The day every MeeGo fan in the world waited for has come with Nokia starting to ship its first and only MeeGo-powered device for the mass market – N9. Among the countries that will get to try out the fancy smartphone are Australia, Mexico and most parts of Europe and Asia. As far as we know, there are no plans to launch the device in North America, though I’m sure you’ll be able to grab it from some importer.
You probably already know what to expect, including the fancy UI that features three home views – Applications, Events and Task Manager. Under the hood, there’s a 1GHz single-core processor; GSM/HSPA, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth radios; GPS; NFC chip; 8-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics; and flash storage of 16 or 64 GB. The screen measures 3.9 inches with no buttons on the front side of the phone.
The Nokia N9 will be available in three colors — black, cyan and magenta — for approximately 480 EUR for the 16 GB model and 560 EUR for the one with 64 gigs of built-in storage. Those are the prices of unlocked devices before taxes and subsidies, with pricing and availability varying from region to region and operator to operator.