Nokia N9 shipments start, pricing might be a problem

27 September, 2011 | Comments (181) | Post your comment

Tags: Nokia, MeeGo, Touch UI

Nokia has just reported that the first Nokia N9 units have started leaving factories in Finland and are heading to shops around the globe. At this point we are just a few days from the actual availability of the first MeeGo-running smartphone.

What seems a bit worrying though is the Nokia price estimates. According to the Finns, the 16GB Nokia N9 will cost €480, whereas the 64GB version will go for €560. And those are prices before taxes, so they would actually end up higher.

Unless carriers embrace the phone and offer heavy subsidies on it, that is. With the N9 being the platform flagship, it will be quite important for it to gain some significant market share in order to attract developers, who are the beating heart of every ecosystem. And, frankly, we can't see that happening at the prices quoted by Nokia.

Not even with the ultra-cool design, the rich feature set and the innovative and intuitive OS that impressed us so much, when we met a while ago.

Here’s hoping we are wrong and the N9 turns out a success. MeeGo is such a cool platform that it will be a shame for it to follow the webOS footsteps.

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Nokia N9 shipments start, pricing might be a problem - reader comments

  • Stimpson

I personally have no problem with a mobile device featuring a single core 1GHz processor, but I really have a problem with a device which features this single core processor and costs 560 euros!

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  • 2011-11-07 13:38
  • nDRn
  • Enfinityx

Why use a 1.2 or even a dual core if its unnecessary? You just end up losing battery life. It looks to operate very smoothly with a 1 ghz, why put in a big cpu just to put in a big cpu

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  • 2011-10-01 04:06
  • Yb0U
  • GrainySnapshot

GSMArena expresses the opinion that the success of the N9 depends upon buy-in from developers which in turn depends upon a minimum market share. But Myriad say that their product Alien Dalvik will allow most Android apps to run on Meego. If Alien D...

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  • 2011-09-29 01:45
  • PP70