Nokia might have scrapped the N9, something else running MeeGo leaks out

Nokia might have scrapped the N9, something else running MeeGo leaks out
One Eldar Mutazin, who is often cited when Nokia prototypes leak out, has tweeted on Saturday that the Finns have ditched their plans for the Nokia N9, which was supposed to be something similar to the Nokia E7 (big screen, keyboard and all), but running MeeGo.

This contradicts with the alleged presentation of said Nokia N9 at the MWC Expo next month by CEO Stephen Elop himself. Still, it might make sense, if the hardware is now dated, considering the dual-core onslaught coming our way in 2011, but what about MeeGo, that elusive OS that Nokia wants to make the most user-friendly out of all?

A mysterious hardware has been leaked on one of the forums of Eldar's site, which looks like a tablet-y device, running MeeGo's multimedia player. A lot of speculation is currently swirling around it - from a test hardware platform (then why the bezel and screen protector?), through a MeeGo tablet, to the replacement of the Nokia N9. The screen looks rather large for a N9 replacement, which is rumored to have a 4.2" one at a maximum.

Besides, it seems like a totally different concept - a black slab with no keyboard - whereas the N9 is supposed to have a physical QWERTY, as well as the 12MP shooter of the Nokia N8, so we wouldn't speculate at this point. If the N9 is still on, we can't help but wonder what good will be the battery with an Atom chipset, powering MeeGo, and, if it is indeed with the big 12MP camera sensor of the N8, how much space there will be for a larger battery, and if that's the case how huge will this thing be, and so on.

For all it's worth, it seems that Nokia still hasn't entirely shaped up its next moves. The MWC Expo is fast approaching, so we will probably have some more info from our troops on the ground, when time comes.

source: Mobile-review forums via Engadget, Twitter

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1. Stoli89

Posts: 333; Member since: Jun 28, 2010

This tweet's timing looks more like a bit of stock manipulation than solid evidence to me. A test tab picture is now evidence that Nokia has scrapped its flagship? Seriously? I would prefer to get my Nokia news from someone who is not a person of interest in a Moscow police investigation into the theft of Nokia IP. Talk about conflicts of interest!

2. justrandompassingby unregistered

I don't know if it means anything but notice how he says n9-00 is cancelled ? I think ( just my opinion though ) , that they have scrapped the design with the qwerty keyboard (n9-00) as E7 is about to come out and it's essentially a qwerty smartphone as well and they will release a candybar version (n9-01) to try and compete with iphone and android phones . We'll just have to wait and see i guess ....

3. Libertasian

Posts: 14; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

you guys sure its not the WeTab with a nokia sticker on it?

4. thatdude1 unregistered

Why is anyone taking this quack Eldar seriously? This guy has done nothing but try to put Nokia down every chance he gets(much like the U.S. media, bloggers, ect.). Phonearena, please refrain from posting news from idiots. Use credible sources only.

5. tsamo

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 24, 2011

@Libertasian no i don't think so . But check this : Don't they seem like the same device ?

7. Libertasian

Posts: 14; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

yea but thats just a reference board to showoff the Handset UX for MeeGo. And even if it is a Nokia tablet they would not drop the N9 to focus on tablets, thats Intel's department.

6. GLA unregistered

Murtazin is obviously having a vendetta against Nokia. Read this: Did'nt he even claim the N8 camera was a bad one? I think gsmarena and the rest of the world has proven the oppsite. I certainly don't trust him anymore...

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