A Preview of the Nokia N9
The Nokia N9 has finally been announced, and it's not what we were expecting. In fact, the rumours couldn't have been more wrong - as the N9 forgoes the QWERTY keyboard of those so-called spy shots and arrives as the first-ever 'pure touch' smartphone.
The N9 lands running MeeGo 1.2 Harmattan OS, dressing its 3.9-inch curved AMOLED touchscreen, which runs to a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels (WVGA). Nokia hasn't included a dual-core processor, and it's instead powered by an ARM Cortex-A8 OMAP3630 1Ghz processor and 1GB RAM.
MeeGo brings with it a brand-new UI, which rather than sporting traditional homescreens for widgets and icons, brings a carousel of menus for applications, social networking and multitasking. It also delivers an innovative swipe gesture which replaces the usual front-facing keys, meaning you can jump back to the multitasking screen from anywhere on the handset.
The handset's iPod-style screens sits within the N9's unibody polycarbonate casing, which according to the Finns', "enables superior antenna performance over most other competitors' smartphones". Is that a dig at the Apple iPhone 4 and HTC Sensation maybe? Available in black, cyan and magenta, the glossy chassis also comes complete with Nokia's 'all the way through' colour treatment, meaning it's more resistant to scratches and tumbles.
On the rear of the N9 you'll find an 8 megapixel camera complete with Carl Zeiss optics, dual-LED flash, and a super wide 28mm lens which supposedly "works faster from start to capture than any other manufacturer's smartphone camera in the market". It's also capable of capturing 720p HD video, which you share via email, Facebook and NFC.
As if that wasn't enough to get excited about, the Nokia N9 also arrives equipped with an all-new WebKit browser, Nokia Maps with free voice-guided turn-by-turn navigation, and Dolby Digital Plus surround sound. There's also a bunch of pre-loaded apps onboard, including Skype, Twitter and Angry Birds Magic.
The handset's pricing and release date is still to be confirmed, but rumours are guessing it'll be landing "within the next month".
A full review will be published here once the phone has been released.
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