The much-hyped and the first and possibly the last MeeGo running handset from Nokia, the N9, is now shipping to retail stores in some regions of the world. It was around a couple of weeks ago, that the Finnish giant started taking pre-orders for the N9.
The N9 sports a 3.9-inch AMOLED display, with FWVGA (480×854) resolution. The handset is powered by a dated 1GHz processor from OMAP, along with a PowerVR SGX530 GPU. There is also 1GB of RAM, along with 16-64GB of on-board memory.
While the hardware of the N9 is nothing to talk about, it’s the OS the phone is running on, which is creating all the hype. Early previews and hands-on of the MeeGo OS suggests that the OS is very polished, and should have arrived much earlier. In fact, many people think that Nokia should not abandon MeeGo for WP7.
Nokia also confirmed in a blog post that they will be supporting N9 via software updates, and apps. The company has setup a dedicated programme so that both, quality and quantity, of apps are available for the N9.
The N9 also comes pre-installed with many popular apps including Angry Birds, Wi-Fi hotspot, and integrated support for all the various IMs and services including GTalk, Skype, Picasa and Flickr.
The estimated retail price for the 16GB model is EUR 480, with the top-end 64GB model costing EUR 560, which is quite steep. Hopefully, the price of the N9 will fall to reasonable levels after a month or so of its launch.