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Nokia N9 To Sell For £500?

The UK hasn't appeared yet on the list of countries where the Nokia N9 is going to be launched, at least two online mobile phone retailers, Gummobile and Digital-phone, have put the handset on preorder for £500 including delivery.

Digital-phone is even taking preorders (opens in new tab) for the phone which will come unlocked and SIM Free and doesn't yet have an official release date in any territory.

The N9 was only recently presented by Nokia and comes with a 3.9-inch 854x480 pixel screen with Gorilla glass placed on top, with the home key button being replaced by a simple swipe.

The handset also comes with an eight megapixel camera, 1GB RAM, 64GB onboard storage, application storage, two year warranty, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, GPS, Quad-band GSM and Penta-band CDMA support.

What really sets the N9 apart though is its design; it is made of a single piece of polycarbonate plastic, has no front facing button - the first phone to get rid of them altogether - and is still the first and only phone to be powered by Meego.

We're not sure how Nokia will support the N9 given that officially, the company has abandoned that platform and won't be launching any further handset.

It will be interesting to find out whether Nokia adopts the design of the N9 for its forthcoming Sea Ray Windows Phone 7 handset.

Désiré Athow

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.