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Nokia N9 now shipping with a daring price tag

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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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posted on 27 Sep 2011, 03:29

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.

posted on 27 Sep 2011, 03:35 2

2. ivanko34 (Posts: 617; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)

nice phone

posted on 27 Sep 2011, 19:49

24. bolaG (Posts: 468; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)

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

posted on 27 Sep 2011, 04:51 1

10. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 813; Member since: 21 Aug 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. . .

posted on 27 Sep 2011, 05:19 1

13. GJanee (Posts: 214; Member since: 29 Jun 2011)

lol this is a fake peter ;D

posted on 27 Sep 2011, 06:40 1

15. rex1213 (Posts: 77; Member since: 29 Jul 2011)

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

posted on 27 Sep 2011, 04:05 1

4. shymon (unregistered)

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

posted on 27 Sep 2011, 04:29 1

5. Igor (unregistered)

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

posted on 27 Sep 2011, 04:40

6. saiki4116 (Posts: 404; Member since: 31 Mar 2011)

this means
dead on arrival

posted on 27 Sep 2011, 04:42 1

7. AhmadAlsayegh (Posts: 310; Member since: 18 Jul 2011)

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

posted on 27 Sep 2011, 04:43 1

8. Bob (unregistered)

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

posted on 27 Sep 2011, 12:29

22. Stoli89 (Posts: 333; Member since: 28 Jun 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.

posted on 27 Sep 2011, 04:47 2

9. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 813; Member since: 21 Aug 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. . .

posted on 27 Sep 2011, 12:33 1

23. Stoli89 (Posts: 333; Member since: 28 Jun 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.

posted on 27 Sep 2011, 05:05

11. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 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.

posted on 27 Sep 2011, 05:13

12. WakaFlakaD (Posts: 526; Member since: 30 Apr 2011)

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

posted on 27 Sep 2011, 05:28

14. Ouroboross (unregistered)

deja vu: ipod nano!

posted on 27 Sep 2011, 06:45

16. Mobile-X-Pert (Posts: 565; Member since: 20 Dec 2010)

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

posted on 27 Sep 2011, 08:23

17. henrickrw (Posts: 408; Member since: 16 Sep 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

posted on 27 Sep 2011, 09:42

19. bluechrism (Posts: 99; Member since: 09 Sep 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.

posted on 27 Sep 2011, 09:54

20. Paxmoos (unregistered)

No MeeGo please.

posted on 27 Sep 2011, 12:23

21. Penny (Posts: 1670; Member since: 04 Feb 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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