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Nokia announces first MeeGo handset

Finnish mobile phone manufacturer Nokia has unveiled its first ever MeeGo device in the N9 – in addition to being the world’s first MeeGo handset and with the faster CPU seen in Nokia phone.

Nokia’s latest mobile phone features a design made from one piece of polycarbonate material in a unibody format, with smooth minimalist sides that emphasise the large curved screen with no front-facing buttons for the maximum possible exposure of any display.

Nokia’s N9 arrives with a 3.9-inch WVGA 854x480 AMOLED touch screen, with curved Gorilla glass, an 8 megapixel Carl Zeiss lens camera with dual flash and a second camera for video calling. The handset is powered by an ARM Cortex-A8 OMAP3630 1Ghz processor, with 16GB or 64GB of internal storage, a 3.5mm audio jack, microUSB port, NFC, WIFI and Quad band capabilities.

Running the N9 is the MeeGo 1.2 Harmattan operating system, which will be first seen on the device and is the first commercial MeeGo handset to ever be made available.

MeeGo is a Linux based open source mobile operating system, developed jointly by Intel and Nokia after merging Intel's Moblin and Nokia's Maemo OS’s together.

The device will be capable of 720p video capture in the MPEG-4 codec, along with supporting audio files as diverse as FLAC and the likes of mp3 and AAC.

The N9’s 1450 mAh battery appears to be sealed in and in much the same way as the N8 and E7 power source’s, where it’s set to deliver 11 hours’ worth of talk time/380 standby and 50 hours’ worth of music playback.

There are three home screens on offer; a fast web browser built on the Webkit 2 technology; free maps for walking and driving that are from Nokia’s OVI maps heritage in the Sat Nav market. This is along with access to OviStore and Music, Facebook and Twitter integration, plus Mail for Exchange for corporate email and other applications will be available too.

No prices or arrival dates have been announced by Nokia for the N9, although One Mobile Ring believes the handset will be available in September.

Check out the videos below that highlight the Nokia N9 in action.

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Rob has worked in the affiliate industry for many years with large publishers, and previously worked as a journalist on titles such as Wired, PC Magazine, ITProPortal, The Register, The Inquirer, Pocket-Lint, Mobile Industry Review, Know Your Mobile and The Gadget Show.