Last Thursday I've attended a special preview session of the upcoming Nokia N9 which run on MeeGo 1.2 Harmattan OS platform.

The event was held at Marmalade, Bangsar  Village 2.

A bunch of bloggers was invited on the invite.

The announcement of the Nokia N9 few weeks back has actually attracted alot people attention by it's pure touch smartphone and the powerful MeeGo OS platform.

I was lucky enough to given the golden opportunities to be the among first in Malaysia to play with the Nokia N9.
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Mr. Glen Cha, Head of Operative Product Management brief us more about the new Nokia N9.

Nokia N9 are summaries with 3 key principles,

Bold, all screen design
The simplicity of a swipe
One home. Three simple views
I were excited to get to hold and play around the Nokia N9, although it's not the final product but I found it quite mature enough to be released to the public.

This is my personal thought on the new Nokia N9. I was impressed with the smoothness of the MeeGo 1.2 Harmattan UI, it's fluided and responsive (thanks to it's powerful 1Ghz ARM Cortex-A8 OMAP processor and large 1GB RAM). The simple gesture "Swipe" is simply ingenious, it's very easy to understand and use. It's a total new easy and straight forward UI to use.

It has three recognisable home views arranged in a carousel (360° degree)
Application - to start tasks quickly
Open Application - to see all the running apps and multitasking between apps.
Events - to stay connected with people, new and events in one view (Facebook, Feed, Twitter and etc)

The hardware and software were jointly designed together seamlessly.

Let's continue on the hardware.

N9 has a 3.9" vivid AMOLED bright screen display (WVGA 854x480). The missing buttons on the front allowed it to be designed in smaller and thinner size without reducing the screen size.

The curved glass and the laminated deep black display technology make it look like the application are literally floating on top of the screen.

It has a unibody one pice smooth design which made of polycarbonate body which I found it's very easy to hold and antislip.

Back of the N9 located a 8MP Carl Zeiss autofocus camera with 28mm wide lens, great low light performance with large lens aperture f/2.2 and dual LED flash. Beside that it also has touch to focus for ease of shoot photo or video.

It paired with a quite decent speaker powered with Dolby Digital plus at the bottom of N9.

On top it has a micro-USB and it used micro SIM like iPhone 4.

 On the right it has a power button and volume toggle.

Nokia N9 has the latest Nokia Maps with free, voice-guided turn-by-turn navigation for walking and driving. It has a dedicated drive app for in-car navigation which allow navigation to destination instantly. Not like it's ancestor's Nokia N900 runs on Maemo 5 that does not have voice-guided turn-by-turn navigation.

A fast web browser is built on the latest webkit 2 and multiple websites can be conveniently viewed in Open Application, wide HTML5 support offers access to rich web application and fast video playback.

HTML5 test on iPhone 4, Nokia N9 & Samsung Galaxy S

Developer mode are ready with the x-term just like the Nokia N900.

Beside the Nokia N9 unit, we get the chance to experience a pair of Nokia Play 360 NFC Speakers.

The sound output is very good and great to use in a small room.

The Nokia N9 will be made available in Malaysia market very soon. There are no actual date to announced by Nokia Malaysia. It will be available in two varients, 
16GB (will offers Black, Cyan & Magenta) and 64GB (will only available in Black)

Great to meet up again with the bloggers.

Me, Jason, Asri and Bryan.

Hope to get the N9 device soon to have a in-depth test & review.

More about Nokia N9 www.swipe.nokia.com


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