Yesterday Nokia announced the new Nokia N9. In the process, they concentrated on the features and capabilities of the device, without going into a lot of detail of the underlying OS (Harmattan, which is a variant of), or the types of apps the device will support (mainly Qt). However, as a very striking device with no home button (you access the homescreen via a swipe pattern), this has the capability to be a popular device later this year when it’s released. With Nokia’s recent statement of shortening the time between announcement and release, all I can say for definite is that it will be out this calendar year, which is still a great improvement on previous announcements.
The device has some very good (even if not the absolute highest) specs:
- 3.9-inch AMOLED screen (854 x 480)
- 16GB or 64GB of storage, 1GB of RAM
- Polycarbonate shell that’s coloured all the way through the material
- 1 Ghz processor
- Quad band GSM and Penta band WCDMA (3G)
- Bluetooth 2.1, NFC, and GPS
- 8 megapixel which can capture 16:9 720p video recording
- 116.45 x 61.2 x 12.1mm and weighs 135 grams
The introduction of NFC is also interesting; although the hardware may support NFC payments in the future, there is no software support for that right now; in fact, Nokia is rolling out NFC within a range of accessories too allowing you to perform Bluetooth pairing of two devices by placing them close together and NFC will sort out the pairing. This is a nice use of technology to improve the user experience.
More information on pricing and availability on UK networks later in the year when it’s released.