Nokia’s N9 smartphone running MeeGo operating system will have a 4-inch, 480 x 854 pixel display powered by an Intel 1.6GHz processor.
Not only this, Nokia N9 will be enabled with near field communication for mobile payments, apart from a host of connectivity, imaging and other features, according to German news website Nokiaport.de. The N9 weighs 160 grams and will be available in black, blue and silver colors. The phone is expected to be revealed at MWC 2011 later this month.
MeeGo is the second open source platform for hand-held devices from Nokia, this time developed in collaboration with Intel. Nokia’s first open source smartphone OS, Symbian, has always been the most popular smartphone OS until the 2010 holiday season, during which time Google’s Android OS overtook Symbian by a few percentage points to become the most popular smartphone OS with 33 percent market share.
Nokia’s MeeGo smartphone is expected to help improve the company’s sales, which since Nokia is the most popular phone brand in the world, are pretty good anyway.
The N9’s Intel processor is an exceptionally powerful one. If processor clockspeed is any indication of real processing speed, Nokia N9 clocked at 1.6GHz will be faster than the 1.2GHz Motorola Xoom tablet that uses an Nvidia Tegra 2 processor.
Nokia N9’s Intel processor has access to 1GB of system RAM; a 200MHz graphics processor with 512MB of RAM; a Broadcom BCM4751 GPS chip; PN544 NFC controller; Infineon XMM 6260 3G modem capable of 21Mbps on HSPA+ networks, and a Texas Instruments WiLink 6.0 WL1271 chip which supports 802.11N Wi-fi and Bluetooth. The phone also has an HDMI output for viewing content on a TV screen.
The above specifications describe a phone of exceptional power and usability, and MeeGo too seems promising, but there’s one potential problem for the platform going forward – that MeeGo might be restricted to being bundled with Intel’s processors.
The chipmaker is currently calculating how much money it’s lost because of a shipment of bad Sandy Bridge processors. Latest estimates peg the figure at $1 billion. Analysts shrug off the matter – it is all in the day’s work, they say; but Samsung, HP and other manufactures who were deploying Sandy Bridge processors in their laptops have had to disappoint a lot of customers while other makes have had to postpone the launch of their products, which in a highly competitive market could have long term effects.
Nokia’s N9, meanwhile, has enough power to support much more than a smartphone, and this is what it is expected to do. According to tech blog Slashgear.com, the N9 will connect to a USB keyboard and mouse via a four port USB hub. Perhaps an external monitor, such as a TV, in addition to a keyboard will mean that the smartphone can be used as a reasonable well equipped computer.
The N9 will have its own QWERTY keypad and will accept multitouch inputs. The phone has a proximity sensor, accelerometer, and handwriting recognition technology which indicates that it will support an electronic stylus. It has an unprecedented 64GB of internal memory, expandable by a further 32GB.
Nokia N9 also has a 5-megapixel camera capable of capturing 720p video. It has state of the art voice recognition and Nokia Ovi Maps support as well. The phone uses both 2G and 3G networks.
With such rich features, the phone will surely cost a bomb. Anyway, we are salivating over our keyboards right now. Let us know if Nokia N9 has got you excited as well!