Nokia announces MeeGo powered N9

The device supports Near Field Communication and will be preloaded with maps and turn by turn navigation

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Nokia announces MeeGo powered N9 The N9 features a 3.9-inch AMOLED screen and should be available by the end of the year
By  Clayton Vallabhan Published  June 22, 2011

Nokia has announced a new full touchscreen smartphone that runs on the MeeGo platform. The N9 has a 3.9-inch AMOLED screen with an 854 x 450 pixel resolution.

The case is made from a single piece of polycarbonate that flows into glass. The N9 has no front facing buttons at all. Instead, to go to the home screen, for example, you have to perform a swipe gesture from the edge of the screen.

Marko Ahtisaari, Head of Design at Nokia had this to say, "We innovated in the design of the hardware and software together. We reinvented the home key with a simple gesture: a swipe from the edge of the screen. The experience sets a new bar for how natural technology can feel. The details that make the Nokia N9 unique - the industrial design, the all-screen user experience, and the expressive Qt framework for developers - will evolve in future Nokia products."

The N9 has an OMAP 3630 1GHz processor with PowerVR SGX530 graphics, a front facing camera for video conferencing and a rear 8-megapixel Carl Zeiss wide angle lens camera that can shoot video in 720p. It will also have free turn-by-turn navigation, Near Field Communication (NFC) compatibility, Bluetooth and 802.11n WiFi. The device will be available in two variants, 16GB and 64GB. It will also come in three colours, black, cyan and magenta.

There is no word on pricing and availability, though Nokia mentioned the N9 would be in stores later this year.

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