Leaked Nokia N9 looks beautiful, too bad it will run MeeGo

Is this the Nokia N9?

Our friends over at Pocket-Now has received some leaked shots of what should turn out to the be the Nokia N9 and these devices look pretty darn slick but it’s a shame that these will probably be running MeeGo.

We expect the Nokia N9 to be announced tomorrow very soon (it’s being announced in Singapore on Tuesday), as the company said it will unveil a “market disrupting device.” Previous leaks of the device showed a slide-out keyboard that kind of resembled a MacBook but the press shots below clearly indicate a full touch slate device.

Is this the Nokia N9?

The Nokia N9 should be just as slick as the other full touch devices out there but it could be DOA because it’s expected to run MeeGo. MeeGo was the joint platform of Nokia and Intel but Nokia then decided it wasn’t worth pursuing, so it chose to use Windows Phone as its platform of choice moving forward.

Because of that, Nokia N9 owners shouldn’t be expecting much in terms of support. The world’s largest handset maker said that it will use the platform as an experiment in user interface and more but I don’t know how much consumers want to be experimented on. If nothing else, this will become a collector’s item. We’ve also heard reports that the company will only be making 92,000 units of this, so it will be quite a rare device.

There is a case to be made for MeeGo but I don’t think it will be with the Nokia N9. Intel will definitely continue to fund and push this platform but until a major handset maker jumps on board, I doubt it will be receiving much app support.

Any of you excited about this device? Any of you out there really believe that MeeGo will become a force that can compete with iOS, Android and Windows Phone?

[Via TheNokiaBlog]

  • Anonymous

    You can’t disrupt a market with a sub 100k volume device.

    I hope it’s a nice fone for Harmattan geeks. They’ve been patiently waiting for one for over a year now.

    If not, then Nokia loses the last remaining loyal geeks they have as customers. Symbian users like myself are mostly already on Android or moving onto something else.

    • Anonymous

      Rumor is from Eldar who did not even know there was qwertyless MeeGo phone from Nokia so i wouldn’t give much thought to that.
      This phone wont even run MeeGo but Maemo based Harmattan that’s compatible with MeeGo. UI wont look anything like on MeeGo vanilla UX.

      If Nokia gets million customers for this future platform i’m sure they are more than happy.

      • Anonymous

        Hadn’t heard the Harmattan part. Thanks for the info. 

      • Anonymous

        Hadn’t heard the Harmattan part. Thanks for the info. 

      • Anonymous

        LOL! Good luck with that million number. They aren’t even making a quarter million of these phones. So please explain how they’re going to see a million? There’s not a million people that want Meego. That’s been Nokia’s biggest problem. Nobody wanted Symbian and Meego, and they’ve been around for a long time.

        • http://twitter.com/PeterAzP PeterAzP

          I don’t think it’s the actual OS that they don’t want, nobody wants Nokias (Symbians especially) crappy UI design. I’m not saying it needs (needed?) more BlingBling, it just needs to be rethought and made more effective. Bling makes the phone slower, I want it fast but very usable.

          And I was a Symbian middle-layer programmer for 3 years, and didn’t even like to use the phone myself. The UI was just too crappy.

  • robk71

    Looks very pretty but it’s not the high end qwerty slider that Nokia know we have all been waiting for.

    • http://twitter.com/mistercarter7 Mike Gonzalez

      if the software keyboard is nice like on iOS, i dont mind not having a slider keyboard

      • robk71

        Looks like software keyboards are what most people want these days. I just like having a hardware keyboard with a nice big screen to see what I’m typing.
        I guess I was hoping Nokia would take all the good bits of the N8 and E7 and blend them into the ultimate superphone, producing an alternative to the mainstream Google Android clones. 

  • http://twitter.com/UgglyUI UgglyUI

    ANDROID please!!!!

    • Androidsucks

      God, the entire of Meego is so that developers and end users don’t have to deal with Androids slowness/hunger for battery power. 

      • Anonymous

        Who cares when Meego sucks worse. Meego has no market place or apps, because developers don’t support the damn thing. It’s UI is shit, and it’s unintuitive. Hell, it even has less developer support than WebOS, and WebOS has no developer support.

  • Adam Barnett

    This article is full of fail.

    First: why is it a shame? You end up looking clueless if you make a strong assertion like that without even saying why, let alone backing up this FUD with facts, figures or objective comparison.

    Secondly: doesn’t sub-100k sound a lot like it might be a developer device? You know, like insiders have been talking about for ages?

    Thirdly: consumers don’t like being experimented on, eh? First iPhone was a a big experiment. That went pretty well, don’t you think?

    Finally: do some research. Plenty of people are excited about MeeGo. Who exactly is it who’s coming over all hot and bothered at the thought of WP7? Leaving out long-hold MSFT investors, Ballmer, Elop and astroturfers, I’m not sure who’s left.

    • Anonymous

      Nokia told me point blank that it’s platform of choice moving forward is Windows Phone. I do believe there is a case to be made for MeeGo but not with Nokia. That’s why this device is a shame for Nokia fans, as it’s clearly not what the company will be focused on. 

      • Tiger

        You talked to Stephen Elop?

        • Anonymous

          Nope, he was out of the country. I did speak to their smartphone division leader though. Does that suffice?

          • Anonymous

            To be fair, your press/blogger. Of course hes going to tell you that.

        • Anonymous

          Nope, he was out of the country. I did speak to their smartphone division leader though. Does that suffice?

        • Anonymous

          Nope, he was out of the country. I did speak to their smartphone division leader though. Does that suffice?

  • http://twitter.com/miusuario Omar Moya

    Nokia + Meego = Last Nokia Phone ever.

    Excited? Absolutely.

    • Anonymous

      LOL! Why? Meego sucks, and has absolutely no developer support. Every hands-on impression of Meego say it’s awful. Who wants a phone with no support, either from Nokia or developers.

      This is a complete waste of time for Nokia.

      • http://twitter.com/miusuario Omar Moya

        “everyone says..”, “saw a video in youtube…”, “my daddy told me…”, yeah, right. I will consider your comment.

      • http://twitter.com/miusuario Omar Moya

        “everyone says..”, “saw a video in youtube…”, “my daddy told me…”, yeah, right. I will consider your comment.

  • Tiger

    Dear, Marin Perez. I haven’t even read the article but can gladly say you’re a dumbass. You should change the title “too bad it will run MeeGo”.

    You’re just another mainstream kid who get’s overwhelmed with a new android device, which is the same crap just slightly repackaged.

    What do you want it to run? Windows? Just like every other HTC/etc phone?

    N series are premium devices. They always bring out new technology nothing that’s been reworked.

    Get your facts straight dumbfuck.

    • Anonymous

      Eat me. I was in Nokia’s headquarters last Thursday. I want it to run a platform that Nokia is committed to. 

  • MVZ

    Tiger; first thing you learn in debate class is that if your arguments are without merits you insult the other party, lucky for you the reporter has way too much class to get on a pissing match with a reader without facts, we the other readers would prefer you leave your feable arguments to yourself that way even if you win you loose

    • Anonymous

      You give me too much credit for having class. Thanks though!

  • gary mathos

    Heard it was possibly symbian 40 upgraded device. 

  • Anonymous

    the reason his headline looks like a troll, and that he’s an even worse troll in the comment section, is because his paycheck is effected by it. more readers click, more readers return to the page and try to tell him what he should already know. This equals better advertising rates.

    If you’re sick of guys like this, go download adblock, or for advanced users add this website to your hosts file.

    • http://twitter.com/PeterAzP PeterAzP

      Has anybody NOT got Adblock?

    • redditor

      The site cannot (and doesn’t) say “click our ads”. I guess we should not use the comment space to say the opposite. 
      I whitelisted this site from my adblock. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reverse_psychology

  • gary mathos

    meego was a winner. oops! 

  • http://twitter.com/PeterAzP PeterAzP

    I think MeeGo is equally interesting as Maemo. “I rocks!” that is =)
    I’ve been waiting for a phone that can replace my N900 eventually, perhaps the N9 can be that phone. I don’t even like Nokia, but I like their skunkworks stuff, and I like their FOSS-attitude. Too bad the MS boss had to go in and destroy it.

  • Mathias Picker

    I’m glad it runs meego. Alas, I want the N950, I need the keyboard. And I think a full linux device has a better (for me) ecosystem than all that android/iphone “apps” crap. I run full gnumeric and R on my N900 and I really need it.

  • Anonymous

    Thank god it runs Meego. Excited. Doesnt need to compete with anyone, infact im glad its a low profile OS.

  • Noel

    If MeeGo is a considerable step up from what Maemo 5 was on the N900…then definately there is promise for the OS. I used to rock Nokia devices b4 i joined Androids army..so i can definately see myself having two devices with two different OS. I always wanted the N900 but it took tooooo long to be released..that was one of the major problems with Nokia then.

  • redditor

    Leaked Nokia N9 looks beautiful, too bad it will run MeeGoFTFY

    • realredditor

      FTFY version below:Leaked Nokia N9 looks beautiful, too GOOD it will run MeeGo

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