Nokia begins shipping N9 phone; no US release plans

Nokia's next big smartphone is finally shipping to some parts of the world but don't look for it in the US. The company announced today that the N9 phone will be available in a number of different countries worldwide The version with 16 GB of storage will sell for 480 euros (or $649) while the 64 GB version will sell for 560 euros (or $755), making the phone very much on the higher end of the smartphone price scale The N9 was first announced in June 2011. It uses the open source MeeGo operating system but it's likely to be the only such phone from Nokia that will use it. Indeed, today's press release for the N9 doesn't even mention the MeeGo OS as part of the phone.

The N9 comes with a 3.9 inch AMOLED touch screen, an eight megapixel rear camera, and a rounded case design. The phone also comes in three different colors: black, cyan and magenta. Oddly the press release doesn't mention what kind of processor the N9 uses but it's known that it has a 1 GHz single-core chip inside.

Nokia's release of the N9 may be the company's last major phone device before it launches its line of smartphones based on Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 operating system. The company has announced that it still plans to launch its first WP7-based products before the end of 2011. Meanwhile if you live in the US you will have to likely find a helpful person or web site overseas to get the N9.

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16 Comments

alexalex said,

The N9 is able to run Android apps.

But it's still a DOA OS, I could see some sales, but not that many

It actually looks like a nice phone and interesting interface, I have never looked at MeeGo before now. I guess they will still sell based on looks/good deals etc. But I won't be getting one!

Now I still need to decide if I want to stick with Android or jump to Win7 ...

Rudy said,
I'd buy a phone like that over a WP7 phone

Well, the nokia searay got the same design just with wp7 on it.. Gues you'll have to wait tough

Ramcee said,

Well, the nokia searay got the same design just with wp7 on it.. Gues you'll have to wait tough

I'm saying that OS looks better than WP7, not really talking about the hardware

Rudy said,
I'm saying that OS looks better than WP7, not really talking about the hardware

well because you like grid icon look, but its your opinion.

Wonder why the author thinks its odd the processor speed isnt mentioned. Isnt it more important how well the device performs in real life than merely boasting how fast the CPU is?

efjay said,
Wonder why the author thinks its odd the processor speed isnt mentioned. Isnt it more important how well the device performs in real life than merely boasting how fast the CPU is?

Exactly. Apple never talks about processor or specs. It's all about the UX. They just get it.

Im sorry, but the way nokia has leaned toward no more phones of this kind (meego), who in their right mind would buy this? Do they have no mind?

My point, there are barely any phones out with this OS so why would you pay $700 for something that wont be supported by many? There would be NO way I would ever spend 700 (not like this is an ok price anyway, geez get a tablet for this price!) on something that will have no support after 6 months, like nokia are saying, last phone before WP. Good luck nokia, hope this flops on them for being ignorant!

It seems like a great smartphone but the OS is already dead - however, if you just want something works - then this would be an option I assume.

MeeGo (and Maemo) were great OSs but Nokia never really pushed them and became lazy and went with WP.

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