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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