As expected, earlier today Nokia has officially unveiled its first MeeGo smartphone, simply called Nokia N9.
The N9 is presented as “the world’s first pure touch screen phone without any front-facing buttons at all” – because, well, it really doesn’t have front-facing buttons (there’s just an unlock key, and the volume rocker on one side).
The new handset runs MeeGo 1.2, it’s relatively thin (12.1 mm), has a unibody design, and is “made from the best in polycarbonate material engineering today.”
Of course, the novelty of the N9 is the MeeGo UI, which does look pretty good, and is based on swiping (for example, since the handset has no home button, to get home you just have to swipe from the edge of the screen).
Here’s what the N9 also brings:
- 3.9 inch AMOLED display with curved Gorilla Glass and 854 x 480 pixels
- Quad band GSM/EDGE: 850, 900, 1800, 1900
- Penta-band WCDMA: 850, 900, 1900, 1700, 2100
- WLAN 802.11abgn
- Free turn-by-turn drive and walk navigation
- 8MP autofocus camera with Carl Zeiss optics, dual LED flash, and 720p video recording
- 1GB of RAM
- 1GHz single-core processor
- 16GB / 64GB on-board memory
- 1450 mAh battery
Below you have two official video promos of the Nokia N9 (including a hands-on demo of the UI):
The Nokia N9 will be available in three color version (black, magenta and cyan) starting later this year. Nokia didn’t say how much the MeeGo smartphone would cost, but we’ve heard its price could be around $600.
All in all, I think the N9 has what it takes to become one of Nokia’s best smartphones ever (of course, time will be the judge of that). You can find out more about the handset here at Nokia Swipe.
Via Press release
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