Now that Nokia has announced the N9, and the details are available, it's time to take a look at the new handset and see what it adds to the mix of smartphones. Nokia needs a solid device if they wanna stay in the game. Before we get too far: No. There is no release date other than sometime in 2011. No. Pricing has not been announced.
The N9 has a 1GHz TI OMAP Cortex A8 with 1GB of RAM. That's about where smartphones need to be these days, especially when competing for the market dominated by iOS and Android. Somehow, it's crazy to think that we are looking at this as a nice phone when back in our college days these specs would have sounded like a GREAT computer.
2) 3.9-inch AMOLED Screen
The capacitive display as 3.9 inches. That's slightly larger than the iPhone's 3.5-inch screen. It's said to be responsive and has a nice, curved Gorilla Glass glass front, which seems to be gaining popularity amongst some smartphone users.
3) 8MP Camera
Take that, iPhone 4. You and your wimpy 5MP. Actually, we did the iPhone 4 camera, but Nokia is going for a higher resolution with 8 megapixels. It's something we hear will be in the iPhone 5, so it seems 8MP is the new target for smartphone cameras.
4) No Front-facing Buttons
These days you almost don't need buttons. Nokia has finally learned that and applied it to their new phone. They have an all new interface that makes it possible for controls to be entirely touch-based Nokia's website plays up the swipe gestures.
5) MeeGo 1.2
The buttonless setup is made possible by the new operating system, MeeGo. Symbian is almost entirely a thing of the past, but small traces of it do remain in the icon design. This a one of the biggest changes that had to come to Nokia. Symbian was looking old and dated comapared to the rival mobile operating systems.
Typically, Near-Field Communication (NFC) is thought of as a technology that allows for mobile purchases. That's one use. Still, there are other uses, and this handset makes use of NFC to let users share content across two devices.
Is Nokia Coming Back?
Well, they're giving it a shot. It's going to be a long, upward fight for them. Two mobile operating systems pretty much run the show right now. RIM seems to be on their way out, so maybe Nokia can fill in some kind of gap. Then again, HP / Palm want the enterprise guys. Oh well, it's going to be interesting.