Nokia devote these resources to Windows Phone or even improving Symbian rather than spending time on a phone that will appeal only to the most die hard Nokia fan who doesn’t care about smartphones being part of a complete ecosystem.

The N9 specifications include the following:

  • 1 GHz Arm Cortex A8 OMAP3630 processor
  • MeeGo 1.2 Harmattan operating system
  • Penta-band 3G radio (Yeah Nokia, why can’t anyone else do this?) at just 14.4 Mbps
  • 8 megapixel Carl Zeiss camera with dual LED flash
  • Front facing camera for video calls
  • 3.9 inch AMOLED display at 854×480 pixel resolution
  • NFC chip
  • Bluetooth 2.1
  • 802.11 b/g/n WiFi
  • A-GPS
  • 1450 mAh battery
  • Dimenions of 116.45 x 61.2 x 7.6 mm and 135 grams
It looks to have specs matching current devices, except for the processor and slower wireless cellular radio and in six months won’t stand out in the crowd at all. There are no buttons on the front and everything is controlled by the touchscreen interface. The N9 will come in Magenta, Cyan, and Black and the design does look beautiful with the curved Gorilla glass.

Check out some Nokia N9 resource sites for more information:

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24 Comments to Nokia announces the N9 as first MeeGo device, US not part of the launch

MrAngryFromPurley
June 21, 2011

There are no buttons and everything is controlled by the touchscreen interface

There are a few buttons.

[...] מפרסמים שמועות חדשות, אבל הנה הגל האחרון: נוקיה מכריזה על N9, הוא ללא מקלדת. במקביל מתפרסם (ללא תמונות רשמיות) שיהיה [...]

Shaun
June 21, 2011

Puzzled.

Which part of a ‘complete ecosystem’ is missing?

It seems to be all there to me but will Nokia and developers support it? The N900 had everything also (except the looks) but Nokia didn’t support it so developers didn’t either.

yo mama 3
June 21, 2011

GET, AN iPhone, nexus S by sprint. evo. don’t get a blackjunk or even nokia they are dying, they are a dinosaur.

EVVJSK
June 21, 2011

Looks like it won’t ship with Adobe Flash 10.x support (but since it isn’t coming to the U.S. that may not be that big of a deal. I suspect it will be a phone that is liked, but probably won’t be supported well by Nokia as it is going to be their only Meego phone (at least from previous statements). I would be great if they would make a commitment to support Meego through about 2014. Might sell enough of them to make it worth their while.

Conor
June 21, 2011

I find it amazing that even Engadget are amped for this phone and you guys couldn’t seem to care less.

“appeal only to the most die hard Nokia fan who doesn’t care about smartphones being part of a complete ecosystem.” Pretty obvious they’re going after the main consumer market with this one but hey, what do I know. Maybe people hate monoblock devices. Conversely though, maybe people only care about apps because they’re told to. Maybe people can be told differently.

“It looks to have specs matching current devices, except for the processor and slower wireless cellular radio and in six months won’t stand out in the crowd at all.” Assuming the UI/UX are as speedy as they look in promo videos (and initial reports are promising) this is not an issue at all. Most consumers couldn’t give a **** about specs, and only cry dual-core because they heard that that’s cool from someone. Apple’s got their Post-PC era boner, and the N9 reflects this idea. I have no issue with the CPU really. Moreover, phones really don’t need 21+mbps radios. Fact is, they take so long to render the page that it causes a massive bottleneck.

Seriously guys, get in the game. This was just depressing to read.

kjamc1982
June 21, 2011

I am a webOS user and this is the same processor in my current Pre2 and I have no real problems. I am looking at the Nokia N9 and drooling for it because I think Meego is great from the videos and pictures. I mostly use my phone as a media player for my podcasts and I have been thinking of just ditching my Pre2. However, hearing that there isn’t any real good podcasting app on the N8 really sealed it for me. I am just wondering how is the development for Nokia’s version of Meego done. If it is crazy and not some what unified like some platforms(Blackberry mostly) that could hurt the platform.

Orianngely
June 21, 2011

Ori

Anthony
June 22, 2011

Damn.. That looks amazing. I want it so bad! I’m in Canada, so I don’t know when they say U.S., if they include Canada or not… Hopefully they don’t… I want one soon! Own an E5 right now. Doing me good :) Love Nokia. I rather Meego than Windows Phone, the only reason I’d prefer Windows Phone is because the app store may be more ‘local’, and the apps for movie times etc could be more accurate for my location in Canada than apps made for European uses. But other than that, I’m all for MeeGo/Symbian :) And the above reason is also the only reason why I’d buy an iPhone, or Blackberry… But since it isn’t really that BIG of a deal, Nokia all the way!!!

Pdexter
June 22, 2011

To me at least it’s the most interesting Nokia phone in 3 years.

jdo
June 22, 2011

Conor is right on the money. Take a second and look at the clips. This is the most exciting mobile operating system I’ve seen since webOS, and the best hardware I’ve seen since the iPhone 4. Maybe you should give it a chance.

Ryan
June 23, 2011

This article is useless.

Considering this is a Nokia specialist site I thought you would actually put in effort into finding out more about the device.

Absolutely no insight at all.

Engadget has done much more informative articles on the N9 and they’re usually extremely biased AGAINST anything Nokia.

This site should just die seeing as it only gets new articles every I don’t know month?

TuxDotKing
June 23, 2011

Wow, that was actually rather sad. Did MS buy this part of the Smartphone Experts network? :p

I kid, I kid. But seriously, this phone is amazing, and MeeGo is hands-down the only mobile OS that excites me more than Android. I will be importing one to the good ol’ US of A posthaste.

[...] I’ll admit I was a bit harsh on the Nokia N9 and maybe it is due to my frustration with the lack of a simple Anna update on my existing devices. [...]

Edwin
June 25, 2011

Eldar (mobile-review.com) put on a nice but also sad analysis about Nokia N9 as he’s suspecting Elop will do a political move. He will let Nokia N9 failed just like Nokia N900 did, and use the data to reinforce his plan on moving to WP7 platform.

On the other hand, it feels so sad that MeeGo actually has a HUGE potentials over Symbian and any other competing OS.

Eldar also noted that Nokia N9 has an outdated spec compare to nowadays dual core league. I hope Eldar’s prophecy is not true. Nokia N9 isn’t aimed to tablet market like its predecessor N900. It comes out also with stronger ecosystem (Qt framework, Android apps compatible, etc.) compare to Maemo standalone.

For me personally, I’m so want to own a Nokia N9 =D

batmark
June 26, 2011

Who is the Yo mama person and where do the get their information from? Blackberry and Nokia have their place in the market, and always will. Perhaps if some research were done on their part, they might sound a little more informed. My best friend has an iphone, and he borrows my BB Torch when his phone craps out. Blackberry all the way man. If apple comes out with anything of their own, wake me up. Until then, Nokia and Blackberry will always trump apple

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ymmp
June 27, 2011

Why is no one talking about it not having a HW keyboard. That’s the biggest disappointment for me.

ymmp
July 7, 2011

Now I see that there will also be an N950 – that looks even more interesting, but will not be available for consumers?

shawn
August 1, 2011

Dude, Wait….! You might have not seen the N9 device, but ask me. I am a developer and worked on most of the mobile platform. Let me tell you one of the success of iPhone and Android: ‘Apps’. When iphone was lanched it was a new look device and also go a easy developmemt framework than that of Symbian. Then Android came up with a similar kind of look but developing on Android is more easier then iphone. So today you will find more developer in Android then that of iphone,though Android came later then iPhone. We can see to be success we need to have something different. Now this N9 has both : new look and more easier then Android. If Nokia support this device they will not be in loss. But they have done one simple mistake. They didn’t publish the sdk long back so that the developers can be ready with apps. Now if they release the device the developers will be in learning phase on N9,which may be hard time to market with no exciting apps. But i think if they support this device they will be in more profit then Symbian.

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