Nokia announces the N9 smartphone – finally gets into the game

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Nokia has announced its brand new smartphone, the Nokia N9, which promises to be an update to its much criticised user interface on one of its touchscreen phones, among other improvements that have allowed it to lag behind other competitors.

The phone will feature no keypad or home button, thus allowing it to proclaim it to be the “First-ever pure touch smartphone” and a brand new body design made out of polycarbonate, which is said to give it superior antenna performance. It also contains a 3.9-inch AMOLED screen with a scratch-resistant curved glass and an 8-megapixel Carl Zeiss that can capture HD-quality video.

In addition, it will be the first phone that will run its new MeeGo operating system, which it is producing in conjunction from Intel. Audio-wise, it will also be the first phone to come with both Dolby Digital Plus and Dolby Headphone technology, and will have Near Field Communication technology.

However, while the features are great, Nokia’s operating systems on the phones have been a problem in the past. Much reviewers, such as us, have been critical over the use of Symbian on its touchscreen phones. I have even gone so far as labelling Symbian’s touchscreen OS as a slap-on job in order to keep it in somewhat competition, and it is failing Nokia. Hopefully, MeeGo will do somewhat better.

The phone comes in three colours – black, magenta and cyan; and will have two storage capacities of 16GB and 64GB. Pricing and availability will be announced soon, but is coming to Australia later in the year.

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