Nokia announced the Nokia N9 at the Nokia Connection event in Singapore today. Take a look at the image above you will notice that there are no buttons on the interface. This is first-ever pure touch smartphone. Navigating the UI is done with a simple gesture, a swipe of a finger. Let’s have a closer look at what the Nokia N9 is bringing to the game.
I love the design of N9 than any other smartphones out there. Its beautiful, its sleek, its thin and lightweight and its fantastic! The phone is made of a plastic/resin polymer — it’s a similar material to that used in Finland’s ice hockey helmets, Nokia says. The benefits of this polymer resin come down to the lack of metal — which Nokia says contributes to a great RF response, and a unibody with no moving parts and no paint that can get scratched (the pigment is throughout the resin, so a scratch won’t show an underlying, unpainted colour).
The large, 3.9 inch curved glass AMOLED display lets the applications shine and take full benefit of the user interface. Thanks to the innovative laminated display technology, it looks like applications are literally floating on top of the screen. The Nokia N9 comes in three colours: black, cyan and magenta and with large storage capacities of 16GB and 64GB on the two variants to be made available.
The 8MP auto focus camera with Carl Zeiss optics, dual LED flash and super wide 28mm lens works faster from start to capture than any other smartphone camera in the market. HD video and true 16:9 resolution photos are supported. You can share your photos via MMS, email, NFC and many online services including Flickr and Facebook.
Dolby Headphone and Dolby Digital Plus support on the Nokia N9 turns regular stereo audio into personal surround sound on any headphones – first on any mobile phone.
N9 supports NFC technology which means you can share content like photos or business cards via NFC. According to latest trends you can pay at NFC supported merchant outlets with N9. Nokia makes pairing between NFC enabled devices very easy. You pair only once and after that connect to the device with a single touch to transfer data.
The main interface is a wall of app icons, which Nokia calls the App Grid. Swipe left from the right edge of the screen inwards, and you’ll see a Multi-tasking screen. Swipe right from the left edge of the screen, and you’ll see a Notifications screen.
The Multi-tasking screen shows thumbnails of each running app in a grid view. You can view the open apps as a 3×3 view or zoom into a 2-app wide version that gives a clear view of each screen. Apps are arranged in a order so that most recently used app appear on top of older apps. You can listen to your music tracks running in the background while you are working on other parts.
Nokia N9 will have most popular game and my favorite Angry Birds pre-installed.
Nokia is planning to launch N9 in September and will be available in New Zealand. As of now, no hints about price but given set of features it should be around $700. You can find the product specifications in the data sheet.