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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