Nokia N9 MeeGo device looks slick, but does anyone even care?

Summary:The Nokia N9 was announced and it looks like a slick device. However, can Nokia really afford to have four operating systems to support?

Last week Nokia sent out some invites for an announcement of a market disrupting device and tonight we see they announced the Nokia N9 MeeGo device. While the hardware will likely be as solid as other high end Nokia devices and the operating system looks slick I don't see anything knocking the socks off of iOS, Android, or Windows Phone 7 and without an ecosystem this will likely just be another hobby phone like the Nokia N900.

I am a Nokia fan, but am having trouble getting too excited when Nokia states it is scheduled to be in stores later this year and has no pricing information. We also have no idea if this will ever be released in the U.S. and a time frame like this means that there will be new Android, iOS, and even Nokia Windows Phone devices coming out with thousands of applications, ecosystems to support media, and carrier support.

The specifications include the following:

  • 1 GHz Arm Cortex A8 OMAP3630 processor
  • MeeGo 1.2 Harmattan operating system
  • Penta-band 3G radio (Yeah Nokia, why can't anyone else do this?) at just 14.4 Mbps
  • 8 megapixel Carl Zeiss camera with dual LED flash
  • Front facing camera for video calls
  • 3.9 inch AMOLED display at 854x480 pixel resolution
  • NFC chip
  • Bluetooth 2.1
  • 802.11 b/g/n WiFi
  • A-GPS
  • 1450 mAh battery
  • Dimenions of 116.45 x 61.2 x 7.6 mm and 135 grams

It looks to have specs matching current devices, except for the processor and slower wireless cellular radio and in six months won't stand out in the crowd at all. There are no buttons and everything is controlled by the touchscreen interface. The N9 will come in Magenta, Cyan, and Black and the design does look beautiful with the curved Gorilla glass.

Check out some Nokia N9 resource sites for more information:

Topics: Mobility, Apple, Mobile OS, Networking, Nokia, Wi-Fi

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Matthew Miller started using a mobile devices in 1997 and has been writing news, reviews, and opinion pieces ever since. He is a co-host with GigaOM's Kevin Tofel on the MobileTechRoundup podcast and an author of three Wiley Companion series books. Matthew started using mobile devices with a US Robotics Pilot 1000 and has owned over 200 d... Full Bio

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