Three months after Nokia took covers off the impressive N9 smartphone, the company has shipped the first of the commercial units starting today, the company confirmed in a press release issued earlier today. The N9 features a 3.9 inch display in a block form factor and packs in features that include a Webkit browser and support for HTML 5. The phone runs MeeGo 1.2 Harmattan.
As for the hardware, the phone packs in an ARM Cortex-A8 OMAP3630 processor clocked at 1 Ghz. Although a generation old, the processor still does pack a punch. The graphics side of things is handled by the PowerVRSGX530 graphics chip. With an entire GB of RAM at your disposal, you will not see the phone gasping for breath even during extreme multitasking.
The N9 is expected to be priced between $650 and $750 if you buy it without a contract. The difference in prices is mostly due to the memory capacities in the two different versions. The cheaper version gets 16 GB of onboard memory while the one with 64 GB gets more money.
It would be interesting to see how the general public reacts to this new platform from Nokia. Initial impressions though have been impressive. But with Nokia adopting Windows Phone as their primary operating system, it remains unclear as to how long they intend to keep MeeGo alive.