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Nokia Prepares For N9 Smartphone Launch

Orange Switzerland has put up a product page for the forthcoming Nokia N9 black which will be launched in the country on the 15th of September which has prompted hopes for a potential UK roll out.

However, a spokesperson told mobile website Know your mobile that Orange UK, now part of Everything Everywhere, doesn't have any plans to release the Nokia N9 in the UK at the moment.

Nokia on the other hand has confirmed that it won't release the handset in the UK for the foreseeable future. The handset is due to be released in Sweden as well, with the Meego-based smartphone likely to be the only one in Nokia's line up.

The Nokia N9 comes with a few interesting features like a 3.9-inch 480x854 pixel touchscreen, a 1GHz Cortex A8 SoC, 16GB onboard storage, A-GPS, an FM Radio, an eight-megapixel camera with flash and Carl Zeiss optics, TV Out and MeeGo OS v1.2.

A Windows Phone Mango version of it is expected to be released later this year with slightly amended specifications.

Why has Nokia abandoned the Meego platform altogether? It may be related to the fact that Nokia doesn't believe in the survival of the platform as the market consolidates around established ecosystems like Android, iOS and Windows Phone.