Nokia’s N9 smartphone makes Mideast debut

DUBAI — Nokia announced on Teusday the availability of the Nokia N9 smartphone in key markets across Middle East and Africa.

By Issac John

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Published: Thu 22 Sep 2011, 11:02 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 5:55 AM

This latest smartphone, a s blend of design and the latest smartphone technology, promises to re-define the way smartphones are used, Nokia claimed as it unveiled the new range.

Alessandro Lamanna, Nokia’s Vice President of Sales, Middle East and Africa, said with its groundbreaking technology and en-vogue look and feel, Nokia’s latest smartphone is meant for style conscious consumer.

“The Nokia N9 will be available in select markets across the world. With recent figures from Gartner revealing that Nokia smartphones continue to be market leaders in Middle East Africa, claiming 41.9 per cent of the category market, consumers in the region clearly value and trust Nokia products. Addressing this clear preference, Nokia has selected MEA as one of the first markets to launch the N9, continuing our commitment to meet customer demands for products that excel in performance and enhance their social standing,” said Lamanna.

The Nokia N9 has a new design where the home key is replaced by a simple gesture: a swipe. Whenever you’re in an application, swiping from the edge of the display takes you home.

The three home views of the user interface are designed to give fast access to the most important things people do with a phone: using apps, staying up to date with notifications and social networks, and switching between activities. The Nokia N9 also packs the latest in camera, navigation and audio technology for a great all-round experience.

Nokia Global Head of Design, Marko Ahtisaari said, “Innovation is at the heart of our strategy and with the N9, we wanted to design a better way to use a phone so we reinvented the home key with a simple gesture: a swipe from the edge of the screen. The positive consumer feedback we’ve received on the Nokia N9 from across the region is very exciting and sends a strong message about Nokia and its new challenger mindset, strategy and direction. Hand in hand to design is the look and feel, and we are certain the Nokia N9 will both surprise and enthrall style conscious users.” Mobile users can watch videos in 16:9 widescreen format. —

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