We’ve seen the hardware photos for the mysterious Nokia N9 leaked before, and the latest leak confirms that the device will be using MeeGo, an OS that’s jointly built by Intel and Nokia to replace the Maemo 5 OS on the high-end N900. Now, we do have a little more information on the device, and if the rumors are correct, the N900 will be packing some high-end punches, including the strong design with sliding keyboard and tilt screen, island-style separate keys on the keyboard that’s reminiscent of Apple’s notebook designs, and an all-metal look. Although the device has a beautiful form, however, beauty is also in function, and the N9 is said to be sporting high-end smartphone specs, including 512 MB RAM, 1 GHz processor, WVGA OLED touchscreen, 64 GB of internal memory, 720p HD video capture support, 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, HSPA+, GPS, 1 GB ROM.
What MeeGo and the N9 needs now is strong software support. When the Nokia N900 was released, it packed a lot of raw power, but because of the developer/hacker-focus of the phone, it never captured mainstream appeal. The N900 had a huge Linux software library that could be ported and used on the device, but it lacked an easy to use software catalog that consumers can tap into and not worry about incompatibilities, such as those found on Android via Android Market or the iPhone via the iTunes App Store. Hopefully, this time around, MeeGo will come with a compelling software library that will make the high-end smartphone attractive to consumers, but retain the openness and robustness of the Maemo 5 operating system that made the Nokia N900 such a geek-chic device, a subtle black brick with a lot of potential.