Nokia’s N9 may have leaked this morning, but the Finnish phone giant has officially unveiled the handset today. Running MeeGo, Nokia are promoting the all-touch elements of the phone while the world waits for its first Windows Phone 7 device.
As with any phone, there’s the hardware and the software components of the device. Hardware wise, the N9 is truly impressive. With a GorillaGlass 3.9-inch AMOLED screen taking up the entire front of the phone, the only buttons on the device are the volume and unlock bottons on the side. An 8MP camera with Carl Zeiss optics and 720p video recording. It has a 1450mAh battery, and Dolby Digital Plus audio decoding. The handset will come in 16GB and 64GB flavours, but without MicroSD slots.
The phone also has NFC, but it’s not for payments – it’s for pairing and sharing with things like Bluetooth headphones.
As for MeeGo, it looks like a cross between iOS and Android, but perhaps not as strong as either. It consists of three home screens, with one for apps, another for notifications and another for running apps, You can scroll through each screen using the touchscreen.
The N9 is set to launch Q3 with carriers. There’s no further details at the moment, but the phone does have a pentaband chip, so it will work on all Australian networks.