The Nokia N9 smartphone was announced today, running on Nokia’s new Meego operating system, and to be available in two storage sizes and three colours.
The Nokia N9 is made of polycarbonate, a unibody design, with a 3.9 inch, WVGA (854×480) AMOLED screen, made of curved Gorilla glass.
There are no front-facing buttons on the Nokia N9, the interface is all touchscreen. Swiping from the edge of the touchscreen in any app and you’re taken to the home screen. The Nokia N9’s home screen itself is split up into three screen scenarios:
Events – Facebook Wall posts, tweets, notifications, etc.
Applications – all apps
Open Applications – all open apps and recently used apps
The Nokia N9 includes access to free maps, downloadable over Wi-Fi, and including “Free turn-by-turn drive and walk navigation with voice guidance”, for over 90 countries.
See the Nokia N9 in action in this short video from Nokia:
The Nokia N9 is also NFC-enabled, NFC standing for Near Field Communication. At its most functional, NFC enables purchases via the wave of the device over a sensor. No payment system has yet been set up to have this function for the N9 in Australia. What it will do is to enable N9 owners to share photos, videos, contacts, etc. by tapping another NFC-enabled device.
For a look at what ‘could be’ with the Nokia N9 and NFC, watch this video from the WIMA conference in Monaco, held in April this year:
Screen: 3.9 inch curved glass AMOLED touchscreen display
Camera:: 8 megapixel auto focus camera with Carl Zeiss optics, dual LED flash and super wide 28mm lens; 2nd camera for video calls
Video: MPEG-4 SP 720p @ 30fps
Processor: ARM Cortex-A8 OMAP3630 1 Ghz, PowerVR SGX530
Battery: 1450 mAh
Talk time: GSM up to 11 hours; WCDMA up to 7 hours
Standby time: GSM up to 380 hours; WCDMA up to 450 hours
Video playback time: Up to 4.5 hours
Music playback time: Up to 50 hours
Maps: Free maps and walk & drive navigation, public transport routing
Connectivity: Bluetooth 2.1, GPS, A-GPS, WLAN 802.11abgn, NFC, 3.5mm AV connector, micro USB connector, USB charging
Storage: Two models, 16GB and 64GB
Colours: Black, cyan and magenta
Dimensions: 116.45 mm x 61.2 mm x 7.6–12.1 mm (H x W x D)
Weight: 135 grams
Nokia N9 price and release date
Unfortunately Nokia gave no real indication of pricing, release date or carriers. When pushed, a release time of “August” was mentioned by Nokia representatives, who also intimated that the Nokia N9 would be sold by multiple carriers.
The demonstration model at the press launch used Optus, so make of that what you will.
UPDATE: At launch in Australia the 16GB version of the Nokia N9 will be available in black and blue only, and in 64GB black only.
UPDATE – AUGUST 10, 2011: The Nokia N9 is to take an Australian ‘roadtrip’ for journalists next week, meaning that release is imminent, and that I’m able to have a look at the device.