The Nokia N9, MeeGo’s simultaneous debut and swansong, has begun shipping. Nokia announced today that the first batches of the N9 are now winging their way to stores and customers across Europe (but not the UK) and the rest of the world (but not the US).
The estimated retail prices for the N9 is €480 for the 16GB edition, which roughly works out at £417, and €560 for the 64GB-er, which currently converts to around £487. It’s shipping in three hues, cyan, magenta and black.
The Nokia N9 has a 3.9-inch AMOLED touchscreen which is protected by a layer of curved scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass. There’s virtually no air gap between the screen and the glass, meaning that the viewing angles and great and the contrast, thanks to the AMOLED, is super-high.
There’s also an 8-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics and an f/2.2 aperture for low-light shots and a dual-LED flash for those nocturnal snaps. The NFC chip also allows for photo sharing by tapping two N9’s together.
“Since we announced the Nokia N9 in June this year, the feedback that it has gotten from discerning and avid smartphone users across the world has been nothing short of fantastic,” says Ilari Nurmi, Nokia’s Vice President of Marketing, Nokia.
This is true – shame it’s not getting the worldwide release that it deserves. “With the innovations in industrial design, user interface, and the Qt developer experience, the Nokia N9 sets the bar for how natural technology can feel, and represents the first in a number of products from Nokia that will be brought to life in similar fashion.”
Though it’s not coming to the UK or the States, the Nokia N9 will be available in the following countries:
Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, China, Croatia, Finland, Greece, Hong Kong (in English and Chinese editions), Hungary, Malaysia, New Zealand, Portugal, Poland, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland (in German and French editions), UAE (in Arabic and English editions), and Vietnam.
So if you’ve got a friend or relative living in any of these places, you might want to be extra nice to them and ask them to pick you one up.