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June 21, 2011

Nokia N9 video demo, first impressions

So now it’s clear why Nokia went for WP7 instead of Android — because they’re still banking on the Meego OS and the Nokia N9 is a testament that they can still kick ass.

The Nokia N9 is an impressive handset — both inside and out. The design is similar to what they did with the Nokia N8 but this time, there are no buttons on the screen. The AMOLED display is brilliant and the 3.9-inch glass somewhat curves towards the edge to give it a continuous feel.

The unibody is made up of polycarbonate which makes it light but tough at the same time. The material is already colored from production so it’s not just coated by inherent to the body (if you scratch it, the inherent color remains). You still feel that heft, probably due to the massive glass display and it’s relatively thin too — starts at 7.6 on the edges going to 12.1mm in the center.

The specs is the best one Nokia has pushed out their doors:

Nokia N9
3.9-inch AMOLED screen @ 854×480 pixels
ARM Cortex-A8 OMAP3630 1.0 GHz
PowerVR SGX530
1024MB RAM
16GB and 64GB internal storage
Bluetooth 2.1
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
3G/HSDPA 14.4Mbps
Near Field Communication (NFC)
8MP autofocus camera with Carl Zeiss optics (f/2.2 aperture)
720p HD video recording @ 30fps with stereo sound
2 x LED flash
2nd front-facing camera for video calls
1450mAh battery
Meego 1.2 Harmattan

The Meego 1.2 OS has been re-built to give it a fresh UI. I tried it on the N900 before and didn’t liked it very much. However, the Meego 1.2 OS on the Nokia N9 showed a whole lot of improvements. With the ARM Cortex-A8 processor and generous 1GB of internal RAM, the UI is very snappy and has a lot of tricks and nice, smooth transition effects up its sleeve.

In it’s true multi-tasking capability, you can switch between applications in a single swipe or load pages and pages on the browser at the background while doing something else. You can download thousands of apps and games straight from Ovi store and use them with the N9.

The Near Field Communication (NFC) works flawlessly when we tested it out with Nokia’s portable speakers and headsets (both have NFC support as well) so you ca use the technology right off the bat.

The handset comes in 3 colors — black, blue and pink. One thing that people might find as a bit of a disadvantage is that the 1450mAh Li-Ion battery is built-in and not user-replaceable, just like what they did with the N8.

Nokia has not specified the exact date nor the suggested retail price but promises the N9 will be out before end of the year. I’m guessing it will be the same SRP as the N90 when it first came out or probably near the 23k price of the N8.

Update: A Nokia rep indicated in one of the interviews after the event that the Nokia N9 will have a suggested retail price of $660 (Php29k) for the 16GB and $749 (Php33k) for the 64GB.

Rumored Nokia N9 Slide captured on video
Nokia N9 Video Teaser Ad
Nokia N9 unboxed, in the flesh, 2nd impressions

119 Responses to “Nokia N9 video demo, first impressions”

  1. superboink16 says:

    it doesn’t have a radio too.

  2. hater! says:

    and has only 8mp!

  3. rainbow_brite says:

    and it doesn’t come in ‘menstrual red’ or ‘phlegm yellow-green-grey spot’ color. :(

  4. sgt rave says:

    1gb ram 1gb power whew 100 apps running at the same time whew whew whew…

    pricey hahaha
    still dunno what to buy

  5. Edivaldo says:

    where i can buy in the philippines??

  6. laine says:

    haha ang pinapangarap kong phone n9 hehe

  7. Kathy says:

    Gotta have this for Christmas. ;D

  8. ronald says:

    I bought mine yesterday in sm city annex bldg. I got the white 64GB for P27,700.

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