Things have been awfully quiet around Nokia for the past few months. But when you least expect it, Nokia comes through with the official announcement of a new smartphone: the Nokia N9.
Nokia seems to be moving away from Symbian a little bit (but not completely, because Symbian ‘Anna’ is in the works).
Nokia has been moving towards Windows Phone as of late, but the Nokia N9 is still going to be a MeeGo phone. What makes the N9 stand out from the rest, is that it will no longer support a physical menu button. It is touch screen only.
Nokia N9 Specifications
According to the official N9 data sheet, the specifications are as follows:
- 116 x 61 x 7.6-21.1 mm
- 135 gram
- 76 cc volume
- 16GB to 64GB storage capacity
- 16:9 8 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss
- video recording with stereo audio at 720p and 30fps
- 3.9” screen size
- 854 x 480 pixel resolution
- AMOLED display technology
- 16.7 million colors
- capacitive touch screen
- curved glass
- Gorilla glass (scratch resistant and anti glare polarized)
- accelerometer (orientation sensor)
- magnetometer (compass)
- proximity sensor
- ambient light detection
- supports NFC (Google Wallet compatible)
- wifi N
- quad band GSM/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900
- penta band WCDMA 850/900/1700/1900/2100
- automatic WCDMA / GSM band switching
- flight mode
The Nokia N9 will come with the games Angry Birds Magic, Galaxy on Fire 2 and Real Golf 2011.
The Angry Birds Magic game will be able to work with the Nokia N9’s NFC support.
Angry Birds used to be a single player game. However, thanks to NFC support.
Angry Bird Magic players worldwide will be able to hold up phones to each other and have interaction. An example Angry Birds Magic NFC usage is the unlocking of locked levels.
More information can be found at Nokia’s Swipe site.
Nokia Sea Ray Images Leaked
Next to Nokia’s own official N9 announcement, there has also been an image leak of yet another phone that Nokia is working on. This model is called the Sea Ray and it is a Windows Phone. It is similar to the N9, but still not quite the same.
In the demonstration video, Elop shows a phone of which the design is very similar to that of the N9: square and curved at the same time. A camera button has been added. This comes as no surprise, because Microsoft demands this for all its Windows Phones.
According to Technet.hu, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop has shown this model during a meeting that was for employees only. One employee has filmed the demonstration, despite the fact that Elop had requested him not to. The video and the screenshots thereof naturally appeared on the web a little later.
It is possible that this is a controlled leak. You’d think Elop would have noticed a couple of guys (the video switches camera at 0:34) filming him while he was that clearly in sight of the camera. We’ll never know for sure.
In February, Nokia let it be known that it will start phasing out Symbian phones in order to make place for Windows Phone instead. Nokia’s first Windows Phone devices will start hitting the shelves before the end of the year.