Fans of the MeeGo platform, it’s time to get all excited. The Nokia N9, which could be Nokia’s first and final MeeGo device before the company adopts Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform, is set for release later this year. And according to Nokia’s Swedish site, its launch could be as soon as next month.
The webpage dedicated to the upcoming N9 on Nokia’s Swedish site now features a countdown timer that will end on September 23 — finally confirming the device’s release date (in one country at least). It’s currently unclear whether this date will apply to the rest of Europe, but for Sweden, the N9 is now just 48 days away. As for you guys in the U.S., Nokia has previously suggested that the device may not reach American shores at all.
Will the device be worth the wait for you MeeGo fans? Well, let’s take a look at its ingredients. The N9 will sport a 3.9-inch curved glass AMOLED display, which is 0.4 inches bigger than the iPhone 4‘s Retina display, but 0.4 inches smaller than Samsung’s new Galaxy S II smartphone. Just like the Samsung, the N9 features an 8-megapixel camera, and also packs a 1GHz ARM processor and 1GB of RAM. The device will be available in three colors: black, cyan and magenta; and will be available with either 16GB or 32GB of storage.
The N9 is Nokia’s most advanced phone for some time, with a completely button-free design that relies on touch input alone. It’s also Nokia’s first smartphone to support NFC. That’s a specifications list which, I’m sure you’ll agree, will give the MeeGo platform a good send off — if indeed it is Nokia’s last MeeGo device. However, the have been rumors that the company is working on a MeeGo-powered tablet that it hopes will do battle with the iPad.
Do you think Nokia’s first and final MeeGo device will be a success, or is it destined to fail with Nokia’s short-lived support for the platform?