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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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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.

"Nowadays you can buy a CPU cheaper than the CPU fan." -- Unnamed AMD executive
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