Nokia N9 - MeeGo Harmattan device

Published by Rafe Blandford, David Gilson at 5:44 UTC, June 21st 2011

Today in Singapore, at the Nokia Connection event, Nokia announced the Nokia N9. Key hardware features include 3.9 inch touchscreen (854 x 480), penta-band 3G, comprehensive connectivity (WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC, USB), up to 64 GB of internal memory and 8 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss Tessar optics. The device is housed in a single piece polycarbonate body with seamless curved glass screen.

The Nokia N9 runs on MeeGo 1.2 Harmattan (MeeGo for Nokia N9). The UI features three home views (events, applications and open apps) with the primary control being a single swipe gesture. The N9, which is a Qt enabled device, will ship with a range of services and applications including Nokia Maps, an HTML enabled (Webkit2) based browser and Skype, Twitter and Facebook integration. Nokia will be announcing a release date and pricing in due course.


Nokia N9

Key hardware features

  • ARM Cortex A8 OMAP 3630 1GHz PowerVR SGX530 CPU
     
  • Size: 116.45 x 61.2 x 7.6-12.1 mm; Weight: 135g; Volume 76 cc
      
  • 3.9 inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, with a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels (16:9 FWVGA). 2.5D curved glass (scratch resistant Corning Gorilla glass), with anti-glare polariser.
      
  • Orientation (accelerometer), compass (magnetometer), proximity, ambient light and location (A-GPS) sensors
      
  • Penta-band WCDMA (3G) and quad-band GSM cellular connectivity
      
  • WiFi a/b/g connectivity
      
  • NFC (Near Field Communication) for easy sharing and pairing
      
  • Bluetooth 2.1 (EDR), profiles include FTP, OPP, HSP, HFP, A2DP, AVRCP)
      
  • microUSB connector for charging and PC connectivity
      
  • 3.5 mm AV connector
      
  • Use Micro SIM card
       
  • 1 GB RAM
      
  • Internal memory: 16 GB or 64 GB
      
  • 8 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss Tessar optics with dual LED flash; camera has a wide angle lens with a F2.2 aperture (focal length 2.77mm / 28 mm). Video capture at 720p resolution and 30 frames per second with continuous auto focus and stereo sound recording.

  • Materials: made from a single piece of polycarbonate with inherent colour (so if it scratches colour is no effected), curved glass that fits in seamlessly with polycarbonate shell.
      
  • Available in cyan, magenta and black colour variants 

 

Key software features 

  • MeeGo for Nokia N9 (MeeGo 1.2 Harmattan)
      
  • User interface simplified to three home views: events (notifications from system and social networks), applications (lauch and organise apps) and open apps (running applications).
      
  • Apps compliant with Qt 4.7
      
  • HTML 5 support, with browser based on Webkit 2 technology
      
  • POP3, IMAP and Exchange mail services supported; including push email, homescreen notifications, multiple account support and attachment viewing for Microsoft Office, PDF and Open Office formats.
      
  • Facebook, Skype, Gtalk and SIP services support
      
  • Software updates over the air
      
  • Audio formats: AAC, eAAC, eAAC+, MP2, MP3, WMA, FLAC
      
  • Video formats: H.263 (M-PEG-4 and ASP), H.264 (BP/MP), WMV9 and Mkv (Matroska)
      
  • Key applications include: Facebook, Twitter, Skype, Joikuspot Wi-Fi tethering, Accuweather, AP Weather, Swype, Track and Protect, Galaxy on Fire 2, Real Golf, Angry Birds Magic, Mail, Video player, Drive, Feeds, Search, Calculator, Calendar, Contacts, Music player, Web browser, Messaging, Photos. Photo editor, Ovi Store and Maps.
      
  • Nokia Link for PC and Mac, which allows synchronisation of photos, music and video.

Nokia N9 views

Marko Ahtisaari, Nokia's head of Design, said:

"With the Nokia N9, we wanted to design a better way to use a phone. To do this we innovated in the design of the hardware and software together. We reinvented the home key with a simple gesture: a swipe from the edge of the screen. The experience sets a new bar for how natural technology can feel., And this is just the beginning. The details that make the Nokia N9 unique - the industrial design, the all-screen user experience, and the expressive Qt framework for developers - will evolve in future Nokia products."

 

Nokia N9 introduction video


 

Nokia N9 Gallery

 

We'll be bringing you more content through out the day - stay tuned and watch for updates.
   

Rafe Blandford and David Gilson for All About MeeGo, 21st June 2011

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