Nokia unveils buttonless MeeGo-based N9 smartphone

Nokia finally unveils its first smart phone using the operating system with the Nokia N9 MeeGo, waited a long time. The Nokia N9 also known as Lankku belongs to the N-Series family.

Stephen Elop, CEO of the group, evidenced today by announcing Nokia N9 at Nokia Connection (code name Lankku), the first smartphone MeeGo 1.2 Harmattan and positioning itself on the high end. This is a terminal with a touch AMOLED display 3.9-inch resolution 854 x 480 pixels (resistant glass and Gorilla), which contrary to rumors, does not have a sliding keyboard.

It measure in size 116 x 61 x 7.6 (for the thinnest part) to 12.1 mm (the side of the photo sensor) for only 135 grams, the Nokia N9 embeds WiFi wireless connectivity, Bluetooth 2.1, GPS and NFC .

It supports 14.4 Mbps HSPA / HSUPA 5.72 Mbps and loads 16 to 64 GB of storage space. Inside, there is a TI OMAP3630 processor 1 GHz (ARM Cortex-A8) with SGX530 PowerVR graphics processor, combined with 1GB of RAM, which probably sign a design that took a while to find the path of marketing.

On the back, there is an 8 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics and high performance wide angle lens with f/2.2 aperture which should allow to make clean shots even when light conditions are not ideal, but still have to a dual LED flash. The pictures can then be shared through the function NFC. In front, there is also a camera for video conferencing.

The Nokia N9 is also distinguished by its colored polycarbonate shell in one piece and around the AMOLED screen which is slightly curved and can usher in a gestural touch called “swipe” where you touch the screen from side to side to access content.

MeeGo interface has three home screens each with their own theme applications, open applications and events (contacts, media and events on one screen) and embeds the icon set released with Symbian Anna.

Finally, the Web browser uses the engine Webkit2, lets you view multiple web pages and supports the HTML5 sites for rich web applications. As often with Nokia, autonomy is not left up to 11 hours GSM talk time and 7 hours 3G talk time or 50 hours of continuous audio playback.

The Nokia N9 also embeds the different services of Nokia (Ovi Store, Ovi Music, Ovi Maps) and includes some social networking applications like Facebook or Twitter. The Nokia N9 is scheduled to be in stores later this year, with availability and local pricing to be announced closer to the sales start.

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