It has probably been well over a year that information leaked out that Nokia was planning to release a next gen phone to compete with Apple and Android phones. The previous attempts with the Symbian operating systems proved to be quite futile, and the probably didn’t even scratch their competitors. The Nokia N9 is Nokia’s latest attempt to try to regain back the lost market share.
The N9 is an entirely button-less handset (with the exception of a volume rocker and camera shutter button), and is a 3.9-inch sheet of 854 x 480 AMOLED screen. On the back, that polycarbonate shell is colored all the way through so you don’t have to worry so much about those ugly scratches.
Nokia’s new MeeGo-powered handset runs an OMAP 3630 1GHz processor and comes with 16GB or 64GB of internal memory and 1GB of RAM. The phone’s 8-megapixel autofocus camera is capable of wide-angle shots, and aperture of F2.2 for high-quality low-light performance, along with the ability to capture video in 720p. The N9 also comes with a quad-band GSM radio, a penta-band WCDMA radio, along with NFC, GPS, and Bluetooth 2.1.
As far as hardware is concerned, the Nokia N9 measures in at 116.45mm x 61.2mm x 7.6-12.1mm and weighs in at 135g. Battery life is said to last 50 hours listening to music, 4.5 hours watching 720p video, or between seven and 11 hours of chit chat. The phone comes in three color flavors, including black, cyan and magenta, and will come with an ambient light sensor, compass, orientation sensor, a micro SIM slot, and tethering support.
Along with Angry Birds Magic, Galaxy on Fire 2, Real Golf 2011, and OpenGL ES 2.0, the Nokia N9 also comes loaded with a Maps app, which will offer free turn-by-turn drive and walk navigation along with voice guidance if you happen to be driving. Other software specs include a Webkit2-based browser which features pinch-to-zoom support, and a unified center for Facebook notifications. Status updates and other profiles will show up in phone contacts, and the Events view will bring up Twitter and RSS feeds.
Pricing and availability are not yet available but you can be sure we’ll be keeping a close watch on this one.