My Dream Nokia Number 8 comes by way of Jim who found these concept MeeGo Phone Photos on the MeeGo forum. They’re designed by a guy called “SuperHero” who is an old user of Linux, the Nokia n900 and a programmer.
It is titled Nokia N9. There are no details other than what can be observed from design.
I think they look pretty slick. There are 9 images in total, one in particular showing the slide out QWERTY which is somewhat curved in action like early Xperias from Sony Ericsson though looking much nicer.
The screen seems huge, with near edge to edge, borderless display.
I don’t know what this is about but Adnan sent in a screenshot from @SimonLR who’s twitter says he’s tweeting from Nokia N9 and Nokia N9 Widget.
- -I’m just going to leave this tweet here and see what happens
- -There’s home screen widgets
- – This keyboard is spacious
- -Ovi Store doesn’t work
Simon’s friend, @MikeMacias: says:
I don’t know if @SimonLR got his hands on N9 today but don’t think he’d kid. Simon resigned from @mobile_fanatics and TMF doesn’t have it
Those tweets aren’t up any more. But plenty of people have seen it. Twitter fault/masking?
update: The original batch of tweets still there, sent 13h ago (hence why not in recent block of tweets).
- Nokia fans, save your money for the next few months
- Android and iOS don’t have shit on this. Not even close
Nokia’s MeeGo to have new UI Paradigm, break away from traditional like WP7; MeeGo will ship only when it is ready and AMAZING!
Marko Ahtisaari, Nokia SVP design speaks at Le Web conference about the new Nokia MeeGo UI. There’s also a Q&A and a little post interview video. In the Q&A when asked about when, and if better than iPhone, Marko says 2011, only when MeeGo and this supposed new paradigm or “pattern” in the UI is AMAZING! I’m so happy to hear that. I’ve maintained that unless MeeGo is remarkable/awesome it is fail. It can’t just be a catch up (which Marko talks about). Bring something new and innovate.
There’s a little bit of a transcript for the first video and a lot more for the second video which tells us a lot more about what’s coming in MeeGo and the general mobile environment, discussing WP7, iPhone and the Cupertino Distortion Field and Android. There’s the usual Nokia Android question which is not bluntly denied, opening the question (to me anyway) about WP7 on Nokia. We’ve already got a Nokia powered windows machine with Booklet 3G.
This is quite a long post but there’s quite a few nuggets of MeeGo info to digest. Read more…
Nokia N9 rumoured specs: 4.2″ AMOLED, 1600mAh, 190 Million Polygon/s power, 768MB RAM, 1GB ROM, 12MP
Some more MeeGo specification rumours are surfacing and this is somewhat hard to believe.
A conversation between @camb078 and @addiermedina reveals some exciting number crunching figures especially after an initial typo indicated 19M polygons/s, later corrected to an incredible 190 polygons/second. (The PS2 at 66M/S, PS3 at 275M/S, Wii ~ 100M/S, 360 at 300M/S, N8 at 35M/s). No details on the actual CPU/GPU.
Other supposed specs include
- 4.2″ AMOLED display (no info on resolution.)
- a new battery sporting apparently 1600mAh (B4-LD). Really? Could be a typo. If so, BL-4D is 1200mAh?
- 1GB ROM
- 768MB RAM
- 12 megapixel carl zeiss camera
Cheers Adnan for the heads up to mynokiablog.com/tips!
Intel Atom MeeGo Phone (and Tablet) Spotted! (Also N9 to come in keyboard and keyboardless variants? N9-00 and N9-01?)
This is the second(?) Intel MeeGo phone that’s graced my eyes, the first being from Aava Mobile with Moorsetown. The early N9 leaked proto photos as far as we know are ARM based though it is known that Nokia will make Intel based MeeGo devices too.
Whilst we’re on the subject of Nokia N9 apparently there is more than one Nokia MeeGo phone (Cheers Adnan for the heads up!). Over at Mobile Review Forum:
dsmobile, a reliable source mentions: I have seen 1 more phone with Meego. Damn I sure love that design may be even so much that I need to skip HW qwerty
When asked by Cod3rror :So they are preparing another device Meego with qwerty physics beyond N9?
dsmobile replies: hardware qwerty slider models never sell as good as candybar touch phones. Nokia needs to bring both models running with Meego if they want sell Meego OS. I am pretty sure both models will come on stores about same time.
Keyboard and keyboardless N9? A bit like the N8 and E7. Will keyboardless N9 get a super camera? At least xenon? Or just be slim to attract masses? For goodness sake please let us NOT have EDoF ever in Nseries.
A couple of days ago MyNokiaBlog.com reader, Marcin, mentioned the ST Ericsson U8500 for MeeGo
“ST-Ericsson U8500 Linaro and MeeGo 11.30 -12.10, November 16th, 2010 MeeGo Convergence Dublin:D”
Above is a video by Charbax fromarmdevices.net/ showing a reference design for U8500 with MeeGo on it (cheers to @Cambo078 for the find), which would apparently be suitable for tablets as well as phone. Products with U8500 expected first half of next year (Max Before July 2011). Would the Nokia N9 be one of them?
Another video below shares more info about the U8500 – this was shot back in February also by Charbax where the reference design devices had only Android and Symbian. U8500 is apparently up to 1.2GHz (Dual Core) with ARM Mali 400 GPU.
Check out the 720p 3D game rendering. Also look at that 1080p playback on Symbian.
It’s worth noting that Nokia MeeGo phones may also use Intel chips in future – but at the moment, ARM is the better choice for the first Nokia MeeGo phone (If I recall correctly).
What does the U8500 feature?
The U8500 is the first mobile platform with full High-Definition 1080 progressive-scan camcorder capabilities. With its combination of a dual-core SMP processor and a high-end 3D graphics accelerator, the U8500 enables a full web-browsing experience for next-generation smartphones.
- Full HD 1080p camcorder, multiple codecs supported
(H264 HP, VC-1, MPEG-4)
- High-resolution, touchscreen display support up to XGA (1024*768)
- Simultaneous dual display support
- High performance 3D graphics, support for
OpenVG 1.1 and OpenGL ES 2.0
- Dual camera support with Integrated ISP 18 Mpixel and 5 Mpixel
- Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS enabled platform
- Built-in USB 2.0, HDMI out
- Support for multiple operating systems, Symbian, Android
and Linux-based platforms
- Optional support for mobile TV standards
- Highly efficient, low-power ARM dual Cortex™- A9 processor
- Dual multimedia DSP for low-power, flexible media processing
- High-bandwidth LP-DDR2 interface
- ARM Mali™ 400 GPU and NEON®CPU extensions
- State-of-the-art HSPA (High-Speed Packet Access) Release 7 modem
- Unique audio architecture with a wide range of audio codecs supported
- Advanced power saving architecture enabling class-leading audio and video playback times
More ARM stuff
Whilst we’re on the topic of ARM Cortex A9 let’s check out how:
NVidia Tegra2 ARM Cortex A9 shows that a dual core performs up to 50% faster in rendering pages compared with ARM Cortex A9 with one of the cores disabled.
Here’s the Mali 400 GPU in action (but on the Samsung Orion ARM Cortex A9)
Finally from Nufront, their ARM Cortex A9 can run at 2GHz for Laptop and Desktop usage. There’s a fan going on with this one to cool down the chip. They say in the production you won’t need that (I think that’s what they said). This one powers Ubuntu 10.10 and Quake 3.
My Dream Nokia #3 – response to the “My Dream Nokia” idea from Alberto:
“My dream’s nokia may be the N9-01 : a N900 in better (better hardware, alu casing, bigger screen, and MeeGo”
His dream specs are on the side but just to reiterate:
- MeeGo 1.2
- Dual Core 1GHz
- 1GB RAM
- 64GB Internal
- Micro-SD Reader
- Physical Keyboard
- Spaced Keys
- Sensitive Pad
- No keys on the front
- Hard keys for +/0 and camera
- Face Cam 5MP
- Rear Cam 12MP
- Camera Lens Cover (Very, very important feature now realising what I’ve missed. So easy to wash out photos, especially with bright flash when there’s a smudge on the camera glass)
- 4 LED Flash (ooh quadflash again? No one seems to be a fan of the Xenon. Then again, I do miss that spontaneous LED torch. But Not so much as blurry people pics :p)
- Aluminium casing (Early N9 leak has that single aluminium macbook pro look)
- CBD 4.1″ 1280X720X32 (Where’s the 32? I’ve always envisioned that the surrounding side border around the phone could form some touch input – no actual buttons needed. Or that around the screen are a few SEPARATE pixels that would truly make it borderless but still be functional in certain situations where you might need that border.)
- LED Notification on the front (OH Real N9, you must have this like the N900. It’s unbelievably useful)
- Resistive but multitouch (uh oh – controversial. Die Hard N900 fans would agree. Well this is Thomas’ own Dream Nokia)
- Very Strong Front Surface
- Dolby Surround. Jack 3.5 Audio Out
- Wireless HDMI
- Micro USB + HOST + OTG
- 4000 mAh battery (AMEN! But I doubt we’ll ever get more than 1500mAh for any Nokia Phone given current size constraints from Nok)
- Bluetooth 4.0
- WiFi N
- LTE Support
The good thing is, a lot of these specs (bar a few such as battery capacity) are actually physically possible right now.
Very early Nokia MeeGo UI worth posting. Even if it doesn’t improve from this I’d be impressed.
About “My Dream Nokia”
I’m sure you’ve dreamt up your PERFECT Nokia phone. What it would look like, what it would feel like, what features it would have. Why don’t you share it with the world? Or at least with other Nokia fans .
It could be your own photoshopped or rendered work (seriously, you don’t need mega skills in either, basic paint job is often enough to convey a concept) of your dream product.
SEND this in similarly to firstname.lastname@example.org with the title “My Dream Nokia” and perhaps the model number (and a little description, maybe a few specs in the message area? Though this bit not necessary).
Who knows, maybe an image might flutter over to Nokia and through whatever route end up being real.