Nokia N9 to Land with MeeGo on Intel's Atom Chip

By on January 20th, 2011 14:19 GMT

Finnish mobile phone maker Nokia has been long rumored to plan bringing to the market a new high-end smartphone, the Nokia N9, and some more info on what the said device would be all about emerged.

MeeGo is the platform of choice for this beauty, which might just make on official appearance at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next month, it seems.

Moreover, a recent article on Engadget, which cites Prosessori, “a respected Finnish technology magazine,” notes that the upcoming mobile phone might pair the new operating system with an Intel Atom processor.

We already knew that Nokia is set to make the first MeeGo smartphones official in the first quarter of the ongoing year, and the possible MWC 2011 launch of this handset does not come too much as a surprise.

However, the fact that Nokia N9 might actually pack a 1.2GHz Atom processor inside is something new.

According to the news, the new Nokia N9 might be introduced officially at the MWC show in Barcelona during Stephen Elop's keynote, which would actually make sense.

Undoubtedly, Nokia does need a new flagship smartphone that would help it regain end-users' hearts.

Last year's Nokia N8, or even the soon-to-be-available Nokia E7, might fit the bill, but they both run Symbian, and many lost their faith in the old mobile operating system, even if the new flavor brings a series of welcomed changes.

MeeGo might impress a lot of users, especially when on a Nokia device that packs an Intel processor, since this would be a very appealing combination for many enthusiasts.

Nothing is confirmed on this for the time being, but Intel expects Medfield-based smartphones to arrive on shelves in mid-2011, and the collaboration between the two companies might easily result in Nokia N9's release.

Of course, nothing is official for the time being, but this might be confirmed as soon as next month, so stay tuned for more.

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