Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Meego-based Nokia N9 breaks cover...

In what seems to be a flood of new devices released by Nokia this week, the new N9 handset was announced yesterday.
Although we will likely not see the device on South African shores for a while, it boasts a fairly impressive spec sheet, ahead of the release of the first Windows Mobile-based Nokia handsets sometime next year (or end 2011).

Earlier today I could not get Blogger to upload any pictures for some bizarre reason, and I was directing visitors to GSM Arena who have some snaps of the slick new device.

Finally though, I got it working, and here she is - behold the Nokia N9:


What is immediately apparent is the lack of any traditional buttons on the front of the phone - even on the Nokia E7, there is a menu button at bottom centre.
This is a departure from previous Nokia designs, as this is now effectively an "all-touch" device, which makes use of swipe gestures instead of the traditional menu button.

There are still volume buttons on the side of the phone, and one other button which I assume is either the camera capture button, or the cover for the SIM slot.

Specifications:

- AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, 480 x 854 pixels, 3.9 inches (multi-touch, Gorrilla glass)

- 16/64 GB storage, 1 GB RAM
- HSDPA, 14.4 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.7 Mbps
- Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
- microUSB v2.0, USB On-the-go support
- 8 MP Camera, 3264x2448 pixels, Carl Zeiss optics, autofocus, dual LED flash
- MeeGo OS, v1.2 Harmattan
- 1GHz Cortex A8 CPU, PowerVR SGX530 GPU, TI OMAP 3630 chipset
- MicroSIM card support only
- GPS with A-GPS support; Ovi Maps

The main points of interest in these specs, for me at least, are in bold.

First off, an option of 64GB of internal storage is just amazing - I know that the Nokia N97 and the iPhone (3GS / 4) offered 32GB onboard storage, but I cannot think of another phone that offers 64GB onboard storage at the moment.

Secondly, the MeeGo OS is an interesting choice, given the pending move to Windows Mobile for Nokia Smartphones.
I know next to nothing about software development, but this can only be a good thing for Nokia, given the steady demise of the Symbian platform up until now.

Finally, it is good to see Nokia employing a decently beefy CPU to power this device, coupled to a PowerVR SGX530 GPU - these hardware factors combined with the MeeGo OS, should hopefully make this device a slick and powerful contender in a massively aggressive and fast-paced market...

Only time will tell, I guess...

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