MWC 2011 Will Be MeeGo's Crucible

Posted: Jan 20 2011, 9:00am CST | by , in Rumors | Mobile Phones

MWC 2011 Will Be MeeGo's Crucible
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We see One tablet and One smartphone, so far.

MeeGo has been on my mind since I went to the official summit in Dublin last year. I've tested the OS extensively, and was quite disappointed to find no extensions to the platform at CES 2011. As far as I could tell, Intel's booth curiously lacked any mention of MeeGo.

Although the fledgling open source OS missed the big January show, it'll be floating around for the one in February. We'll see our first wave of MeeGo devices hit next month in Barcelona.

One of those gadgets will be the Nokia N9 slider. Rumored specs include a 1.2 GHz processor, 768 MB of RAM, 1 GB of ROM and a 12 MP camera. The Nokia X7- due for AT&T, has a rear 8 MP camera and a front 2 MP camera, Gorilla Glass display, but was apparently canceled just ahead of the show.

Which makes it more likely that the LTE device Nokia plans to launch in February is the N9. We know that Nokia has recently pushed a few articles about LTE. And PCMag claims that "sources within Nokia" point towards at least one Nokia LTE reveal at MWC.

And then we have the Z500, an ARM-based MeeGo tablet in either 7" or 9". It made a cameo in the recent Tron movie and is expected to be revealed in full at MWC 2011.

More MeeGo devices seem likely, but Nokia and their partners have been infuriatingly tight-lipped about this. If Nokia does have something to show, MWC seems like their last good chance of 2011. Any later, and iPad+iPhone 5 frenzy will drown out any chance of exposure the baby OS has.

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