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Nokia launches N9 in Middle East

Phone features Near Field Communications technology, new design

Nokia launches N9 in Middle East
The Nokia N9 has launched in the UAE. The phone features Near Field Communications.

Nokia has launched its new N9 smartphone in the Middle East; the phone introduces a new design, which includes a gesture operated home key.

"The Nokia N9, which will be available in select markets across the world, is perfectly suited for this region's high-tech and style conscious consumers who demand best-in-class products. With recent figures from Gartner revealing that Nokia smartphones continue to be market leaders in MEA, claiming 41.9% of the category market, consumers in the region clearly value and trust Nokia products. Addressing this clear preference, Nokia has selected MEA as one of the first markets to launch the N9, continuing our commitment to meet customer demands for products that excel in performance and enhance their social standing," said Alessandro Lamanna, Nokia's vice president of Sales, Middle East and Africa.

The home key is designed to take users to the home screen when they swipe from the edge of the display. The N9 also features three home views of the user interface, designed to give fast access to the most important things users need: apps, notifications and social networks, and switching between activities.

"Innovation is at the heart of our strategy and with the N9, we wanted to design a better way to use a phone so we reinvented the home key with a simple gesture: a swipe from the edge of the screen. The positive consumer feedback we've received on the Nokia N9 from across the region is very exciting and sends a strong message about Nokia and its new challenger mindset, strategy and direction. Hand in hand to design is the look and feel, and we are certain the Nokia N9 will both surprise and enthral style conscious users," said Nokia global head of Design, Marko Ahtisaari.

The body of the N9 is precision-machined from a single piece of polycarbonate and features a curved, laminated deep black display. The Nokia N9 also packs the latest in camera, navigation and audio technology for a great all-round experience.

The phone features a 3.9-inch AMOLED screen made from scratch-resistant curved glass and the polycarbonate body enables better antenna performance.

The N9 has an 8-megapixel Carl Zeiss autofocus sensor, wide-angle lens, HD-quality video capture and a large lens aperture to enable good camera performance even in low lighting conditions.

The Nokia N9 features turn-by-turn drive and walk navigation with voice guidance in Maps, plus a new dedicated Drive app, designed to help you navigate in your car.

Users can watch videos in true 16:9 widescreen format and the N9 has Dolby Digital Plus decoding and Dolby Headphone post-processing technology.

The smartphone has Near Field Communication (NFC) wireless technology, designed to allow users to easily share images and videos between devices by touching them together.

The phone can also be paired with Bluetooth accessories like the new NFC-enabled Nokia Play 360° wireless music speaker.

The phone will be available in three colours - black, cyan, and magenta and is scheduled to be in stores in early October.

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