Nokia 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.