Nokia N9 release date for Sweden confirmed on September 23; Price yet to announce
Earlier this week Nokia unveiled the N9, both their first and last device to be built using the MeeGo operating system. Announced just yesterday, it’s going to be Nokia’s first and last consumer-focused MeeGo device, even if purists will eagerly point out that it doesn’t technically run MeeGo (Harmattan is rooted more in Maemo than MeeGo. MeeGo could have been a great mobile platform, the new Nokia N9 Lankku proves that, but the Finnish giant, lead by the not-so-Finnish Stephen Elop, decided to dump it in favor of Windows Phone 7.
Right now it seems that Sweden is the first market ready for the N9 as 3 is said to launch the phone on September 23. We’d love to offer you some pricing details as well, but that’s not the kind of information that’s available right now. An advertising campaign by Finnish operator Saunalahti has already begun, and over in Sweden the local operator Three has announced that they’ll be shipping the N9 on September 23rd. That still doesn’t solve the pricing bit. Eldar Murtazin, Editor in Chief of Mobile-Review, said in a tweet (Russian translated to English): “Price N9 for Russia will be such – 16 GB about 25 thousand, 64 GB of 30 thousand rubles. September or later. Like the price?”, which comes out to $890 for the 16 GB version and $1,070 for the 64 GB variant.
We will remind you the specs and features of the Lankku, which are going to make an impression on the smartphone-loving crowd: 3.9-inch AMOLED touchscreen display with 854 x 480 resolution, scratch-resistant curved glass (Gorilla glass), 1GHz OMAP3630 processor, GPS, NFC, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1, 3.5mm headphone jack, microSD support, 8-megapixel camera with auto-focus and HD video recording , 16/64GB memory and MeeGo running the show. But I can’t help but wonder whether there will be enough apps to meet the mobile needs of the smartphone-loving crowds.
Conspiracy theorists will be quick to point out that Apple’s new iPhone will surely launch by then, no matter which of the latest rumors you believe, since basically some say it will happen in August, some in September. So with the iPhone out before the N9, some (if not all) of the enthusiasm regarding the latter will have died down, and the N9 will go ahead and not sell well, just as planned. Remember, those were the conspiracy theorists talking, not me. Although… Ah, never mind. Unless Nokia fires Elop very soon, and it won’t, Nokia will stick to Windows Phone for at least the foreseeable future. Let’s all try and get used to that.
The incredibly well-connected editor of Mobile Review claims that the phone will drop at the “end of September” but will debut in Russian soil before landing anywhere else. As well as being the first commercially available MeeGo powered smartphone, the N9 also stands out for shunning a trad dad physical home button in favour of a swipe gesture area.
The Nokia N9 is an all-screen device with three home views and a new user interface navigated through a swipe of the finger. The N9 comes in a polycarbonate design that enables better antenna performance and also includes NFC.