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
- 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: