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Nokia N9 rumoured specs: 4.2″ AMOLED, 1600mAh, 190 Million Polygon/s power, 768MB RAM, 1GB ROM, 12MP

December 4, 2010 80 comments

Based on alex68's comments N9 does not look like this anymore.

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!

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ARM Based MeeGo Nokia Tablet, Z500 is out to the world?

June 21, 2010 22 comments

From 2006 the Nokia 770 -4" WVGA resolution, crazy, that'll never take off.

Reports are now spreading that Nokia are “following” Apple and making a tablet.

These trace back to a Digitimes research analyst who says

“Talking with upstream component makers, the analyst pointed out that Nokia has already completed about 100 engineering samples ready for testing. The tablet PC’s panel size will be either 7- or 9-inch and manufactured by Foxconn International Holdings (FIH), the Hong Kong-listed handset subsidiary of Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry), the analyst noted.”

And Eldar (who says he isn’t a Nokia hater but always slates Nokia at every moment possible – sometimes it’s warranted, most times it’s just unecessary, e.g. below) confirms the existance of a Nokia tablet.

Also remember that when Eldar bashed the N8’s camera, his “acquired proto” N8 was very different. Amongst other things, MR’s N8 didn’t even have the proper camera of the current (and soon retail) Nokia N8.

Unless Z500 is the name of the tablet, is Eldar referring to the aged Intel Atom Z500? But It’s already supposedly going to be ARM based. Unless there’s another Z500 non MeeGo Nokia tablet or it is on Sseries (S500?)

Stefan from intomobile mocks the idea of a Nokia tablet as their netbook Booklet 3G didn’t really fly that well with consumers. The latter was much too expensive for that category of product but with too little RAM (1GB instead of 2). Such a shame as it was Apple grade in terms of build – and that’s according to several macbook pro owners. That said, Stefan admits he isn’t a fan of the iPad either.

For the masses, a Nokia MeeGo tablet could really fly if priced adequately with competitive features. (As for MeeGo tablets in general, we’ll be seeing plenty from other manufacturers too, pushing Intel hardware. There’s already at least 4 showcased.). A tablet form factor is a great way to consume online media and be immersed in digital entertainment.

As for the ecosystem, developing for MeeGo is made easy and attractive with Qt. Not only does it mean cross platform across MeeGo phones, tablets, netbooks and other devices but other operating systems too, not just Symbian but potentially Android, Window and Mac as long as Qt is used. There’s massive support behind MeeGo, not just Nokia and Intel, but other big industry players too  (Acer, Asus, Cisco, BMW, Gameloft etc)

Photos: The Nokia Swivel QWERTY phone – The E81? (clone) Nokia 7705 Twist

August 16, 2009 6 comments

ESWIVBack in April, there were some rumours on an upcoming E-series swivel phone with QWERTY. The image on the left was a of a mock-up based on BGR sources’ first hand impression.

Hideous was the first word to pop into my mind. Next were horrendous monstrosity. But then again, it is just a mock-up. The actual leaked photos of the Nokia N900/Rover/RX-51 looked completely different and utterly beautiful compared to Mobile Crunch’s render (when closed anyway). Was there hope for the same in this swivel QWERTY?

All we could do was wait for Nokia to announce it or leak some pics.

Well, Chinese knock-offs have got there first. We shouldn’t be surprised in clones appearing before the original even had confirmation of existing – the same people that brought us the NokLa E97 (simply based on a concept design by Fabien Nauroy) has produced the NokLa E81.

Admittedly, this 90 degree QWERTY swivel phone doesn’t look half bad. It’s petite and quite feminine looking, especially with that mirror thing going on. Plus the owner could probably wear it as a necklace (just put a chain through the swivel hole), not to mention that there’s something girly about being a swivel form factor (ha, or maybe it’s just because the last swivel was the effeminate 7373?)

UPDATE 24-08-09: This maybe the Nokia 7705 – Check out more details via The Nokia Blog or BGR

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The actual swivel qwerty from Nokia is rumoured to running only S40.

M8Cool via JustAMP via Engadget

UPDATE: This maybe the Nokia 7705 – Check out more details via The Nokia Blog

Nokia N97 Mini (NXX/N97i/N97 Lite?) coming Q4 2009?

August 2, 2009 4 comments

Back in mid-June, rumours had started to trickle around about the “N97 Mini” coming to our shores soon via Vodafone. No images or details were given, except that it was apparently going to be “competitively priced” and could be available later this year.

Recently, photos have been circulating of that supposed N97 Mini, yet it seems no one is either sure if they’re real or what the exact specifications are.

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N97 Mini features the same slick flick-tilt-slide of the N97; this feature has never failed to impress friends/family, particularly when they don’t know about that hidden keyboard and then suddenly discover it, “ooh, it looks like a tiny laptop!“. Their only concern was the size and the price – May have been deal breakers for other potential N97 owners, possibly something the N97 mini will fix?

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Image from blog-n97.fr via engadget

This device is only fractionally smaller than the original N97 itself, but with smaller display, missing D-Pad, an E-series like back and a missing lens cover.

N97 Mini Specifications.

Official full specification is unknown.

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via blogn97.fr

Gleaned from the specs bar, the specification of the N97 Mini/NXX is pretty much the same as the N97.

  • Slide/Tilt form factor (Same as N97)
  • 8GB internal memory (N97 has 32GB)
  • 5MP Auto Focus Carl Zeiss Lens, no lens cover (N97 has possibly same 5MP camera, but with lens cover)
  • nHD 3.2″ touch screen (N97 has nHD – (640×360), but at 3.5″)
  • A-GPS (Same as N97)
  • Bluetooth 2.0 (Same as N97)
  • 3G HSDPA (Same as N97)
  • USB 2.0 (Same as N97)
  • FM RDS  (Same as N97)
  • QWERTY keyboard (N97 has QWERTY keyboard also, but different arrangement)
  • Battery capacity unconfirmed (N97 has 1500 mAh)
  • Compass feature unconfirmed(N97 has compass)
  • Micro SD slot unconfirmed (N97 has microSD slot for expansion under the battery cover)
  • CPU unconfirmed (N97 has single CPU 434Mhz Arm 11)
  • RAM unconfirmed (N97 has 128MB RAM, around 40MB at startup)
  • OS unconfirmed – (possibly still Symbian S60 5th Edition like N97)

If you’re considering whether to either get the N97 or the N97 Mini, the biggest deciding factor could be whether the N97 Mini will have a faster CPU and more RAM than current N97.

It’s not just a numbers game – faster CPU will give the device legs to run for the long term, i.e. 434Mhz may be enough for the N97 when it was released, but what about several months down the line when there are more resource intensive applications?e.g. for when it can be upgraded to Symbian^2?

Additionally, for true multitasking, we need adequate amounts of RAM. It’s no good having to manually close one app just to run a new one. Let users close the apps in their own time, not as a RAM limitation

Just what is the “N97 mini” trying to be?

  • A smaller N97? Current N97 may be a tad large for some.
  • A cheaper N97? QWERTY Nseries for the masses? Smaller screen, “only” 8GB mass memory
  • An improved N97? Fix previous hardware niggles, capacitive display, faster CPU, more RAM, better speakers?

Smaller Screen, no D-Pad, no lens cover.

The move from 3.5″ to 3.2″ has not given the “N97 Mini” the reduction the rumoured name implies. Side to side, they look pretty identical, with any actual size loss requiring scrutiny with a ruler. (Width maybe slightly more obvious and overall, the accumulated reduction may prove a more comfortable fit in the hand)

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image via blog-n97.fr

Unless the “N97 mini” is sporting a capacitive display, the reduction in screen size indicates an attempt to cut down on production cost. In terms of screen usability, the move “down” to 3.2 may not be too terrible. The 5800 has an identical size, and the Palm Pre seems to have an acceptable 3.1″ touch display. If Nokia were looking to just condense the N97, they could have kept the 3.5″ screen but scraped off some space wastage left and right of the screen, removed the D-Pad and centred the QWERTY (and thus spacebar too). Check out this crude MS-Paint job below.

Nokia n97iIn addition to a smaller screen, the “mini” also has lost the D-pad and lens cover. On this instance, such removal might actually have been necessary.

  • D-pad was never taken advantage of in the N97, (the only real use could have been in gaming), in every other situation, having to use the D-Pad hindered the progress of the touch UI. e.g. for precision web browsing, as fingers often wrongly clicked links. However, we do still get a more traditional 4-button arrow keys placed on the right hand side.
  • Lens Cover – usually I would never condone removal of one, but too many N97 users have reported self harming/self-scratching N97 lens covers so this may provide a solution for them. Even if it never scratched one single N97, that slide mechanism needed improvement anyway, as it looses it’s springiness as it gathers dust, eventually becoming a pain to open/close. There are plenty of camera phones without lens covers, so this probably won’t even be considered as missing. Anything other than a complete alteration to the lens cover would have been inadequate.

On another note, no lens cover = torch app becomes easier to use. Also, with the Dual LED moved further away from the lens, you should be less likely to see light bleeding washing out your low light pictures.

Keyboard Rearrangement

The culprit for why the N97 Mini is still long, despite having a smaller screen is the QWERTY keyboard. Although the Mini does away with the D-Pad, it doesn’t just shift the remaining QWERTY to the left. Instead of having 11 keys on a row, now there’s 13. (38 buttons in total, compared to 34 in the original N97)

  • The D-Pad becomes traditional arrow keys, placed on the right for more convenient use with just your right hand.
  • Number shift key has moved to the left
  • Symbols key moved to the left
  • An additional dedicated buttons for full stop. Apostrophe and comma have been also separated! They should have never been put on the same button in the original N97 in the first place!
  • Certain secondary function symbols have been moved around, e.g. “:” is now with “.” instead of K. Quotation marks are with L instead of B, etc.

N97i keyboard

Hopefully, these keys have much better tactile feedback than what many N97 users are reporting. Although some fault maybe due to poor batches (black N97 perhaps better or Finland made N97 better?), we need to know the keys have been pressed. Right now, the only solution for me is to have keypad tones turned on – something I’ve always turned off in every other phone I have ever owned.

Expectations

The N97 mini is not at all what I had imagined. I thought the next iteration of the N97 bloodline would either have been the keyboardless, faster, slimmer N97 with same 3.5″ screen, same internal features, possibly with xenon flash and improved camera, as seen in a video interview with Nokia Designer Axel Meyer.

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Nokia and touch UI fully realised?

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Super Slim N97, hehe.

Perhaps the mini isn’t so much a successor, but a quick fix. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised really. We all guessed that Nokia would potentially release an “i” version (or Mini in this case), which basically attempts to address issues that should have been sorted out in the first place. Maybe it was a good idea to have smaller screen/less mass memory so it isn’t completely superior to the original N97.

When will it be officially announced – Nokia World in Sept 2nd 09 maybe the right timing. Announce and release the mini early and ride the media attention created for the N97.

For Nokia’s sake, I hope this is one of those interim solutions to maintain buzz on Nokia whilst they prepare something insanely good for 2010. Revved up N900/Rover anyone?

Image via Blog-N97.fr (I can’t seem to find the actual post)

Rumours: Ultimate Nokia Cameraphone, 12MP and Optical zoom coming early 2010

July 1, 2009 4 comments

nzAccording to PhoneReport.info, 2010 will be the year Nokia will “surprise the market with its offerings”. It bloody better be! 🙂

First on the device list maybe wielding a 12mp with optical zoom. Whilst 12MP is not anything new, with the Satio from Sony Ericsson coming in October and from Samsung, the M8920 and Pixon 12, the Nokia and Carl Zeiss relationship should ensure that consumers aren’t being fooled by numbers, and are actually getting effective use of each and every pixel, e.g. the slow entrant N86, has been shown to be a great performer in all but the lowest lighting conditions.

Some basic things this supposed 12MP shooter needs:

  • Xenon Flash! I need not start on why.
  • dedicated camera/video SWITCH. A physical switch is better than a button, as you can set the camera to how you want it to start, rather than having to starting on the wrong format and being forced to switch to the other.
  • Media button. Quick gallery access from anywhere in  your smartphone. No wading through menus.
  • Improved camera interface. If this 12MP phone is going to have touch screen, it needs to revamp the Imaging UI to take advantage of “buttons” capable of being anywhere, so image settings can be changed with minimal screen tapping.

On the wish list, but not essential:

  • Large screen, 3.5″ minimum, optimally, touch.
  • 16:9 photos (with the whole screen as view finder, and camera settings laid on top)
  • Optical zooming during video
  • HD video
  • Tap-autofocus (if touch screen)
  • Automatic macro
  • Dual LED for video. Though I’ve found it much more useful as a torch – and they make for really good torches.
  • Smoother video zooming.
  • Faster sequence “burst” modes.
  • Slim body. Nothing too anorexic, but nothing fat like the N93.
  • Autofocus during video
  • Macro mode during Video
  • DLNA

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As Meraj Chhaya notes, it’s possibly that we may hear official announcements later this year, or early 2010.

Is it going to be a separate imaging flagship again (i.e. N86), leaving a space for an alternative successor to the current Nokia flagship, the N97, or will we finally see Nokia returning to their convergence ideals and bring us the ultimate in mobile phone hardware with a handset really deserving of the flagship title?

Will it still be Symbian? Will it even still be part of Nseries?

phonereport via MobileBurn