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Touchscreen devices eschews "home" button for swipe gesture

After a string of bad press, Nokia is looking to change the conversation with an innovative new smartphone it announced today.

The Nokia N9 is a 3.9-inch, fully touchscreen smartphone made from a single piece of polycarbonate that flows into curved glass. 

And "fully touchscreen" means that there isn't even a home button on the device. Rather, it has been replaced with a swipe gesture from the edge of the display that takes you home.

"We innovated in the design of the hardware and software together. We reinvented the home key with a simple gesture: a swipe from the edge of the screen. The experience sets a new bar for how natural technology can feel," said Nokia's Design Head Marko Ahtisaari in the press release. "The details that make the Nokia N9 unique - the industrial design, the all-screen user experience, and the expressive Qt framework for developers - will evolve in future Nokia products."

Nokia claims that the innovative new design is aimed at making three things easier: using apps, staying up to date with notifications and social networks, and switching between activities.

The N9 also comes equipped with free turn-by-turn navigation, NFC compatibility, and an 8-megapixel Carl Zeiss camera with wide-angle lens. True HD 16:9 video capture and playback is also supported. 

The device will come in three colors — black, cyan, and magenta — and in 16GB and 64GB sizes.

Pricing and availability of the N9 was not immediately announced, although Nokia said it would be in stores later this year.

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Missing features
By mavricxx on 6/21/2011 8:22:09 AM , Rating: 2
This is a super sexy phone but it needs a front facing cam. I would like to see HD front facing cams finally added on smartphones for better picture quality. Also, I really would like Microsoft to fix that issue with the MicroSD cards, where it only uses "Microsoft Approved" expansion cards.

RE: Missing features
By ipay on 6/21/2011 8:58:50 AM , Rating: 2
This phone has a front facing cam but it's not hd.
If no phone has an HD facing cam (which is bad idea at the moment - not really necessary & expensive) is it really a missing feature?

This seems like a really good phone for entertainment - usb on-the-go, tv-out, 1GB ram, first with Dolby technology.
My doubts focus on the style of the phone and the OS Meego (never work with it) and I'm a little concerned that the CPU and GPU wouldn't cut it for long, at least for the (probably big) price they will ask for it.
But if it can, as it appears, output flawlessly a big 720p movie than I'm game (actually I'm not, cus mine has only 1 year, but one can dream).

RE: Missing features
By Flunk on 6/21/11, Rating: -1
RE: Missing features
By Flunk on 6/21/2011 9:55:26 AM , Rating: 2
Oops, Meego not Symbian. The QT reference threw me off.

RE: Missing features
By mooty on 6/21/2011 12:27:42 PM , Rating: 2
What's so important about a front facing cam? I never understood the reason to have one.

RE: Missing features
By koenshaku on 6/21/2011 12:38:47 PM , Rating: 5
The importance is that other handset's have it, if someone asks me if my my phone has a front facing camera and theirs has one I will be jealous. Like the 600mhz processor in here if someone comes to me with a dualcore 1.2ghz even if it still proforms well at 600mhz its 600mhz! I hope nokia doesn't release their WP7 at 800mhz I would cry because I am looking forward to buying one.

RE: Missing features
By Treckin on 6/21/2011 12:41:56 PM , Rating: 1
wow thats why you buy shit!!

RE: Missing features
By ZmaxDP on 6/21/2011 8:45:14 PM , Rating: 2
He wants the one with the bigger GBs...

Peer Pressure = failboat...

RE: Missing features
By Souka on 6/21/2011 1:59:01 PM , Rating: 2
Front facing cam = sex chat....


RE: Missing features
By Omega215D on 6/21/2011 4:28:04 PM , Rating: 2
I actually will have plans to use video chat in the future so just because you don't see a point others do.

RE: Missing features
By Souka on 6/21/2011 5:06:41 PM , Rating: 2
Are you cute? (see my comment above)

RE: Missing features
By Omega215D on 6/21/2011 5:32:57 PM , Rating: 2
My friend is moving to Hong Kong to start his teaching job. I will be moving to California to start police academy. We're both from NYC and he'll be getting rid of his current cell phone and using skype for a while.

Video chatting would be great to show him my new home and he to show me his and just see each other again from time to time.

RE: Missing features
By akse on 6/22/2011 1:49:07 AM , Rating: 2
HD front facing camera and 3G networks? The image would anyways be heavily packed. Maybe in WLAN it could be utilized.

swipe gesture from the edge of the display
By Pirks on 6/21/11, Rating: 0
RE: swipe gesture from the edge of the display
By ICBM on 6/21/2011 3:22:47 PM , Rating: 2
You mean Palm don't you?

RE: swipe gesture from the edge of the display
By Pirks on 6/21/2011 5:06:18 PM , Rating: 2
Wow, didn't know Palm is making tablets... oh wait...

RE: swipe gesture from the edge of the display
By Omega215D on 6/21/2011 5:42:40 PM , Rating: 2
HP took over that department.

RE: swipe gesture from the edge of the display
By Pirks on 6/21/2011 6:56:12 PM , Rating: 2
Well, so HP is ripping off RIM Playbook then, since Playbook is out and HP tablet is not yet

RE: swipe gesture from the edge of the display
By Omega215D on 6/21/2011 7:05:12 PM , Rating: 2
No, HP is just working upon Palm's WebOS from the Pre days.

RE: swipe gesture from the edge of the display
By Pirks on 6/21/2011 7:22:23 PM , Rating: 2
There are no swipe up/down the bezel gestures in WebOS to bring up home screen and app menu, this is done only by RIM

By MrFord on 6/22/2011 11:08:31 AM , Rating: 2
Yes there is, swipe up for the app menu to appear.

By really on 6/21/2011 12:05:57 PM , Rating: 2
No one else thinks this looks like an over-sized Nano? I wonder how long it will take for Apple to sue them.

RE: Nano
By Omega215D on 6/21/2011 5:41:41 PM , Rating: 3
Nokia sued Apple for patent infringements. In fact none of the Nokia phones look anything like Apple stuffs anyway, just a variation on their previous designs.

RE: Nano
By themaster08 on 6/22/2011 2:27:07 AM , Rating: 2
Absolutely. It's evident the design for the N9 is based on that of the N8.

By eldardude on 6/21/2011 1:30:34 PM , Rating: 2
Anyone can explain how's Meego better than Android or iOS? Genuinely curious.

RE: Pros?
By themaster08 on 6/21/2011 5:28:28 PM , Rating: 3
Well just a couple of things off the top of my head:

Pre-emptive multitasking which works extremely well. Also Nokia's navigation software is second to none.

I would suggest that you take a quick look at some videos on YouTube to get a feel for the OS itself. I personally like it. It looks clean and consistent, whilst at the same time allowing for enough customisation to make it a viable alternative to Android.

RE: Pros?
By Omega215D on 6/21/2011 5:37:26 PM , Rating: 2
I enjoy almost all mobile OSes equally (save for Blackberry) and would really like to experience this version of MeeGo first hand. Plus I think the black Nokia phone looks very clean and professional.

I had an iPhone 4 which I liked but didn't care for it on a day to day. Android on my Thunderbolt is great for what I do and am looking to see how Mango fares on WP 7. Still waiting for that HP Pre 3 with new and improved WebOS.

Old Hardware
By Aikouka on 6/21/2011 11:42:19 AM , Rating: 2
What I found most interesting about the phone is that while it looks rather nice overall, it features fairly antiquated hardware: TI's OMAP 3630 & PowerVR SGX 530 -- the equivalent of a Droid 2. If they attempt to price it as a budget phone, that might be a smart move (nice looks + good price), but if it's $200 (with contract)... I'm not sure that would turn out well.

RE: Old Hardware
By akse on 6/22/2011 1:59:44 AM , Rating: 3
It wont probably even appear on US carriers.. So just buy one without contract if you want :)

Old hardware maybe. I think it has the highest resolution AMOLED screen so far. 1Ghz OMAP processor and 1GB RAM should be enough with efficient OS like Meego. All the transitions and such are accelerated by the GPU. The DSP in OMAP takes care of video and image processing.

This is Meego?
By 2ManyOptions on 6/21/2011 12:03:31 PM , Rating: 2
Does this run on Meego? How could they not give this vital piece of information while they talk features? Except the lack of front facing camera, this does look amazing.

RE: This is Meego?
By Creamy Goodness on 6/21/2011 12:27:44 PM , Rating: 2
It's Harmattan, Nokia's version of MeeGo that isn't quite officially MeeGo at this time.
It does have a front cam, just can't be seen in those renders.

I'll give it one thing...
By Micronite on 6/21/2011 10:51:35 AM , Rating: 1
At least it looks cool.

Too bad the hardware in it has been in other phones for over a year.

RE: I'll give it one thing...
By Zarsky on 6/23/2011 1:52:10 PM , Rating: 2
Old hardware doesn't matter if it works fluidly.

The main attraction for me at least is the Meego OS, with look very simple and fast to use.

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