Nokia’s first MeeGo smartphone is now official. It is equipped 3.9-inch (854 x 480) AMOLED display with scratch-resistant, curved Gorilla glass, and the phone don’t have any buttons on the front panel.
The casing of Nokia N9 is precision-machined from a single piece of polycarbonate, available in three colours – black, cyan and magenta, with dimensions of 116.45 x 61.2 x 12.1 mm and weighing in at 135 grams. According to Nokia the polycarbonate body enables superior antenna performance, which means better reception, better voice quality and fewer dropped calls.
Inside the phone is armed with ARM Cortex-A8 OMAP3630 1 Ghz processor and PowerVR SGX530 GPU, 1GB of RAM, 16GB/64GB storage, accelerometer and digital compass, GPS, NFC, 3G HSDPA, quad-band GSM, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, Near Field Communication (NFC), and a micro USB port, all backed by 1450 mAh battery. On the back N9 has 8 megapixel auto focus camera with Carl Zeiss optics and dual LED flash and 720p video recording capabilities. Nokia N9 also offers Dolby Digital Plus decoding and Dolby Headphone post-processing technology, so can get a surround sound experience with any set of headphones.
N9 is the first smartphone from Nokia running on the Linux-based MeeGo operating system. It is based on MeeGo1.2 (Harmattan) where all the navigation in the UI is done using swipe based gestures. There’s three home views, designed to give you fast access to the most important things for you, one for applications, second for events for staying up to date with notifications for calls, texts, calendar events and social networks, and the third is for switching between all live apps you have used recently, where you can pinch and zoom the screen to see either four or nine open app icons. N9 also has a new web browser, built on the latest Webkit 2 technology and with full support for HTML5, and comes with a new version of Ovi Maps with free turn-by-turn voice navigation.
The Nokia N9 is scheduled to be in stores later this year, with availability and local pricing to be announced closer to the sales start.