Nokia N9 makes a splash

Nokia is exhibiting an extensive range at this year’s GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK, including the regional launch of the new Nokia N9, which is simultaneously available to consumers for the first time at this year’s Gitex Shopper.

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Nokia N9 makes a splash Tom Farrell says the Nokia N9 has made a big impression this week.
By  ITP.net Staff Writer Published  October 11, 2011

Nokia is exhibiting an extensive range at this year’s GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK, including the regional launch of the new Nokia N9, which is simultaneously available to consumers for the first time at this year’s Gitex Shopper.

The body of the phone is incredibly sleek, thanks to a technologically complex ‘one pour’ manufacturing process while the glass touch screen is slightly curved to better respond to typical thumb movements.

Under the hood, the new phone employs a cyclical rolling rota of screens, meaning users scroll sideways from one screen to another to find their required activity and doing away with the need for a ‘back button’.

According to Lower Gulf GM Tom Farrell, the new phone should also pave the way for wider adoption of near field communication (NFC) among consumers: “NFC is similar to Bluetooth, but with more applications,” he explains.

“It’s an industry standard, not specific to our products that allows users to swipe, for example, a business card or another phone and transfer all those details onto their own device. It can also be used in advertisements or posters, so a user could swipe a poster for an app like angry birds and receive new bonus levels.”

Farrell admits that Nokia has had a hallenging couple of years in business, but notes that the company remains the regional leader in the smartphone market, with around 43.5% market share.

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