So we all know that Nokia is working on something big and we can be pretty sure that is has something to do with the Nokia N9, an unannounced but still for sure coming next generation handset, running MeeGo.
Today Engadget spread the rumor that the Nokia N9 will run on an Intel Atom platform. If you think about the fact that MeeGo is half Moblin which is from Intel, this rumor doesn’t sound so strange.
But still, Atom in a phone? Atoms don’t even see to be power efficient enough to run in tablets, and they have more space for batteries.
All these rumors are very surprising for me, because I was very sure that the Nokia N9 platform was already semi-announced. In my opinion it will run on the ST Ericsson U8500 platform. An ARM Cortex-A9 dual-core at 1.2 Ghz supportet by the MALI 400 GPU. Where I’ve heard that? Well, I saw this video, posted by Charbax on ARMdevices.net:
The man from ST Ericsson says the most important stuff at the end: Nokia is an official partner who will release products with the U8500 and the first handsets will be out in H1 of 2011. Which is now.
Of course, there is the possibility that the U8500 will not be used in the N9, as he says, it will work with Symbian as well and tablets would be possible, too. But how likely is a jump from ARM11 to ARM Cortex-A9-Dualcore in Symbian, within six months? I am sure a lot of customers would be a little bit upset…
And a Nokia tablet? Nothing is impossible, but ST Erricson seems to see the U8500 as smartphone platform first, everything else second. So maybe, but that doesn’t mean that the N9 can’t use it, too.
Another hint towards the U8500 in the N9 brings the Linaro Wiki: A fast search for “N900″ brings up a lot of hits. Linaro, an open source company which focuses on middleware and low level software, is funded by ST Erricson but not by Broadcom or Intel.
We will know more in February, that is almost sure.