Online retailer Expansys has put various flavours of the Meego-powered Nokia N9 on preorder on its UK site but has yet to say when it will launch and more importantly, at what price.
Both 16GB and a 64GB models will be available in a number of colours with the N9 being powered by the Meego 1.2 Harmattan OS.
The phone comes with a number of new features not found on other Nokia handsets; it is powered by a Ti OMAP3630 SoC clocked at 1GHz, with a PowerVR SGX530 GPU and 1GB RAM, there's a 3.9-inch 854x480 pixel AMOLED screen with curved scratch resistant glass, plus an eight-megapixel camera with AF, wide-angle lens, Carl Zeiss optics and the ability to record 720p video content, Wi-Fi, GPS, a 1450mAh battery and support for nine GSM and CDMA bands.
Nokia used a polycarbonate material for the chassis, an option which it says, will improve antenna performance. The N9 is also the first phone anywhere not to have ANY button on the front with the home key being replaced by a swipe gesture.
Apart from the fact that it is the second phone after the iPhone 4 to adopt the microSIM format, the N9 is also betting big on Near Field Communications (NFC) and Nokia has already brought NFC-enabled accessories like the Nokia Play 360° wireless music speaker.