Layman’s take on possibly Nokia N9

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Whole world seems to discussing whether Nokia N8 is worth waiting for or why not to wait for Nokia N8 or how much true signal problems of iPhone 4 is and if that was not enough then Symbian or MeeGo kind of caused a bit of stir in mobile freak blogger community. In the meanwhile something old surfaces with real wings this time and surprisingly we are not that much discussing about it, coz we don’t even know the name… Is it real? Are they really waiting for Nokia World 2010 or something else might be a possibility?


For me Nokia N82, Nokia E52, Nokia E72 and Nokia N900 been the best shots from Nokia in their respective areas till date and now much of the expectations are being mounted on next coming Nokia N8, a complete touch screen phone with 12 MP Camera, 3.5” Capacitive screen and a brand new sleek look of Nokia for touch devices that were meant to bulky only from Nokia till now. But what happened to the device with 4” Capacitive screen and 4-row keypad that been rumored since long???

After the exclusive leak from Negri Electronics Blog, I am sure that most of the blogging community is waiting for this giant to be announced in Nokia World 2010, but perhaps I have a different opinion here and I think that it might be less likely that it would be announced in Nokia World 2010, at least with this specs. Let’s see why …

It was made to be Nokia N98 not N8-1 as being said: The presence of just 8MP camera without Carl Zeiss, existence of old OS in prototype, name in firmware as N-Series and not being announced even after being rumored since long when no one had even a slightest idea about Nokia N8, sure hints that it started before N8 or even since when the new naming conventions started.

The theory get supported by the fact that whenever a series get elevated in model numbers, then the specs been always upgraded almost without exception.. we got no Xenon in case of Nokia N86 but it was a better 8MP camera with Geo-tagging support, though here in this case, we find a different pattern, which kind of convince me that we are not going to get this beast with current specs displayed.


It has a look like N8, it has a marvelously built keypad, it has bigger 4” screen, it has capacitive touch, it has nHD Display (640 X 360), it has front LEDs, it has HDMI Out.. means everything either equal or better than coming Nokia N8, so qualifies for being Nokia N9… right?? But wait… no signs of Dolby Audio, 8 MP non-Xenon Camera sure hints that it can’t be a Nokia N9 for sure. Then what it is?

Things suggest that it was a successor to Nokia N97 and was expected to be launched just after Nokia N900 with probably Symbian^1 at that time, but continuous and unexpectedly harsh comments over Nokia N97 kept Nokia on back foot and scared about launching this one.

Nokia took its time to find issues with Nokia N97 and figured out that it wont be a good thing to release such a powerful thing (it would have been Nokia’s first capacitive screen otherwise) with a much criticized OS. That explains the surprisingly long delay before launching any actual flagship model after their Nokia N97 Classic. They wanted to launch this, but were forced to take a U-turn as they didn’t expected Nokia N97 to fail this much miserably and that came to disrupt all the plans.

Why I am saying that they can’t release it in current specs?

Reason is the same as I explained in above paras. It doesn’t fit into naming scheme of Nokia. Its not one of the X-series that showing up with frustrate looking bulky model, neither it can be a C-Series that it being expected as Cheap series. Even video in the firmware suggest that it was a N-Series (Don’t go over printed C-0, all protos get mentioned like this), but lack of megapixels in camera mark it as not more than a N7, but then that should not have a 4” Capacitive screen neither a better OS (Nokia already said that next N-Series Symbian might be only Symbian^4 or MeeGo).

So, for sake of consistency, I am expecting them to upgrade the camera, place the Xenon inside and then working over MeeGo inside, only then it makes sense to call it a Nokia N9 as I doubt if the current version with Negri, has Bluetooth 3.0 inside, I say its not there (let Negri confirm that), but before that there seems no chance of this set to see official limelight.

That would be another question that geeks will wish Nokia N8 or this one with a bigger screen and keypad? For me, its awesome and bound to attract more geeks than Nokia N900… sure much of beauty than bulky Nokia N900 with the same amazing keypad. What do you think? Tell me…