nokia n9Nokia today announced the N9 Meego based handset, to little fanfair, and even less applause. The N9 “introduces an innovative new design” whereby the device is one large screen and there is not a single button in site, which is indeed new for Nokia, but definitely not the “market disrupting device” they claimed it would be.

For a start it runs Meego, which is an open source mobile operating system project first announced in February 2010 by Intel and Nokia however as a 4th/5th mobile OS choice it has struggled to gain much traction, and with Nokia committed to going the Windows Phone 7 route, probably as soon as the last quarter this year, I don’t see that changing much.

The lack of buttons on the front, specifically the home key, has been replaced by a “”Swipe” gesture from the edge of the screen, and although there are some bundled Apps like Twitter, Skype and Facebook, Nokia says more are available from the Ovi Store, but again, how long will this be available?

The main problem though is the lack of availability schedule, or prices. Nokia state the N9 is “scheduled to be in stores later this year” which for a company that needs to encourage people to buy its handsets, and not simply wait for the new generation of Windows Phones, is about as vague as you can get.

nokia n9 swipeThe Nokia specs are listed as:

  • 3.9” AMOLED screen (854 x 480)
  • ARM Cortex-A8 OMAP3630 1Ghz processor
  • Rear 8MP Carl Zeiss camera with dual LED flash
  • Meego OS 1.2
  • 1GB RAM and 16-64GB storage
  • 116mm x 61mm 7.6-21.1mm (not sure why the variation is here?)
  • 135g weight
  • BT2.1, GPS, A-GPS, WiFi a/b/g/n, NFC
  • 1452 mAh battery

The N9 will be available in three colours – black, cyan, and magenta. Do you care?