Nokia’s next high-end model is going to have a design that eschews virtually all buttons in favor of a 3.9-inch AMOLED display that takes up nearly its entire front. The smartphone will run the MeeGo OS, and include an 8 megapixel camera.
The N9 will be something of an orphan even before it launches — Nokia has already announced that it’s switching from using MeeGo on its high-end smartphones to Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system. However, the company is still launching products with the previous OS that were well along in the development process, such as this one.
Nokia has done its best to make sure there’s some interest in this model, orphan or not, by trying to shake things up a bit. Unlike all its competitors, the N9 won’t have a single button on its front. There will be no Home button, no Back button, nothing. Instead, users will swipe their finger across the display to go back to the home screens. This is intended to leave more room for the 480 x 854 pixel touchscreen.
A New User Interface
The new user interface on this smartphone will feature three homescreens: one that shows all software installed on the device, a second for listing currently running apps, and the third will display emails, text messages, and social-networking posts. MeeGo 1.2 will bring with it a collection of the software users have become accustomed to on high-end handsets, like a web browser and Nokia Maps (a free turn-by-turn navigation app).
In addition to 3G (HSPA), Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, the N9 is going to include NFC (Near Field Communications) for transferring files between devices at very close range. A hotspot app will also allow the handset to share its Internet connection with other computers.
Nokia is known for its high-quality cameras, and this model’s will sport an 8-megapixel Carl Zeiss auto-focus sensor, wide-angle lens, dual-LED flash, 720p video capture, and large lens aperture. Rounding out the feature list will be a 1GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, microSD memory card slot, and a 1450aAh battery. This smartphone will come in three casing colors: back, blue, and magenta.
The Nokia N9 will come in either 16GB or 32GB versions, but the pricing for these has not yet been revealed. A launch date is also unknown — Nokia will only say “later this year”.