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Nokia N9 Meego Smartphone To Cost £600?

The Nokia N9 was only launched last week but already, a UK online retailer has put a description page for the phone with a suggested retail price of £599.99

There's no item description, on the page here, and no indication as to when the handset will be available.

The N9 is the first and possibly the last commercially available smartphone from Nokia based on the Meego operating system, one that merges together previous Intel & Nokia mobile platform projects.

Although its hardware specifications are hardly ground-breaking, it does come with some minor but significant improvements including: a display that's closer to the inner side of the scratch-resistant display, up to 64GB onboard storage and near field communication.

Its other key features include a 1GHz single core TI OMAP system on chip with a PowerVR SGX530 GPU, 1GB RAM, a 3.9-inch 854x480 pixel capacitive screen, Wi-Fi, GPS and Meego.

There is no microSD slot though, and for some reason Nokia chose to adopt the same microSIM card format as the iPhone 4.

With a claimed price tag of £600, the N9 is going to have a tough time rivalling the new iPhone 5 and the slew of existing superphones already on the market - like the Samsung Galaxy S and the HTC Sensation.

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 ITProPortal.com 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.