Nokia N9 Review: First impressions on specs

By Jamie Pert - Jun 22, 2011

Over the years Nokia’s grasp on the high-end smartphone market has slipped noticeably, many think that Nokia’s fondness of Symbian is one of the reasons for this, therefore we are excited to introduce you to the MeeGo-based Nokia N9.

Recently Nokia officially unveiled information regarding the N9, to be honest with you most of the interest is surrounding the software, however today we are going to look at the smartphone’s technical specifications. The N9 features a 3.9-inch AMOLED display which offers a resolution of 854×480 (WVGA), this display is slightly curved and protected by Gorilla glass. In terms of performance hardware there are both good and bad points, it features the ARM Cortex-A8 SoC which consists of a single-core 1GHz OMAP3630 processor and the PowerVR SGX530 GPU, this is backed up by 1024MB of RAM, which sounds great, however we have to remember that this smartphone runs MeeGo 1.2 Harmattan, which is somewhat of an unknown entity at present.

Other specs worth mentioning include the fact that there will be 16GB and 64GB variants on offer, there is an 8 megapixel camera on the rear which features a wide-angle Carl Zeiss lens and dual LED flashes, this is capable of 720p video recording (at 30fps), also there is front-facing camera, however we do not know what resolution this will be.

In terms of ports and connectivity the N9 will connect to the following cellular networks: Pentaband WCDMA 850, 900, 1900, 1700, 2100, Quad band SM/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900, also you will be able to connect to HSDPA Cat10 (14.4Mbps) and HSUPA: Cat6 (5.76Mbps) networks. As you would expect you get WiFi b/g/n, a 3.5mm AV connector, GPS, A-GPS, a micro USB connector and Bluetooth 2.1, Nokia has also thrown in NFC.

There are also two things which aren’t worth going into a huge amount details about but still worth mentioning, these are its anti-glare coating on the display and the fact that when using headphones stereo sound will be turned into Dolby Digital Plus audio. Finally it is worth knowing that there will be three color options available to you, these are cyan, magenta or black, you can see full tech specs here (PDF File).

Do you think the Nokia N9 will be a success? We think it could well be a step in the right direction.

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  • I think Nokia really need this phone out there now. The N8 is becoming a laughing stock specs-wise compared to products like the Samsung Galaxy S II and the HTC Sensation. And with this phone only being a single core phone at 1GHz, it is trailing behind before it even gets to market. Nokia should do a re-think and at least back the product by giving it a dual core processor and Full-HD video capture and playback, so that at least by doing so it will be on par with competing products. Let’s not forget the fruit-cultists will be worshipping the iPhone5 later this year, and if this is the only phone Nokia have to answer with, they will be doomed. I like the idea of ditching Symbian, but I don’t like the idea of using mostly end of 2010 components in the phone.