The Nokia N9 MeeGo-powered handset, once thought dead, has just gotten FCC approval. Although the FCC device only goes by model number RM-680, it has been well established that they are one and the same; plus, a side-by-side comparison of the FCC label schematic and a leaked N9 component show nearly identical markings. Among its penta-band WCDMA support is compatibility with all AT&T and T-Mobile 3G frequencies.
With Nokia having committed to Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 for future smartphones, it’s not at all clear where N9 sits in the company’s plans — if it indeed has a place at all: reports have the N9-00 losing its QWERTY slider to become the FWVGA, 1.6GHz Intel Atom-powered N9-01. And the fact that an expected Mobile World Congress debut never materialized back in February further obfuscates the future of this handset. It seems that we’ll just have to wait and see what direction things take, because frankly, it’s all pretty confusing at this point.