Nokia intros MeeGo-powered N9 smartphone

While Intel continues to push MeeGo Linux for tablets, Nokia has introduced an all-new smartphone running the OS. Dubbed simply the N9, the device offers a 3.9" AMOLED display with 854x480 pixels. A curved slab of Gorilla glass provides some protection for the screen, which bubbles up slightly from the phone's unibody plastic shell. That casing measures 116 x 61 x 12 mm and will be available in several colors. The whole thing weighs just 135 grams.

Under the hood, the N9 features a 1GHz OMAP3630 application processor from Texas Instruments. A gig of RAM is included alongside 16 or 64GB of storage capacity. As one might expect, there are two cameras: one facing the user and a second one with a fancy lens, eight megapixels for stills, and 720p video capture. The 1450 mAh battery doesn't appear to be user-replaceable, and there's no SD card slot. At least Nokia tosses in a standard micro USB connector, though. More specifications are detailed in this official blog post.

Perhaps more interesting than the smartphone itself is the operating system and its "Harmattan" interface. Nokia Marketing Manager Jussi Mäkinen walks through the UI in the video embedded above, and it looks like a pretty slick experience to me. The interface is separated into three segments: a social networking aggregator, an application menu that looks like a typical home screen, and a nifty little grid that shows zoomed-out views of everything that's running. As a Palm Pre user, I'm particularly impressed by the smooth multitasking implementation.

Nokia hasn't set a price on the N9, but Engadget says it's coming later this year. The site got some hands-on time with the phone and came away very impressed with not only the responsive UI, but also the screen and overall design.

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