Another claim that Nokia has replaced its N9-00 MeeGo QWERTY slider with something else

Another claim that Nokia has replaced its N9-00 MeeGo QWERTY slider with something else
One rumor in the last weeks lead us to believe that the Nokia N9-00, the company's first MeeGo phone, has been cancelled by the Finns. The rumors were fueled mainly by one Eldar Murtazin, who also claimed, but only on Twitter, that he had a Nokia N9-01 substitute in hand, which is now touchscreen-only. Nokia's first MeeGo effort, whatever it ends up looking like, should be presented at the MWC Expo.

Now Reuters came up today with a similar story, confirmed by two "industry sources close to the company". So the probability that a phone with a physical keyboard won't be Nokia's first MeeGo device is getting bigger by the day. The codename of the new MeeGo thing, the Nokia N9-01, is said to be "Lankku", which means board in Finnish, so it might as well be a slate device.

Nokia N9-01 is rumored to feature a screen with 480x854 pixel of resolution, probably over 4.1", a 1.6GHz Atom CPU, 1 GB RAM, graphics processor at 200MHz with 512MB dedicated memory, HDMI-out, NFC chip, GPS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, as well as a 21Mbps HSPA+ radio. If this thing has the 12MP camera of the Nokia N8 we'd say it will definitely have a chance for faster adoption.

We should know very soon, Nokia is having an event on Friday, and also a news conference on Sunday. The Friday event will most likely be platform-related, and the rumors are split between Nokia adopting Windows Phone 7 and staying the current course (maybe with Android emulator for its MeeGo devices?). Whatever it is, we know that European carriers are firmly behind Nokia's restructuring, and will back it up whichever way it takes, as they mentioned recently, since Apple and Google's march is threatening to turn them into mere infrastructure providers.

source: Reuters via Engadget

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8 Comments

1. Alui unregistered

"200MHz with 512MB dedicated memory," Again this fantastic feature for a phone:). PC's have maximum 1.5 GB GPU dedicated RAM:). And with 1.6GHz processor?! Must be a tablet. A phone can't cope with the heat from that. Anyway, if so, Nokia is out from the phone market soon.

3. calamazoo unregistered

don't get too excited - it's Intel Atom integrated GPU, which sucks regardless of the 512MB GPU RAM. If inside is Intel's Oak Trail dual-core Atom platform, then we are talking, but it's not hitting until Spring, so we will have to wait for this phone till the summer if it's dual-core...

2. Seylan unregistered

If it were a tablet, then it would have had a high screen resolution! Dam i wanted that N9-00 with the QWERTY keyboard so badly! Nokia HAS to have some super phone launched this year, quad core hd screen and everything your mind can imagine, or else its time for me, a 8 year Nokia ONLY user, to switch to something else...Im still using my N95....the best phone ever created that NEVER got a true successor.

4. ps316

Posts: 19; Member since: Oct 19, 2010

Just came across this article titled "Nokia CEO's letter to employees", and wanted to share with you guys.. Seems to be very interesting.. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/news/telecom/Nokia-CEOs-letter-to-employees/articleshow/7459 579.cms#ixzz1DSTRJ4yi Prady

7. vvelez5

Posts: 623; Member since: Jan 29, 2011

You mean the article that's printed on every electronics website? Including this one, on the main page! But yes It is interesting what Elop has to say on February 11th.

5. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

Well this sucks ass if it's true. I was really looking forward to finally getting a QWERTY keyboard on my phone again. I'm sick and tired of tapping on my screen to type. There is simply nothing better than the feeling of pressing an actual key. How long before they finally do decide to come out with one?

6. vvelez5

Posts: 623; Member since: Jan 29, 2011

I can see why Nokia is looking away from the qwerty keyboard aspect of the phone. If you see the market the way it is now most smartphones don't have keyboards and most consumers don't look for the keyboard function anymore. Not saying that there isn't a market out there for it but if Nokia introduces a powerhouse of a touch screen handset it will probably sell well and make way for a keyboard handset. After all its all about the bottom line and adding a keyboard on a handset might not be too cost effective.

8. box unregistered

Maybe Nokia could be a hardware developer and have the devices be flexible in what OS it comes with, so it could be booted for WP7, Android, MeeGo, or whatever else comes next. Heck, I'm sure XDA could find a way to make something run ios if they cared to

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