In recent weeks we’ve learned of falling profits at Nokia, and CEO Stephen Elop’s rather vague “we must build, catalyse or join a competitive ecosystem” realistically says little about the Finns’ plans for the future.
It looks like we’ll have to wait till Mobile World Congress in a couple of weeks before we find out anything concrete.
However, a MeeGo bug report has been given a full autopsy over on the Maemo forums, and the results suggest there’s an upcoming smartphone on the cards with rather weighty specs. MeeGo, of course, being the Linux-based OS first revealed by Intel and Nokia at last year’s MWC.
So what’s in the box? There’s a 1.6GHz Intel processor (as opposed the ARM processor used by most other smartphones), an 854 x 480 display and 21Mbps HSPA+ support (although obviously we’re still waiting for networks here in the UK to progress beyond HSDPA).
The bug report also suggests 1GB of RAM, an as-yet unidentified 200MHz GPU with 512MB of memory, as well as the increasingly standard HDMI output. As you’d expect from any smartphone, there’s also full Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capability.
At present, it’s unclear whether this new MeeGo smartphone will be touchscreen only, or use a built-in QWERTY keyboard like the leaked Nokia N9.
Further muddying the waters is the mention of a USB keyboard and mouse in the dump log. It’s possible that the device in question could be a small netbook rather than a smartphone, however the 854 x 480 display would strongly suggest the latter.
We demand answers, Nokia! Stay tuned for all the latest news from MWC, which kicks off on Monday 14 February.