It 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.