updated 11:25 am EDT, Thu August 19, 2010
Nokia N9 may take cues from Apple, Booklet 3G
Nokia's N9 flagship has been spotted today in a gallery that suggests Nokia is taking strong design cues from Apple for its smartphone design. While the tapered design bears some resemblance to the N8, its unibody metal design, black keys and black display bezel appear directly lifted from Apple's current MacBook Pro. It also bears a lesser resemblance to Nokia's own aluminum-clad Booklet 3G netbook.
Not many details are revealed in the shot, but the N9 should run MeeGo and is likely to pack an eight-megapixel camera, a four-inch multi-touch display and HDMI out. With support for North American 3G bands, it should reach the US and Canada at least as an unlocked phone and possibly attached to a carrier like AT&T or Rogers.
It's unclear why Nokia would take on such a design, but the N8 is already designed to be sleeker and overall more upscale than the struggling N97 and similar phones. Nokia has sued Apple twice claiming patent infringement in Apple's mobile devices. Apple has already countersued and denied accusations. [via Eldar Murtazin; MacBook Pro image via James Burland]