Look back at Nokia N9, smartphone ahead of its time with gesture navigation and camera on the bottom edge - Photo 1.
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Look back at Nokia N9, smartphone ahead of its time with gesture navigation and camera at the bottom


That is 2011 and Nokia is still the king in the global phone market. Android then started to grow, but the Finnish giant still decided to stick with its Symbian operating system. When market share began to decline, Nokia decided to test the new operating system called Meego. The decision was born Nokia N9, the first and only smartphone running Nokia's Meego because soon they started a grim relationship with Microsoft's Windows Phone.

It is well known that Nokia N9 is a beautifully designed but retired fate. However, few people know that Nokia N9 has many features ahead of its time. First, it places the front camera position in a rather strange place. Nokia N9 may be one of the first phones to place a front camera in the lower right corner of the screen. Most likely Nokia 9 is the inspiration for Xiaomi's first full-screen high-end smartphone, Xiaomi Mi MIX.

In 2011, when the selfie has not yet become a trend, the phones have only VGA cameras in front with limited capabilities. In fact, according to GSMArena, many users do not even know the Nokia N9 has a front camera.

Look back at Nokia N9, smartphone ahead of its time with gesture navigation and camera on the bottom edge - Photo 2.

Many people do not know the Nokia N9 has a front camera

Users at that time did not know if the Nokia N9 front camera was a camera or any other sensor and the error was not at them. First of all, the position of the camera is quite strange, making people skeptical. Secondly, there were no leaks like OnLeaks, Evan Blass … leaking information about upcoming equipment. In fact, even if a phone has been released there will still be some details that have not been revealed. In the case of Nokia N9, people only believe that it has a front camera located in the lower right corner of the screen when Nokia officially confirmed it.

Another point ahead of Nokia N9 is the Meego operating system's gesture navigation system. Everything of Meego is based on gestures, very similar to what we see on Android and iOS smartphones today. You can flick from the bottom up to the main screen, flick from the bottom up to access frequently used applications, slide from right to left to enter multitasking …

Compare gestures of Nokia N9 with iPhone X

Honestly, Meego failed because she didn't receive strong support from the big guys, but it was not good. Intel has supported Meego for some time but it does not make smartphones. Nokia left Meego right after the launch of N9 to switch to Windows Phone.

After Nokia Lumia 800 launched, this is the first Nokia phone model running Windows Phone, death is close to Meego. At that time, Google began to strongly support Android while Microsoft focused entirely on Windows Phone. When these two giants directed everything to their own operating system, no other operating system could survive. Now, Google's Android accounts for the majority of market share and Apple's iOS holds the rest.

Although there is an undeniable but undeniable fate Nokia N9 is a phone with many features ahead of its time.


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