Nokia announces N9, creates more confusion

Today, Nokia announced at an event called CommunicAsia their all new Nokia N9 phone. The new candybar based phone is available in a range of colors, and comes running the open-source based "Meego" operating system that has not been released onto consumer devices until today.

The new device is packing a 8-megapixel camera and comes in 16 or 64GB flavors, packs a AMOLED display, with the entire front of the phone being a touch screen and having no capacitive buttons at all. On top of this, it has a compass, accelerometer, proximity sensor and light sensor built in, and weighs just 135g. According to WorldofNokia, which has a full specifications list available, it also has HTML5 support in the browser, turn by turn navigation and supports office documents out of the box.

The phone is made of a polycarbonate shell, measures 116.45- x 61.2- x 7.6-12.1mm, comes in cyan, magenta or black and requires a micro-SIM.

Nokia is touting the full social networking support heavily, with Twitter and Facebook being built right into the OS, or viewable in one "stream" from the events view. In addition to this, the phone can play movies in MPEG4-SP & ASP, H.264 BP/MP, WMV9 / VC-1 and MKV formats. 

One of the more interesting features is the NFC connectivity that is built in. You can tap the N9 to wireless speakers and play music from them, or tap two N9 phones together to transfer files seamlessly. This is the first implementation like this that will be widely available.

According to the Nokia website, applications available from launch include Vimeo, Twitter, Skype, Facebook, Wi-Fi Hotspot, Angry Birds "Magic", Foursquare, AP Mobile and AccuWeather with "more on the way." 

We're baffled as to why Nokia has gone to all this effort with the impending launch of their Windows Phone 7 based devices in the Fall of this year, and are left wondering what will happen to users of the phone when Windows Phone 7 becomes the companies primary focus, and if it will continue to be supported or is just a stop-gap measure until then. There's only one way to find out.

For more information on the N9, visit the Nokia site here. No word on a release date, we'll keep our eyes peeled.

Thanks to forum member liju for posting this.

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This will be their higher end smartphone I bet, just wait to see this selling for some insane price of $800 etc, while they come out with a range of WP7 devices that are priced lower etc. I expected this in the end, that one or two Meego devices a year was always their plan. But with the price I expect I don't see it selling like hotcakes.

GP007 said,
This will be their higher end smartphone I bet, just wait to see this selling for some insane price of $800 etc, while they come out with a range of WP7 devices that are priced lower etc. I expected this in the end, that one or two Meego devices a year was always their plan. But with the price I expect I don't see it selling like hotcakes.

I think it'll be the complete opposite, I guess this will be around the half of the price you mentioned, but I guess that's just a guess...

I personally like it a lot. Like the design and Meego both. The specs are great and i dont think the price will be to high.

0veR said,
WOW! That phone is awesome. I dont care is it WIndows7 or Android or any other i just like that design.

I like the design too. A shame it won't be WP7...

It looks so awesome. But MeeGo is dead, whether they invested big time or not. It's all about Android and iOS right now and if MS doesn't screw up, and I so hope they don't, Mango looks awesome, WP7. So why in gods name did they waste such a beautiful phone with that great but obsolete mobile OS? Three years ago - alright, could have been a game changer. But people are waiting for Nokias WP7... Why not this one?

coth said,
intel just announced some meego tablets as well. but honestly i think it's a dead os.

What do you mean by meego tablets? Last time I checked, MeeGo runs on Atom based platforms.
I like this light OS, it's awesome!

Ka74ever said,

What do you mean by meego tablets? Last time I checked, MeeGo runs on Atom based platforms.
I like this light OS, it's awesome!

wrong word - 'presernted'
some of its own new

Just the best hardware EVER seen. It's simply stunning, it's design is really unique. Waiting eagerly for a WP7 device from Nokia...

How is this supposed to create more confusion? Nokia said (in Feb.) that they will release a device later this year as an experiment for MeeGo platform, and this is it. This isn't any different from Samsung experimenting with Chrome OS even though Samsung has no plans to make it their main netbook OS. They are giving consumers a choice to try something new.

Nokia should have kept developing Symbian while transitioning to Meego for all its devices, but instead it dumps everything in favour of an unpopular and unsuccessful Windows CE mobile 7 OS. If Elop is trying to destroy Nokia, he's doing a damn fine job.

As far as this phone goes, it sounds good. If only Meego was Nokia's primary focus, the company might have survived, but as things stand, switching to WM7 has all but killed Nokia. Its stock's in the toilet, its WM7 OS strategy is destined for failure, and Elop's entryism has guaranteed a cheap takeover / patent buy out bid by Microsoft.

I think the moral of the story here is, doing business with Microsoft is bad for any company's health.

This is really bizarre... I just don't understand why a company would develop an OS that competes with another OS that they are pushing... I mean, the expense involved and everything...

M_Lyons10 said,
This is really bizarre... I just don't understand why a company would develop an OS that competes with another OS that they are pushing... I mean, the expense involved and everything...

Big companies don't just turn on a dime. The N9 release has probably been in motion over the course of the last year, long before Elop came and infiltrated them. The amount of investment they put into it, I'd have been more surprised if they didn't release it.

That said, I actually quite like it, it's a shame the MeeGo is all but dead, because it looks really quite good.

Nokia really should have just stopped all Symbian development 2 years ago and diverted all the resources into making Maemo/MeeGo its awesome primary OS. Instead, they wasted so much resources trying to keep the dated Symbian alive instead of actually making progress on MeeGo. Now it's too late and they have to rely on WP7 instead because they've never really pushed MeeGo, an OS with a lot of potentials.

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