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Nokia N9 now available

On-line mobile phone retailer Expansys has opened up the pre-ordering of the world's first MeeGo handset, from Nokia.

MeeGo is a joint mobile device operating system venture between the CPU manufacturer Intel and the Finnish fone company Nokia, after Intel's Moblin and Nokia's Maemo projects were merged together in 2010.

MeeGo is an open source Linux-based platform, in much the same way as Android was borne and could be used for a wide range of devices such as tablets and not just mobile phones.

The N9 was announced back in June and as the first MeeGo mobile phone to ever ship. The handset arrives with a 3.9-inch AMOLED 854x480 capacitive touch screen and the fastest processor seen in a Nokia device, which has been matched of late by the Nokia entry-level Symbian 'Anna' 500 phone.

Nokia's N9 tips up with an 8 megapixal dual LED flash camera, with 16GB of internal memory, NFC capabilities and version 1.2 of MeeGo.

The yet-to-be-unveiled Nokia Windows Phone 7 handset known as 'Sea Ray' has a very similar look to the Nokia N9, where it could be said the hardware in the MeeGo device is the staging platform for the Microsoft-Nokia partnership device.

Expansys hasn't released any prices or arrival dates as yet for the N9, although it has been reported that the phone is due in September this year.

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