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Nokia officially introduces the MeeGo powered Nokia N9, the first pure touchscreen phone

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Nokia officially introduces the MeeGo powered Nokia N9, the first pure touchscreen phone
Facing a desperate situation, Nokia might have pulled a miracle out of its hat with the introduction of the Nokia N9. On Monday, we showed you some pictures of the device and the Finnish based manufacturer made the official announcement about the phone at Nokia Connections in Singapore.

The first thing to understand about this phone is that there are no front buttons. The Nokia N9 is so intuitive that a swipe or gesture on the curved  3.9 inch AMOLED display is all you need to navigate through the MeeGo OS. To leave an app and go back to the home screen, the user swipes from the edge of the screen. The phone itself is constructed in a one-piece unibody design with the body made from polycarbonate material to improve antenna reception. Under the hood is a TI OMAP3630 1GHz CPU matched as usual with the PowerVRSGX530 GPU, Nokia's first.

Nokia officially introduces the MeeGo powered Nokia N9, the first pure touchscreen phone
Nokia officially introduces the MeeGo powered Nokia N9, the first pure touchscreen phone
The web browser on the handset is powered by WebKit 2 which means you can access a site even while it is still loading. Switching between open windows on the browser is quick and easy and support for HTML5 allows you to see rich web applications and offers fast video playback, but there is no desktop Adobe Flash support for now from what we are seeing. 

On the back of the phone is an 8MP camera featuring Carl Zeiss optics with a  super wide 28mm wide lens. The camera on the model is faster than the shooter on any other smartphone says Nokia, and captures video at 720p at 30 fps. Touch-to-focus and continuous aurofocus come standard, too. 

Nokia N9 complete spec sheet

Nokia N9 complete spec sheet

The newest Nokia Maps edition is on board to give you free turn by turn directions for walking and driving, without the need to be connected ot the Internet. Also, in 85 major cities, the Nokia N9 will tell you the fastest way to arrive at a location using public transportation. Along the route, there are markings for cafes, hotels, shops and more.

The Nokia N9 is NFC enabled and offers Dolby Headphone and Dolby Digital Plus which makes it the first mobile phone to offer personal surroundsound through headphones. The UI arranges three home views in a carousel. One is an app to launch and organize your apps. The second shows your social feeds and notifications for calls, texts and calendar events. The third view shows all off your live apps and apps that you have recently used. Pinch and zoom to show either 4 or 9 live apps at a time.

The Nokia N9 will be available in three colors, black, cyan and magenta. 16GB and 64GB models will be available. Pricing, carrier availability and a launch date have not been announced, but rumors are that it will be available in about a month from now. Has Nokia completed a long Hail Mary pass? Certainly the no button look has a definite sexiness to it. What do you think? Is this a phone that you would consider buying? Let us know your thoughts by writing in the comment box below.

via Nokia

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posted on 20 Jun 2011, 23:54 8

1. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)

holy s**t... forget the iphone 5, this or the wp7 nokia is gonna be my next phone!

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 03:14 3

26. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


posted on 21 Jun 2011, 09:07 1

39. corps1089 (Posts: 492; Member since: 20 Jan 2010)

Too funny! now I have to clean my coffee off the screen...

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 10:08 2

45. hepresearch (unregistered)

3 And it came to pass that when Sniggly had said these words, his brother hepresearch rebuked him, saying: Sniggly, I fear that thy joy doth carry thee away unto boasting.
4 But Sniggly said unto him: I do not boast in my own strength, nor in my own wisdom; but behold, my joy is full, yea, my heart is brim with joy, and I will rejoice in my iPhone.
5 And as Sniggly journeyed, he came near Cupertino: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from Espoo:
6 And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Sniggly, Sniggly, why persecutest thou me?
7 And he said, Who art thou? And the voice said, I am Stephen Elop whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.
8 And because my words shall hiss forth-many of the IT guys shall say: An iPhone! An iPhone! We have got an iPhone, and there cannot be any more iPhone.
9 But thus saith Elop: O fools, they shall have an iPhone; and it shall proceed forth from Apple in Cupertino, in whom Microsoft already owns a 40% stake.
10 Know ye not that there are more OS's than one? Know ye not that I, Stephen Elop, have created the alliance between Microsoft and Nokia, and that I remember even those who are in the emerging markets?
11 And I will bring forth Windows Phone Mango, even upon Nokia hardware, unto the children of men, yea, even upon all the nations of the earth!
12 And Sniggly, trembling and astonished, said, Elop, what wilt thou have me to do? And Elop said unto him, Arise, and go into Redmond, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.

the Book of "Elopocalypse", chapter 11, verses 3 through 12...

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 10:48 1

46. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

This made me chuckle heartily. I better go back to playing Mario, because I've just been 1up'ed. :D

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 15:34 1

49. hepresearch (unregistered)

Steve Jobs made me do it... HAH!!!

If the opportunity presents itself, we may just get another reading from the Book of "Elopocalypse" in response to some future Nokia/WP7 news item(s)... I love sarcasm, satire, metaphor, and all that literary jazz...

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 17:01

50. fairly_mismatched (unregistered)

Damn... that's commentary gold right there.

Makes me wonder if a book hundreds of millions (billions?) of people take to be absolute truth might not have just been a parody about some dude's invisible man in the sky.

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 23:04

53. hepresearch (unregistered)

Glad you enjoyed it... I sure had fun with it.

Well, back in the day there were only two choices... either Masoretic or Septuagent (sp?)... but that was well over a thousand years ago. Now, everyone (and their mother) has a different translation of the same book, with contextual differences between each of them. It does get a little confusing, for sure.

I should put together a collection of all my "writings", and make a parody... we could call it the MTT (Mobile Tech Translation).

Bill Gates is eyeing the "Smite" key on his special keyboard right now... LOL!

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 23:36 1

54. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)

umm no i probably will still end up getting the iphone cause the apps are so much beter... but i might treat myself to one of these as a side phone... but ur right... it really isnt as sexy as the iphone...

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 17:17

51. BobbyTaba (Posts: 316; Member since: 11 Aug 2010)

no apps yet

posted on 20 Jun 2011, 23:55 3

2. jura21 (Posts: 30; Member since: 20 Jun 2011)

nah !!....lack of apps .....thats the sole reason people prefer iOS and android

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 00:02 2

6. weirdfisher (Posts: 51; Member since: 31 Mar 2011)

meego can use android apps, i saw it from mynokiablog
dont know if it is true

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 01:39 2

21. fdo (unregistered)

Yes, Meego is compatible with ANDROID applications. (and Meego is based on Linux like ANDROID).

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 02:53 3

23. pirate_777 (Posts: 16; Member since: 27 Feb 2010)

Does the phone or how you use it even matter anymore, is it just all apps ?? how many apps will u use ? lets say u download a 100 app, and i guarantee that u would use 20 maximum and thats if ur all day playing with ur phone which is lifeless and pathetic or at minimum ull use 3 to 6 apps. Just think about it and ull realize that apps are secondary rather than primary, if there are no apps at all then okay thats bad, but if u have all the important and core apps like whats app and a game or two and other, then thats all u need really unless ur seriously wasting all day whatching ur phone, just put in considration that phone calls, sms, and others still matter and are primary rather than PDA function, thats what i love abt Nokia, u never get bored from them like android and iOS or maybe just android, Nokia makes u feel its a phone first then a smart tool, i know it has its weaknesses but all phones do, i prefer perfect phone calls and organized sms, navigation, camera rather other stuff because thats what counts when u have no data connection, and feel helpful when ur camping or traveling.

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 08:21 2

36. AppleFUD (unregistered)

Thank you for talking sense. Even on my PC I don't use that many apps/programs. Sure, I like to check out different ones form time to time but mainly use about 5 to 10 regularly outside of the OS. . . so, what in the world am I going to do with 300K apps?

I'll tell you, spend all day searching for ONE decent app from the hundreds of thousands of crap apps.

so sick of hearing this app argument from apple fans. if they really believed this argument then they all should be waiting for Win8 tablets because the millions of win7 programs will run on them along with the "new" html5 apps. . . but when it comes out they'll start saying, "apps don't matter. . . there's plenty of apps. . . what matters is . . .blah. . . blah. . .blah"--some other stupid argument.

Use what works for you!

posted on 20 Jun 2011, 23:55 8

3. bluechrism (unregistered)

Time to start saving up.

posted on 20 Jun 2011, 23:57 5

4. CLINTONW25 (Posts: 38; Member since: 14 Jun 2011)

ALL I CAN SAY IS.....AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 00:00 6

5. Nokia-Fan (unregistered)

Definitely my next phone.... Looks too elegant, hope it looks the same in real.... Don't know why people is disliking Nokia. The Symbian 3 is also good for what any latest phone should do. People are not making spacecrafts with their latest IOS or Android phones, just accessing Twitter, facebook or browsing web which Nokia also does best. But people just getting along and tweeting of disliking Nokia without knowing what's wrong is hurting the company's repo and employees jobs. I love Nokia and N9,,, I m already in love with it........

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 00:11 3

8. Eingild (Posts: 203; Member since: 19 Apr 2011)

Because these people commenting that Nokia sucks do it purely because other people also do it. They don't even know what is wrong with Symbian yet they talk big like asshol*s! They don't even know how to harness iOS' full potential and to modify Android, yet they consider it the best just buy using sms and the web browser. Yes these OS's may be the best but c'mon. The least thing that people can do is at least know how to fully use a smartphone.

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 01:32 3

20. ihatelie (unregistered)

why did people hate Symbian? Because it's SLOW...

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 19:47

52. Nokia-Fan (unregistered)

Symbian is not slow...... its as fast as any other mobile OS in the market. I tried my hands on today on Motorola Atrix (dual core android), it even lags on switching from one tab to other in call management and behaves like any other smartphone in the market,,,

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 00:04 5

7. saiki4116 (Posts: 379; Member since: 31 Mar 2011)

the design is awesome,and nokia are back in action

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 00:17 4

9. ap (unregistered)

holy cr*p.....i i don't get one soon i might die!!!!!

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 00:27 3

10. RonnieFerrao (unregistered)

Love the phone ....... Wish it has WP7 for app support

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 00:31 3

11. xenover (Posts: 174; Member since: 27 May 2011)

What if there was a device that would be able to run ALL apps of ALL platforms

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 00:32 2

12. saby0143 (unregistered)

falling in love with its design & featurs.... I find symbian3 more user friendy and easy on hands than my last two phone which has BADA & android froyo... And meego is looking my next one and my net will definetly a nokia smartphone

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 00:35

13. yeahone (unregistered)

how did phonearena get a hold on the specs under the hood? i think it's not yet given

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 00:36 4

14. efx (unregistered)

the meego os on the n9 is unbeliveable. full multitasking with no keys.... wow. smooth and sexy. i want a n9 TODAAAAYYYYYY!!!!!! this is the best os on the market now, original and superb!!!!!

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 00:38 1

15. OsirisRa (Posts: 46; Member since: 17 Dec 2010)

This version of the N9 is a disappointment. The previous version had a slide out qwerty at an angle. Not even a 4 inch screen, had to be 3.9 inches. I just recently upgraded from my beloved Nokia N900 to my HTC Sensation. By the way this phone shoots 1080p video at 30fps. Hopefully Nokia continues to offer updates to this device, unlike when they abandoned the Maemo community.

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 00:58 3

17. ap (unregistered)

Well, since you already have the Sensation which is a huge curved slab, you don't need to say that this device is a disappointment. Not everyone likes humongous phones 3.9inches hits the perfect niche for screen size on a phone, not too large but not small either. I think Nokia has finally brought a great device to the market after such a long time.

PS I personally don't care if a device shoots 1080p video, cause for a mobile phone 720p is great

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 03:12

25. PhoneLuver (Posts: 481; Member since: 05 Jul 2010)

It's definitely a great device. But where does it fit in now that Nokia is moving to WP7? Is it a once off device or will it receive support with updates, apps etc..?

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 00:53

16. Dave (unregistered)

Where d hell is the keyboard waited for this! With out a keyboard rubbish

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 01:07

18. Dave (unregistered)

Why do u need a physical keyboard when u have full-screen keyboard. Keyboard are useful on blackberries with tiny screens or previous 9300, 9500 non-touch communicators... Without keyboard, its light and sleek....

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 09:12

41. corps1089 (Posts: 492; Member since: 20 Jan 2010)

I absolutely needed a keyboard until my TP was replaced by insurance with a TP2, gone was the Ctrl key and gone was my need for a keyboard [even more so now that I loaded a swype .cab]. I am not looking back and will no longer consider only qwerty sliders when looking for a new phone.

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 01:11 1

19. gregs (unregistered)

AMAZING !!!!!!!!!!! beautiful UI idea.

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 01:44 1

22. malik (unregistered)

amazing.. this is so elegant... nokia is back to innovative ways

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 03:01 1

24. Leyjee (Posts: 47; Member since: 25 Feb 2011)

Nokia is back!

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 03:17 1

27. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

...We'll see. I still think the Bionic will be the more wow worthy device. Though Meego sounds pretty cool.

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 03:58 1

29. ap (unregistered)

Well the Bionic might have more power under the hood but I don't think it will be as sexy as this baby here....what say you? :)

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 10:53

47. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

That's a tough question. Motorola has its own form of sexy for its high end devices. Like a rugged, male sexy. The N9 is sexy like the Captivate, which I would label as more of an Anne Hathaway sexy.

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 03:46

28. usernametaken (Posts: 14; Member since: 10 Jun 2011)

really, makes one wonder why they chose WP7 over this... if they can pull it off with this one. this will bring back their glory...

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 09:16

42. corps1089 (Posts: 492; Member since: 20 Jan 2010)

Environment, just the phone hardware and software is not enough, you must also have the entire ecosystem to support the phones in order to be a successful platform. You must have developers making apps for your platform and MS is integrating Zune and Marketplace into a viable competitor to iTunes. Look what happened to a great OS like WebOS without the ecosystem to support it

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 04:50

30. clevername (Posts: 1436; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)

I'm impressed at the boldness and hardware design. The gesture-centric UI is a marvelous idea even if not wholly original, but it does work very well. I am impressed with what it can do, and especially the some of the specs. Though not the highest end device its Impressive. ESPECIALLY THE BATTERY LIFE! 7-11 Hours talk time!? Wow. However the UI design leaves something to be desired. the app launcher will fall into the perpetual app scroller. Which is also a fault of wp7 and androids app drawer, and I can't help but feel like the events screen will get cluttered with SMS, email, calls, twitter, Facebook, and who know what else will be there. And as for multitasking I have to ask; does it only multitask with the 9 most recent apps used? Or does it only show 9? All in all I like the os, just not super wow'd by the UI.

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 05:05 2

31. sonisoe (Posts: 411; Member since: 06 May 2009)

just hope that nokia'll implement some of the features ie. buttonless device to its wp7 phones... but still wp7 seems to be more impressive though overall...

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 05:33

32. Mike S (unregistered)

Nice phone... Much better than WP7... The Android compatibility is a big plus although we really need to see how compatible is it... In other words can I go do the Android Market and just download any app?
Battery life is also key...

Then there is pricing... I never bought the N900 because of how pricey it was given its limited functionality...
Is the N9 going to price itself out of the market also?

A few questions remain to be answered.

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 06:07

33. Mike S (unregistered)

Oh... also i need to add this additional note.

If successful, this would leave Blackberry all alone without a serious phone that challenges the competition thus putting Blackberry in a deeper hole from which it can't climb back out of.

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 07:32 1

34. aries.phills (Posts: 140; Member since: 17 May 2011)

wow!! wow!! wow!! This is amazing and original. I bet, the qwerty version is coming out too. I'm so loving this mobile. Now I'm confused. Should I go for sgs ii for its screen or should pick this multitasking monster/ pretty candy perfect size original touch smart king. Or should I go with the both and forget about Nokia windows which is due for next year. I guess I'll go with the last option. Now I can peacefully and gracefully lay down my N900 for this beauty. this has blown my mind. Hope the don't blow my head with N915.

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 09:24

43. corps1089 (Posts: 492; Member since: 20 Jan 2010)

I doubt a hardware keyboard version will come out. Adding a keyboard would basically negate the design solution for eliminating buttons.

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 07:33

35. jack1059 (unregistered)

Im not an app whore, so as long as the basic apps (weather, email, calendar, etc) are available im good. What's important to me is general use ability, connectivity, battery life, etc. Ill definately be looking into this phone when it gets released, as I also want some differentiation from the iphone / android masses. It looks quite good at this point, but wait and see.

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 08:34

37. lacp (unregistered)

I expected more. I thought that this smartphone would have a dual core processor, more precisely a ST-Ericsson U8500 1.2GHz dual core cpu.What a disapoitment. What sadness of hardware.

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 09:02

38. snowgator (Posts: 3583; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)

I will echo the thoughts of some other posters- how does MEEGO fit in with Nokia's plans after this device? Will they keep one MEEGO supported, and upgrade as problems with the first device they have put out with reveal themselves? They are hedging their companies bets on Windows, not MEEGO. I would be real reluctant to pick up this handset without knowing what Nokia's plans concerning it's OS was.

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 09:11 1

40. snowgator (Posts: 3583; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)

Ugh. Horrid phrasing in my above post, my apologies. For some freaking reason, Phone Arena didn't let me edit it.

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 09:25

44. corps1089 (Posts: 492; Member since: 20 Jan 2010)

I cannot edit any of my new posts since the upgrade either.

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 15:14

48. vvelez5 (Posts: 623; Member since: 29 Jan 2011)

Dammit I need to change my pants.

posted on 03 Aug 2011, 06:23

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