Intel-based Nokia N9 Handset To Be Shown At MWC?

This forthcoming Mobile World Congress in Barcelona may see the unveiling of the first mainstream Intel-based smartphone, the Nokia N9 slider.

The smartphone, which we described as a tiny version of the Macbook Air, is a slide with a full QWERTY keyboard and a grey, silvery finish.

Engadget says that the phone will be powered by an Intel Atom processor running at 1.2GHz and may be showcased during the keynote given by Nokia's CEO, Stephen Elop at CES.

Whether that processor will be Medfield or not, and whether it will be a dual core model or not remains to be seen. One thing is sure, it will be powered by MeeGo - born out of the fusion of Moblin and Maemo - rather than Symbian.

Apart from pure processing power, Intel will have to focus on graphics performance as well as the new smartphone coming up in 2011 will focus heavily on delivering video performance on par with their desktop counterparts.

The GMA500 module - based on PowerVR SGX530 - used with most Atom processors will definitely not be up to the task.