Nokia Announces Sexy N9 Smartphone Based on Dead MeeGo Platform

Submitted by lalit on June 21, 2011 - 11:00pm.

As was rumored, Nokia today announced the N9 handset. Nokia N9’s body is precision-machined from a single piece of polycarbonate and flows seamlessly into beautiful curved glass. The home key on N9 is replaced by simple swipe gesture that brings you to home screen from anywhere when you swipe from the edge of the display.

“With the Nokia N9, we wanted to design a better way to use a phone. To do this we innovated in the design of the hardware and software together. We reinvented the home key with a simple gesture: a swipe from the edge of the screen. The experience sets a new bar for how natural technology can feel,” said Marko Ahtisaari, Nokia’s head of Design. “And this is just the beginning. The details that make the Nokia N9 unique – the industrial design, the all-screen user experience, and the expressive Qt framework for developers – will evolve in future Nokia products.”

However, after talking so much about design and ease of use Nokia went ahead and based their sleekest phone in years on the dying Meego platform. N9 might be the first and last MeeGo handset and as far as application support goes its almost non-existent.

Other features of the phone are 3.9-inch AMOLED, 8-megapixel camera, 720p video recording, Dolby audio processing and NFC (Near Field Communication) support. The Nokia N9 will be available in three colors – black, cyan, and magenta with storage options to accommodate plenty of content: 16GB and 64GB. The Nokia N9 is scheduled to be in stores later this year, with availability and local pricing to be announced closer to the sales start.

Check out the introductory video and UI hands-on video below.