Nokia officially unveils MeeGo-powered N9

Nokia officially unveils MeeGo-powered N9It was probably the worst kept secret in the mobile world, but it's a secret no longer: Nokia has officially announced the MeeGo-fuelled Nokia N9 “Lankku”, the “market disrupting” smartphone we've been anticipating for months now.

The long-awaited handset was revealed at the Nokia Connections event in Singapore today, putting an end to speculation that has hit fever pitch over the last few weeks.

The N9 has been through a long journey to get where it is now. Consensus has it that the MeeGo-powered handset was due to take a bow at Mobile World Congress back in February, only for Nokia to pull the plug at the last minute in the wake of the announcement to drop MeeGo for Windows Phone 7 just days before the Barcelona showpiece.

But the company has promised several times since then that it will release a single MeeGo-based smartphone into the wild to honour all the hard work that had been put into the MeeGo project before the last-minute change of plans.

And it's kept its promise with the Nokia N9, an attractive-looking new face set to go on sale “later this year”.

We don't have a detailed spec to go on just yet, but Nokia has revealed that the N9 will have HD video capture, an 8-megapixel camera featuring a wide aperture lens for low-light shooting, and a choice of 16GB or 64GB of on-board storage.

Design-wise, it features a curved AMOLED screen with a 854 x 480 resolution and a single polycarbonate chassis, and will be available in black, cyan and magenta.

“With the N9 we wanted to design a better way to use the phone,” revealed Nokia senior vice-pres of design Marko Ahtisaari.

The N9 isn't expected to be produced in huge quantities, but we'll no doubt find out more – along with all the standard pricing and availability details – in due course.

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Stelph  Jun. 21, 2011 at 11:00

Oh for goodness sake Nokia, what are you doing! Available later in the year??? What is that about

When will they and other manufactures learn, although people who are gadget lovers love reading rumours about upcoming phones we dont like to have official announcements for a phone we cant get our hands on for another 4-6 months, we prefer to have an announcement and then be able to get the phone in the next month (the sooner the better).

For all of their faults and over "magicalness", Apple have got announcing new tech absolutely right. Following an official annuncement there is so much excitiement and buzz that a lot of people on the fence probably end up getting the phone anyway, since it is available to order straight away, however after a couple of months the hype dies away and a lot of people move on so it seems mad that they announce now when the phone is so far away

If I was being cynical I would say the reason this has been announced now is because it will be coming out around of after the iPhone 5, so is trying to steal some of the thunder

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 21, 2011 at 12:45

Yeah, stelph...
Later in the year (which one?) it will disrupt the market (which one?)...
I'd say they shot their own foot, but which one? All just bloody charcoaled stumps anyway.
Not saying the N9 isn't going to be a cool gizmo for tinkerers, but really... "later this year”?
And Anna now in July...6, 7 months late.
By 'market disrupting' they mean that it a whole lot more will now not get an E6, X7 or, golly, wait for an N9 - they will get Androids or an iPhone xyz in September.
They might as well all close shop, go on holidays until they can dirupt the busy busy WP7 market.
Gee, if they slapped a touchscreen on the N95 they'd have better chances.
Goodbye, Nokia. Now, how about hiring LulzSec to manage the Nokia apps store?


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