Nokia N9 now shipping with a daring price tag

Nokia N9 now shipping with a daring price tag
The Nokia N9 is now finally shipping to stores in the limited markets where the device will be available and it has been confirmed to arrive in a 16GB and 64GB variations carrying a retail price tag of some $650 (480 euro) and $730 (540 euro), respectively. And yes, that’s around the price or even more expensive in some markets than dual-core heavyweights like the Samsung Galaxy S II The company hasn’t announced an official release date, but some analysts including Nokia insider Eldar Murtazin claim it’s landing on shelves on October 15th.

In case, you’ve forgotten - and you well could have as the N9 was announced more than three months ago - the Nokia N9 comes with an all-swype no-buttons interface and the MeeGo operating system. The handset is expected to be the first... and last fruit of Nokia’s MeeGo labor. Except for the unique UI, the phone comes with a cushion-like design and colorful plastic body. 
The technical details include: 

Nokia N9 now shipping with a daring price tag
- a 3.9” AMOLED display with a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels and 16:9 aspect ratio,
- 1GHz TI OMAP processor,
- 8MP camera with 720p video capture,
- 3G HSDPA at 14.4Mbps,
- NFC,
- black, cyan, magenta colors.

But the specs - as important as they are - weren’t supposed to be the main highlight of the handset. It’s of course all about the MeeGo operating system arriving in its Harmattan flavor here. Sadly, the platform seems to be doomed with Nokia already opting for Windows Phone as its main operating system. And rumor on the street is that first of those are arriving mid-December. Nonetheless, would you consider the N9, now that it’s so close to arrival?


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  • Display 3.9" 480 x 854 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 1450 mAh(7.00h 3G talk time)

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23 Comments

1. lumpia91791 unregistered

Wow that is a huge leap in memory for that price point. Just better to get the pricier one. I really, really hope these badboys get ebayed cheap, but know the douches there it will be really pricey.

2. ivanko34

Posts: 617; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

nice phone

24. bolaG

Posts: 468; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

its shape and asorted colors reminds me of the old Ipod nano.

10. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

whoa, Peter your not boycotting PA anymore? anyways this devise is very interesting, the 3rd party apps problem with every nokia phones are solved in this sole devise as demoed on a Blog in GSMarena, they showed how to port Android apps to this devise, the only downside is the absurd price tag. . .

13. GJanee

Posts: 214; Member since: Jun 29, 2011

lol this is a fake peter ;D

15. rex1213

Posts: 77; Member since: Jul 29, 2011

Lol. Yes it is pretty obvious. Note the spelling of Sweden on his username. :D

4. shymon unregistered

Harmattan UI on MeeGo is just awesome..! 8MP Carl Zeiss camera is the best ever

5. Igor unregistered

The only thing to mention is that Eldar Murtazin is not a Nokia insider but an infamous gabber.

6. saiki4116

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 31, 2011

this means dead on arrival

7. AhmadAlsayegh

Posts: 326; Member since: Jul 18, 2011

if only someone could port this operating system to other phones with similar specs!!

8. Bob unregistered

Meego may just turn out to be one of the best OSes ... Samsung & HTC can think of buying it off.

22. Stoli89

Posts: 333; Member since: Jun 28, 2010

Actually, this is Nokia Harmattan UI (Maemo 6); no moblin/intel influence whatsoever. It's called Meego under the joint development agreement...but it's really Maemo 6, which is a full Linux Distro. Yes, it's the last of its kind ito the OS...but developments are based on Qt...a rather ubiquitous development framework. A department at Nokia will continue to support it...along with a rather active and large open source / Qt community. As for the Swipe UI...I suspect this Nokia IP will find its way onto other devices using other platforms simply becasue it's intuitive and allows for a button-less face. Feedback on Nokia's swipe gesture UI have been excellent.

9. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

Way to go Nokia. . . Formula on how to kill N9 and promote WP7 powered Nokia Devises -------> Make it an absurdly expensive devise then ship it to limited markets. . .

23. Stoli89

Posts: 333; Member since: Jun 28, 2010

I suspect it went to certain markets to ensure the physical design is recognized by consumers and in the market (for IP reasons), whilst not confusing the near-term launch of Nokai WP products in other strategic markets. As for price...pre-order demand seems to be strong. As well, price usually drops off after a few months.

11. HTCiscool

Posts: 449; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

Meego back to Android :) I would love to own this but the fact it has an OMAP single core processor and the high price isn't justifying the extra memory.

12. WakaFlakaD

Posts: 575; Member since: Apr 30, 2011

I will rather get the unlocked iPhone 5 when its out. Spec will probably be better than the N9

14. Ouroboross unregistered

deja vu: ipod nano!

16. Mobile-X-Pert

Posts: 565; Member since: Dec 20, 2010

PeterIfromswedin is not the real Peter..somebody took over his name lol

17. henrickrw

Posts: 408; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

the story will prevail. huge hype but a complete failure due to lack of support same as webos. What makes it worse is the high price tag. i prefer my gs2

19. bluechrism

Posts: 99; Member since: Sep 09, 2011

Got both variants on pre-order at Expansys, though no pricing there yet, but if the prices above prove accurate, there is no way i can justify the 64GB one, and might stuggle to convice myself the 16GB one is worth it. Around $500 would be more reasonable.

20. Paxmoos unregistered

No MeeGo please.

21. Penny

Posts: 1844; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Guys, I don't care that the phone is more expensive than its dual-core competitors, it looks sexy. That curved, raised screen with no fixed navigation bar makes it look almost futuristic. Although I am a little turned off by the fact that it is a plastic body, not the metal body I was expecting from Nokia (at least according to the author of this article).

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