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Comparison - Nokia N8 vs Nokia N9

July 19, 2011
By Loh Ving Sung GooglePlus

20 July 2011 - Nokia has come a long way with their N-series phones, and while it is true the Nokia N8 dulled some of the interest for Nokia smartphones, its successor the Nokia N9 still manage to get most of us excited again about N-Series phones.  

The biggest thing of note is the adoption of the Meego platform version 1.2 (Harmattan) on the Nokia N9, as opposed to Nokias standard Symbian OS. The Nokia N8 is powered by the Symbian^3 OS. There is not a lot of detail about the Meego platform for now, but Nokia did mention that the UI comes with three views in a carousel. The first of which is an application view, secondly social networking and lastly a multitasking bar.  

Notably, the Nokia N9 has a slate form factor with no physical front-facing buttons Nokia touts it as the 'pure' touchscreen which unlocks with a double-tap on the screen. The Nokia N8 shares a similar design with a narrower top and bottom, and comes with a home key. The Nokia N9 is barely 1mm thinner than the Nokia N8, and has similar weight to the Nokia N8.  

The first thing you will notice is the 3.9-inch screen which dominates the Nokia N9. It displays 480 x 854 pixels and is protected with Gorilla Glass. On the other hand, the Nokia N8 comes with a 3.5-inch screen displaying 360 x 640 pixels, and yes it comes protected with Gorilla Glass too. The Nokia N9 with the larger screen and extra pixels would hands-down the much sharper display.  

Understandably, the newer Nokia N9 comes with 1GHz processor coupled with 1GB RAM, meanwhile the Nokia N8 in the 680MHz with 256MB RAM. Nokia has taken away the microSD slot for the Nokia N9, and only offers 16GB and 64GB internal memory variants, in comparison to the Nokia N8's 16GB internal memory plus a microSD slot that supports up to 32GB. 

Nokia's does not skim on its imagers, and the Nokia N8 may come with one of the highest quality cameras out there at 12-megapixels, the camera is also aided with a Carl-Zeiss optics and Xenon flash. The Nokia N9 is equipped a respectable high-end 8-megapixel that also comes with Carl-Zeiss optics. Both devices are able to record 720p HD videos.  

There are some extensive connectivity options on both smartphones from HSDPA, WiFi support, Bluetooth, GRPS and EDGE. The Nokia N9 has additional options such as WiFi hotspot, and the Near Field Communications (NFC). NFC allows you to transfer data and transactions with a touch of your phone.  

While Nokia has not confirmed the pricing for the Nokia N9, it is estimated to range from RM1990 for the 16GB and RM2250 for the 64GB. When we compare the 16GB Nokia N9 to the Nokia N8, it is a 17% increase against the Nokia N8s (RM1699) initial price point. However, despite the steep increase, we believe the Nokia N9 would justify its price with a bigger and clearer screen, better performance, and a full slate design. The Meego OS is another exciting prospect of the Nokia N9, and we would love to see what it can do. 

At the end of the day, the Nokia N9 is a true successor to the Nokia N8. The Nokia N9s hardware is all bumped up a notch or two, additionally the not-too-well received Symbian OS is being replaced by the Linux-based Meego (Harmattan). Nokia said regardless of the Nokia N9s success, they would not adopt Meego for its future phones. So this may be something you may need to consider when purchasing the device, as support for the phone may dry up when Nokia focuses on the Windows Phone 7.  

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Nokia N8 (RM1699) 

10.2 Mbps 3.5G HSDPA + WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, 3.5-inch touchscreen candybar, 12-megapixel camera + 16GB Memory + microSD card (up to 32GB), Symbian^3 OS  

The Nokia N8 is powered by Symbian ^3, the Nokia N8 supports gestures such as flick scrolling and pinch-zoom and offers multiple, personalised home screens which can be loaded with apps from Ovi Store. The device comes with a 3.5-inch capacitive screen with 16 million colours attached with a home button. With a 12 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics and Xenon flash, the Nokia N8 offers the ability to record HD-quality videos and editing.  

The device supports quad-band GSM connectivity, with WiFi, EDGE and HSDPA. With a 12 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics and Xenon flash, there is also the option to record HD-quality videos and edit them with an intuitive built-in editing suite. The Nokia N8 was released back in Oct 2010 and is priced at RM1699.  


Nokia N9 (est. 16GB RM1990 / 64GB RM2250)  

14.4 Mbps 3.5G HSDPA + WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 3.9-inch touchscreen candybar, 8.0-megapixel camera + 16/64GB Memory, Meego OS (Harmattan)  

Nokia has just introduced its Nokia N9, touted to be the first-ever pure touch smartphone, which essentially translates to zero front-facing buttons. Every function will require finger gestures, where for example, while using an application, users need only to swipe from the edge of the screen to return to the home screen. 

The device will apparently be running on MeeGo Harmattan. The device will boast a 3.9-inch with 480 x 854 screen resolution and an 8-megapixel camera. This MeeGo-powered candybar device will ship in magenta, cyan and black, and boast 16GB and 64GB variants, with 1GB of RAM under the hood. 

According to the New York Times, the Nokia N9 will be sold unsubsidised for about $670 to $760 for the 16 and 64GB models.  


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