Nokia Launches The N9 Smartphone, Trying To Revive MeeGo
Based on the mobile version Linux, MeeGo, Nokia’s new release, the N9 differentiates itself with a unibody type shell, made out of polycarbonate. In a move to increase efficiency, the SIM card compartment is located above the screen, easily accessible and changeable without requiring the user to close the phone.
With its gesture-based controls, this new device has no physical frontal buttons, sporting only 3 side buttons, one to lock the screen and two to modify audio volume. The 3.9 AMOLED, being in direct contact and protected by a Gorilla Glass panel, makes the display appear right at the edge of the fingertips, unlike most smartphones, that show a clear separation between its panel and display. Moreover, its anti-reflective surface ensures an almost nonexistent visible trace of fingerprints.
While the models put on display in the Singapore-based Nokia Communications 2011 event were only prototypes, the MeeGo seems pretty well put together, its gesture animations working without a hitch, and while running an application for the first time might be brought with a small delay, the said app will remain loaded on the N9’s RAM, thus enabling the user to come back to it in an instant.
Completing the revolution behind the MeeGo lays a new and original web browser, based on Webkit 2 technology. Unfortunately, while it has full support for HTML 5 webpages, at this moment in time there is no Adobe Flash support, though it will surely be integrated by the time the phone reaches the market.
Keeping with Nokia tradition of great quality video and photo hardware, the N9 hold an 8 MP Carl Zeiss camera, with auto focus as well as a Dual LED Flash. In regards to video recording, the device can capture and replay videos at HD resolution, accompanied by stereo sound.
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In regards to its connectivity capabilities, the N9 supports 3g HSDPA, Wi-Fi 802.11n, Bluetooth v2.1, GPS capability, as well as containing a NFC chip that can be used for non-contact payment.
With 1 GB RAM, multiple shell color palettes as well as a choice between two model versions in regards to capacity (16 or 64 GB integrated flash memory), Nokia’s new smartphone solution has no set release date, or a recommended retail price, its release predicted in early 2012.