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Atom-powered MeeGo Device Surfaces In Russia

A MeeGo handset has been spotted in Russia courtesy of a new player on the market, Hi/Lo Vibrant and there's even one spy shot that shows the beast in action.

Engadget (opens in new tab) reports that the device, which was displayed in Moscow during an Intel conference, is based on an Atom processor but didn't provide with more details. We doubt very much that this is your bog standard netbook-flavoured CPU.

MeeGo is a joint venture by Nokia and Intel which aims at spreading the use of Linux-based MeeGo as an operating platform replacing Intel's Moblin and Nokia's own Maemo which has been used only in the N900.

The MeeGo device looks a lot like a N900 actually with what appears to be a 3.5-inch touchscreen. Incidentally, it features a 5-megapixel camera with flash plus a front facing one for video conferencing and a microUSB port.

Nokia is set to use MeeGo for its high end smartphone range, the ones that will challenge the iPhone and Android while Symbian, which has been re-absorbed by the phone company will be used in cheaper models.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.