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Nokia's First MeeGo Smartphone Unveiled

Gordon Kelly


When Intel and Nokia first announced their plans to merge Moblin and Maemo many were sceptical, but the response to MeeGo 1.0 has been hugely promising making us quite excited about this...

The first ad for the company's impending flagship 'N9' has been leaked onto the Web (as just about everything is these days) and in truth it's pretty uninformative. We learn the N9 is a slimmer, nicer looking version of the N97 and - this being Nokia - it will undoubtedly come packed with tonnes of storage and all the usual connectivity (plus hopefully HDMI which is a nice, slow burning trend in smartphones).

MeeGo is the real draw, however, so fingers crossed we don't encounter the same six month wait that accompanied the N97.

In related news Nokia has officially shown off the 'X5-01', a follow-up to its other square handset the Twist and similar to Motorola's Flipout.

It's 2.36in 320 x 240 pixel display, 5MP camera with LED flash, FM tuner 200MB of internal memory and Symbian S60 3rd Edition UI don't make it a world beater, but the 165 euro sim free RRP is certainly noteworthy.

A new handset for the tweens?


Nokia N9 Ad

X5 via tinhte.com


June 14, 2010, 6:15 pm

I thought that N9 ad was still a rumour? Looks a bit unprofessional to me...


June 14, 2010, 6:19 pm

@drdark - the dedicated Nokia sites (poor things) are taking it as red. I'm not sure there's a great community for elaborate Nokia fakes, that's more an Apple fad. Though I stand to be corrected.


June 14, 2010, 6:49 pm

Haha, ok.

It looks a bit... I dunno, flat, after the N900.


June 14, 2010, 9:30 pm

There were plenty of fake Nokia leaks going around YouTube before the N8 came out. My favourite was probably the one which had something like a 5-inch touchscreen with an OLED panel built into the menu button, 18MP camera with xenon flash, and a dual-core CPU. This was last year. Madness.

I was pretty sure it was fake from the moment the backdrop appeared. That doodle motif is the branding used by the Symbian Foundation, the OS developer, not Nokia, the hardware company. It'd be doubly incorrect for it to appear on a Nokia, Meego handset.


June 14, 2010, 10:29 pm

I'm under the impression that the N9 is another Symbian ^3 Device, not a Meego one.

Peter 20

June 14, 2010, 10:33 pm

I'm going to add my 2 cents and say it's fake.

Digital Fury

June 14, 2010, 11:35 pm

Wow! I hope for Nokia that this is a fake, because otherwise it's really going down the tube as a phone maker.

Luan Bach

June 15, 2010, 1:47 am

It's not fake.

Sunny 1

June 15, 2010, 2:07 am

is there Anything we can't do?

make the video jitter free. lol


June 15, 2010, 2:01 pm

@Luan Bach: Ok. We believe you.

Mad Iguana

June 15, 2010, 2:19 pm

I'd guess that that probably will be what the N9 will look like, but I can't imagine that this is actually a genuine Nokia ad, and as has previously been pointed out, the doodly art style is the "look" of the Symbian foundation logos etc., and as such, even if this IS real, it is unlikely to be a Meego phone, and more likely to be S^3 (or even the first S^4 phone?).

If that does prove to be the design (whether because i'm wrong and the ad is real, or by coincidence), then it's pretty cool that the keyboard has 4 rows.

Interested to see how S^3 & 4 go down in the world.

Luan Bach

June 15, 2010, 9:36 pm

It's currently Maemo at the moment, at least the one I've got do, so I assume Meego will be the final OS. I haven't really play with it, got enough problems with the N8 to go looking for more.

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