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Nokia N9 leaked in detail, takes MacBook Pro design cues

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]

By Electronista Staff


  1. lysolman

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    That's it, the title of my comments says it all.

  1. JuanGuapo

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    I shall call him.

    Mini-Me. :)

  1. jfgilbert

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    A consumer electronics company copying Apple's designs?
    Who would have thought?

  1. dom2cool

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    that looks rather tacky and plastic, not a great look for a flagship phone :/

  1. Stoli89

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    Design cues?

    This still is a prototype, but the QWERTY form factor carries similar design attributes to the N8. The innovative and patented Nokia tilt screen/slide mechanism seems much better than on its N97 and N97 mini predecessors, with a 4 instead of 3 row discreet keypad. I'm sure the color will come in more than one variant, with a more business-like carbon black and possibly other more electric choices. In silver, it does strike a strong similarity to the MacBook Pro...but one should also consider a family resemblance to the Nokia Booklet 3G. In the end, with its anodized aluminum body, large AMOLED capacitive screen, hi end CPU/GPU, and the capabilities of MEEGO drawn from a well developed LINUX ecosystem, it should be one heck of a product.

  1. chas_m



    "taking strong design cues"

    That's tech-speak for "stole."

    Keep on innovatin' there, Nokia! I love the smell of desperation that accompanies this product!

  1. facebook_Kristain

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    Nokia N9 looks like

    I think the N9 looks a lot more like the Vaio than the Macbook: N9 has double hinges like the Vaio, N9 has a thicker silver bezel like the Vaio, N9 has almost the exact same corner geometry as the Vaio.
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