Nokia makes the N9 official, fails to mention launch date, price, and the lack of a MeeGo ecosystem

Every time Stephen Elop, Nokia’s new CEO, gets up on stage he repeats his infamous “we’re no longer in a battle for devices, but in a war of ecosystems” speech, the one where he explains the reason why he decided to switch Nokia’s primary operating system to Windows Phone. Today, at Nokia Connection 2011 in Singapore, Nokia took the wraps off the N9, the very last smartphone the Finnish handset maker plans on building with the MeeGo operating system that they spent years working on, but in the end decided it was not a viable platform for the long term success of the company. From a pure hardware perspective, it’s impressive. The N9 has a 3.9 inch curved Gorilla glass AMOLED screen with a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels, 1 GB of RAM, quadband GSM (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) and pentaband (850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz) 14.4 Mbps 3G support, it takes microSIM cards, making it the first device other than the iPhone 4 or iPad 2 to do so, it also features an 8 megapixel camera with a Carl Zeiss wide angle lens, the ability to capture 720p video at 30 frames per second, near field communication support, and your typical WiFi/Bluetooth/GPS radios that most every new smartphone comes with.

That’s all well and good, but let us repeat just how limited this device will be. There will be no additional MeeGo devices coming out, meaning developers making applications for the N9 are going to address an incredibly limited market. Worse yet, the N9 doesn’t come with a ship date or price tag, so for all we know it can cost over 800 EUR and hit store shelves in the last week of December. No matter how good this device is, you’re better off getting something that’ll actually have the backing of more than a few hundred thousand loyalists of the Nokia brand. That makes us rather sad since the UI looks reasonably lick and shows us a future that could have been if Elop wasn’t put in charge.

Update: One more video, this one showing off the UI on an actual device

  • I think that this was more of the concept that, ‘hey, take a look at what we can do on the hardware side’. Can’t wait to see what Nokia comes up on the Windows Phone front.

  • > meaning developers making applications for the N9 are going to address an incredibly limited market
    Except that MeeGo’s application framework, Qt, also works on Symbian. And on Windows, Mac, and Linux PCs.

    • +1

      What’s wrong with intoMobille? The article from Perez yesterday was a shame as well…

      • Tiger

        +1 Something is seriously wrong with these people, they just right from the start dissed Nokia. The new site looks like crap, the only reason I’m coming here now is to check comments. Fk you intomobile

      • Quintus Murray

        open ur EYES IDIOTS NOKIA SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!! THEY HAVEN’T MADE A SINGLE GOOD DEVICE SINCE 2007!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Anonymous

      You do understand that WIMP Qt and Mobile QT applications are completely different UI/UX paradigms.

      Try using your Qt based Windows applications on the current N9.

      Good luck.

      The truth is that MeeGo has no ecosystem for anybody except geeks who roll their own from source code.

      It’s a dead platform and Nokia has themselves said a gazillion times by now that they are putting all their effort behind WP and MeeGo will remain (most outsourced) test platform for “next disruption”.

      Don’t hold your breath for the next disruption. Might be a few years away.

  • Egads! Have the markets been disrupted???

    p.s. Wasn’t it supposed to be 12mpx? Does it still have slideout qwerty?

  • Tiger

    Why do you intomobile staff hate nokia/meego?

    • Because somewhere around the launch of the Nokia N95 they got full of themselves, then the iPhone came out, and they failed to see how fucked they really were. Everything they’ve done since 2007 has either been a step towards the wrong direction or a brisk jog towards catching up to the competition.

      • Cynergium

        Very well said… I think I’ll switch to read some other sites that can put up unbiased articles that are useful to end users. It is ok to bring up one’s opinions but the way you do it is something that is really annoying. Doesn’t interest the reader at all.

        • Tiger

          Exactly, if you intent on running a site where you make money off of ads you should really take care of the traffic. Not put up bullshit biased articles that 90& of readers don’t agree with.

          The main reason why I started using this site was because it had (notice the had) a clean design and I could find all news. Now more and more crap articles are coming up with the ugly looking design. That’s it for intomobile then.. Major fail.

      • Anonymous

        Hoo.. and of course you been working there(Nokia) and got fired… right.. you forgot to mention that.
        For a few years now “for some odd reason” you never said even one good thing about them, not EVERYTHING that Nokia did was wrong!
        This article, for example is a total fail, no good things to say about this device? Really? Nothing? Great perspective about the mobile world, really, great view and understanding…not!

  • Apad

     I agree with your Blog and I will be back to check it more in the future so please keep up your work.

  • Cynergium

    Stefan, you fail to write a good, unbiased article.

  • Agreed, it does look slick, and definitely a better way forward than WP7. If Nokia want to survive they need to take their destiny in their own hands.

  • Roberto

    Good review i have had the Nokia N900 it was a great phone for 6 months but the support was garabage i did like the keyboard now this just look like any other Touch phone. To Buy a phone that will not get support or major apps because Window 7/Nokia CEO Said it will not be going forward who will spend money on this. What kind of CEO says that an expect people to buy them. Plus no Dual Core on this phone Come on and you want to talk bad about Intomobile not liking Nokia PLEASE ! Good Job Stefan

  • Bastukatten

    I think the n9 has already everything you need from a smartphone, fast browser, social, maps and qt for eazyport from symbian. And of course not to forget alien dalvik to run android apps. 

  • I really want it!!!!!!! If only it had a 12 MP Camera with Xenon flash and  a memory card slot (64GB Internal+16GB MicroSim=80GB!) and that the internet browser would support Flash and that its polycarbonate body would glow in the dark.Internal + 16 MicroSim) and  Since it can run android apps it should be pretty awesome since Android has more apps than apple!

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