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Nokia Unveils The N9, Shares microSIM Feature With iPhone 5

Nokia is back with a vengeance and its N9 handset shows that the company can up the ante and deliver some great devices when required.

The N9, at least on paper, seems to be a very fine handset; the smartphone, which is based on the MeeGo OS (1.2 Harmattan), has the highest screen resolution and the biggest display of any Nokia phone yet (854x480 pixels, 3.9-inch).

The N9 will be the first and last phone to run Meego, the OS born from the fusion of Moblin and Maemo. Available in cyan, black and pink, It looks a lot like an Apple iPod Touch with its rectangular form factor.

Its body is made from unibody polycarbonate material and its lack of front-facing buttons brings it closer to Honeycomb tablets.

As the new top of the range smarpthone from Nokia, it manages to pack 1GB RAM and 16GB (or 64GB) onboard storage and is a true world phone, offering four-band GSM support and five-band support for CDMA.

When it comes to connectivity, the N9 offers what you'd expect from any mainstream handset; NFC, Bluetooth, AV connector, microUSB port, A-GPS, Wi-Fi network positioning, OVI Maps.

Like the iPhone though it comes with a micro SIM card slot, but doesn't have any HDMI ports or a microSD card reader.

Its camera is an eight-megapixel snapper with Carl Zeiss Optics, two LED flash, wide-angle lens but no front facing one for video conferencing.

Nokia says that the N9 will have a talk time of up to 11 hours on GSM and up to seven hours on 3G, with standyby times of 380 and 450 hours respectively.

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.