Nokia N5 leaked, future low end N9

Nokia’s new phone, the N9, has been taking up most of our attention the last few weeks but the N5 is trying to get some show time today. A batch of shots of the prototype Symbian device give us a good idea of what to expect.

The phone is destined to be a low-end version of the N9, with pretty descent specs and a different OS. The phone will run on Nokia’s updated Symbian OS called Anna, which has some similarities to MeeGo but is much lower-end software both visually and structurally. The phone hardware is also more modest compared to that of the N9. It has a 3.2-inch screen, a 5 megapixel camera with an LED flash. It’ll run purely on Symbian S60 5th Edition, which is a questionable choice for an OS considering it’s almost at the end of its lifetime.

The design is pretty cool, especially for a shopper looking for a good phone but doesn’t want to spend too much. On the other hand, the entry-level smartphone market is now flooded with Android handsets like the LG Optimus S that seem to have better stuff than this Nokia phone, not to mention they all have a bottomless pit of features and a rapidly-growing app market. If a phone like the N5 wants to be successful it’ll need a lot more work. As it is, I doubt we’ll be seeing this on our top ten must-have list anytime soon.

[ExCellular via GSMArena]

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