These days, Nokia has been in the limelight for all the wrong reasons, be it bad reviews, delays, or slump in revenues. However, the Nokia Connection event has given it a chance to break the jinx. The Finnish manufacturer has a few cards up its sleeve, and the announcement of the N9, just a few hours ago, is one of them.
The unibody design N9 runs on MeeGo 1.2 (Harmattan), an operating system developed with the help of Intel. The UI is the USP of this phone. The home screen has three sections, which can be accessed via swipe gestures. The first one is called Applications, the second is Events (which will display social networking and other notifications), and the third will show you all the live apps you have used recently. You can pinch and zoom the home screen to choose the number of displayed icons.
The specs sheet is long and impressive, as you would expect from a new Nokia flagship. The display is a 3.9" AMOLED with 854x480 pixels - a high resolution screen indeed. Interestingly, the display, made of Gorilla Glass, is curved. Finally, Nokia will power its first device with a 1 GHz ARM Cortex A8 OMAP3630 CPU and PowerVR SGX530 GPU, coupled with 512 MB 1 GB RAM [Thanks to satya for pointing out the error]. Also present is an 8 megapixel camera; thankfully it has auto-focus, unlike recent devices such as the C7 and X7. The device will come in 16 GB and 64 GB variants. Other features include Wi-Fi, GPS with free voice-guided navigation, NFC support, and Dolby Sound. Moreover, the browser will have support for HTML5.
The Nokia N9 looks impressive; it has a good blend of flexible software and some serious hardware. However, only time will tell whether this device will bring good luck to Nokia.