Nokia N9 to pick up the pieces at MWC after N8 fail? Specs suggest so…

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nokia.jpgNokia are having a bit of a rough time in the old smartphone market right now. While their cheaper and mid-range handsets keep them nicely afloat, particuarly in developing nations, they’re still struggling to really shine in the smartphone stakes. The N8 turned out to be a massive disappointment, while the E7 QWERTY slider is still floundering for a release date.

Could the N9, Nokia’s MeeGo-packing smartphone rumoured to be revealed at MWC 2011 this month, change their fortunes?

With its 1.6GHz processor by Intel, 512MB of RAM, a 480×854 panel, NFC tech, HDMI out, 21Mbps HSPA+, plus Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, it may well do. The leaked specs have come courtesy of NokiaPort.de, who dug around inside the MeeGo source files to secure these details.

As the new MeeGo OS is a joint venture between Nokia and Intel that chipset makes perfect sense. NFC, HDMI ports and that sharp-sounding screen resolution make the N9 seem Nokia’s next-great-hope.

But haven’t they been saying that about every smartphone failure they’ve launched in the last year or two? We’ll wait till we get our hands on one before we bet our life savings on it being any good.

Via: IntoMobile

Gerald Lynch

14 comments

  • I can see the key points from both sides. Vanders – You are correct on the ongoing issues with software and hardware on the Sybian OS Nokias, however you cannot say that there have been no problems with iphones, there are tons of customers having on-going issues with their iphone 4’s. You can say that I have no experience also, but I have worked within the industry for 5 years now, both customer facing and with the manufacturers. You seem to have overlooked the absolute genius handset that is the N900…It is the best handset that Nokia has produced for probably about 3 years. The N9 is going to be based loosely on the same operating system which is a bonus! Android is not the only viable option, Maemo is user friendly and stable and I am guessing that Meego will be also. You need to quit nursing your chubby for apple and open your eyes to emerging tech!

  • I am going nowhere my friend. My world? Why its exactly the same one as yours. Except I have actual experience of these devices, and extensive (mostly extremely negative) customer feedback. Not just voicing my ill informed misguided opinions on this site like some others. Nokia will not release sales figures for this handset. It is most definitely a stupendous failure. Having a HDMI port and a nice camera does not make a good smartphone. Nokia only keep themselves where they are in the industry with the low and mid end handsets (which are very good). Unless they decide to adopt a half decent operating system in the future they will continue to suffer heavily in this Market. Android is the only viable option. Only Then could a potential challenge to IOS be on the cards. I do not lie. Just valid opinions of professionals and customers in the mobile industry.

  • I am going nowhere my friend. My world? Why its exactly the same one as yours. Except I have actual experience of these devices, and extensive (mostly extremely negative) customer feedback. Not just voicing my ill informed misguided opinions on this site like some others. Nokia will not release sales figures for this handset. It is most definitely a stupendous failure. Having a HDMI port and a nice camera does not make a good smartphone. Nokia only keep themselves where they are in the industry with the low and mid end handsets (which are very good). Unless they decide to adopt a half decent operating system in the future they will continue to suffer heavily in this Market. Android is the only viable option. Only Then could a potential challenge to IOS be on the cards. I do not lie. Just valid opinions of professionals and customers in the mobile industry.

  • I am going nowhere my friend. My world? Why its exactly the same one as yours. Except I have actual experience of these devices, and extensive (mostly extremely negative) customer feedback. Not just voicing my ill informed misguided opinions on this site like some others. Nokia will not release sales figures for this handset. It is most definitely a stupendous failure. Having a HDMI port and a nice camera does not make a good smartphone. Nokia only keep themselves where they are in the industry with the low and mid end handsets (which are very good). Unless they decide to adopt a half decent operating system in the future they will continue to suffer heavily in this Market. Android is the only viable option. Only Then could a potential challenge to IOS be on the cards. I do not lie. Just valid opinions of professionals and customers in the mobile industry.

  • I am going nowhere my friend. My world? Why its exactly the same one as yours. Except I have actual experience of these devices, and extensive (mostly extremely negative) customer feedback. Not just voicing my ill informed misguided opinions on this site like some others. Nokia will not release sales figures for this handset. It is most definitely a stupendous failure. Having a HDMI port and a nice camera does not make a good smartphone. Nokia only keep themselves where they are in the industry with the low and mid end handsets (which are very good). Unless they decide to adopt a half decent operating system in the future they will continue to suffer heavily in this Market. Android is the only viable option. Only Then could a potential challenge to IOS be on the cards. I do not lie. Just valid opinions of professionals and customers in the mobile industry.

  • I am going nowhere my friend. My world? Why its exactly the same one as yours. Except I have actual experience of these devices, and extensive (mostly extremely negative) customer feedback. Not just voicing my ill informed misguided opinions on this site like some others. Nokia will not release sales figures for this handset. It is most definitely a stupendous failure. Having a HDMI port and a nice camera does not make a good smartphone. Nokia only keep themselves where they are in the industry with the low and mid end handsets (which are very good). Unless they decide to adopt a half decent operating system in the future they will continue to suffer heavily in this Market. Android is the only viable option. Only Then could a potential challenge to IOS be on the cards.

  • As I said in my last post. I WORK IN THE INDUSTRY. IN THE FRONT LINE. Demonstrating handsets to customers constantly. These are no rumours. What experience do you have of the industry @imici and @steve? Absolutely none is my guess.

    Nokia do not make smartphones. They make dumbphones. Total toilet. I suggest you guys all go and work in the industry for as long as I have and then come back with some valid arguments.

    If you guys all want to use a nokia smartphone that’s great news for me as you will be buying them from my competitors and they can deal with the returns issues.

    I HAVE HAD ZERO RETURNS ON IPHONE4.

    100% RETURNS ON NOKIA N8.

    Enough said

  • N8 fail????!! This guy is abnormal…
    I suspect that this guy is payed by Samsung, HTC or Apple..
    It’s not a tech site, it’s a pitiful rumour blog… Shame on you.

  • Really stupid and uninformed arcticle. N8 is not a fail is the best smartphone produced by nokia by now. It’s fast and responsive with a beautiful amoled screen, great gpu for games, high quality audio and the best camera for the market. And it sold million devices. Imerd4 is a fail with its crap antenna design not N8

  • @bitflung, i would like to know what planet are you currently living on, as it’s obviously not earth. I have been working in the telecoms industry for the past 14 years. Currently I manage stores for one of the largest UK networks. And according to my customers, the N8 is indeed a gigantic fail by Nokia. Symbian is a complicated and out dated platform. The day I received a live unit for demonstration purposes, I was optimistic. Excellent on paper (as all nokia smartphones are),but abysmal in practice.However within minutes the handset had frozen and continued to be both hampered by software and hardware problems. My customers optimism also proved to be short lived, and to date my stores have been running on a 100% return rate. We now no longer promote the N8. Whereas iPhone stock continues to sell out on a daily basis. You may not like IOS, but there is a reason that people camp out overnight in front of my stores every year, and that reason is all thanks to Mr Jobs and his massively popular creation.

    Next time you get the desire for a good nokia smartphone, may I suggest also looking for Jesus, Santa Claus and the Easter bunny, as these are all figments of your imagination too.

    For what it’s worth, android and windows 7 are also flawed and inferior in comparison to IOS. The numbers do not lie, they never do.

    Gerald, I commend you for a well balanced article, and i’m guessing you’ve used a nokia smartphone so are fully aware of their shortcomings. Just buy two tin cans and a piece of string instead, you’ll get a far better user experience.

  • N8 fail? really? are you crazy? “massive disappointment”? according to whom?

    i mean, sure, it didn’t wipe out the competition or anything – it didn’t send apple running back to the drawing board or make all the android adopters scream in agony over having selected android over symbian… but failure? really? the N8 has been extremely well received, sold in huge volumes, and while media pundits proclaim symbian’s market share is on a terrible downward spiral, symbian handset shipments have only increased (the negative appearance in market share is due to symbian’s growth not beign as fast as android’s growth – but symbian still GREW).

    i’ve actually used the N8. bought my wife one (green, she loves it). ‘massive disappointment’ is pretty much the polar opposite of her take on the N8. it’s fast and responsive, has a great screen and a camera that can’t be beat (which she uses about 20 times a day). her N8 battery outlasts my boss’ iphone 4 by about 12 hours (his iphone 4 ~24 hours, my wife’s N8 ~36 hours – both with heavy use for both phone calls and data services. and yes, simultaneous data and voice not this verizon rubbish version of 3G where only one can be used at a time).

    i don’t expect or care to push you to write an article proclaiming the N8 a massive success. indeed, overall it may only be a moderate success considering the scale by which it must be measured. but to call it a massive disappointment and a failure is simply insulting to me, your reader.

    stop insulting me with rubbish attention grabbing headlines full of FUD. write something that is at least backed up by reasonable opinions (you think it’s a fail? state a reason for that, one that isn’t trivially disproved).

    • My thoughts exactly. I continue to be amazed how people this ignorant are able to get themselves into a position to write news on a tech site…

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