Nokia Releases N9 With Specifications

by on June 23rd, 2011

During the Nokia Connection 2011 event in Singapore, the Finnish company has unveiled the N9, the first smartphone in the world to run on MeeGo, a mobile version of Linux. According to Nokia, this new creation will be based around what they see as essential components: an intuitive interface, unique design and robust platform.

With the unveiling, Nokia also released the N9’s technical specifications:

1. Screen – Powered by AMOLED technology and protected by Gorilla Glass, the 3.9 inch with 480×854 resolution makes the N9 easier to handle as well as pocket, unlike the Samsung Galaxy S II. Great thought was put into its polycarbonate design, ensuring scratches and other signs of wear and tear will not be noticed. Moreover, in true Nokia fashion, the N9 will come in a variety of color styles.

2. Hardware capability – With its ARM A8 1 GHz single core processor, 1 GB of RAM, PowerVR SGX530 GPU and a choice of either 16 or 64 GB capacity, the N9 is by no means brilliant. In an age where smartphones are already enjoying dual-core processors and are due to have even higher frequencies, to mass produce for next year a phone that technically is already one year behind seems a rather poorly made decision.

3. Operating system – As mentioned before, the N9 uses MeeGo 1.2. Both in marketing advertisements as well as technical demos, Nokia pushes the idea of “swiping”, a similar technique to that of the BlackBerry PlayBook. Here, on the N9, the user can swipe between 3 active screens: home, notifications and active applications.

A problem for this upcoming smartphone will be its app library and its compatibility with other phones. Nokia can’t seem to make up its mind, using S40, Symbian S^3, MeeGo and Windows Phone 7 soon. Unlike Apple or Android’s steady choice of operating systems, Nokia seems all over the place and will suffer for it.

While MeeGo helps speed up internet browsing, its single core will always pull it back from being flawless.

4. Conectivity – The device supports 3G  at 14.4 Mbps and is  Wi-Fi 802.11a, b, g and n certified, and also has a 3.5 mm audio jack as well as GPS support. Unfortunately, unlike the N8, this model does not have an HDMI port, which might turn away some users. In keeping with the technological fashion, the N9 has also introduced the removable SIM card,  a common but useful feature, being able to change sim cards on the fly, without having to restart the device, as well as NFC support.

5. Video and photo camera – As always expected from Nokia, the 8 megapixel Carl Zeiss camera is nothing to be sneezed at, complete with an LED flash, autofocus and a basic video and photo editing software.

6. Autonomy – Coming in with a reasonable 1450 mAh (BV-5JW) 12.1 width and 135 gram in weight, the N9 will supposedly last for up to 7 hours 3G talk time, but this may well change by the time it reaches the retailers.

All in all, while it is relatively powerful and interesting, with some additions that might increase its chances against Apple, Google or Blackberry, the N9 would have been a great product to release in 2010, perhaps even the one to keep Nokia amongst those giants. Alas, it is not the case, and with MeeGo’s uncertain future thrown in the mix, it’s hard to believe Nokia’s prized prodigy will live up to its expectations in the year to come.