If you’re not familiar with the Nokia N-series, it was a lineup of smartphones and tablets marketed by Nokia corporation from the year 2005 and was discontinued in 2011. The N-series was known for its focus on things like gaming, digital media services, and internet services. However, in 2011, the N-Series was replaced by the Lumia devices which have also been discontinued.
Nokia N-Series Line-Up
Nokia N70 music edition
The N-series started with the N70, N90, and the N91 back in 2005. The series was then followed by the N71, N80 and the N92. The Nokia N70 was a 3G phone with a 32 MB of RAM, 2 MP rear camera, 0.3 MP front camera, and ran on the Symbian OS V8.1a. With these specifications, the N70 was considered to be a really good smartphone and it was actually really popular.
Nokia continued producing and improving the N-Series until in 2009, Nokia released the first Nokia phone to feature an 8 MP camera. The Nokia N86 was a really good smartphone at the time with the superior rear camera. However, in 2010, the N8 with a 12 MP camera was released. With a 12 MP camera, the Nokia N8 was way ahead of its competitors.
In 2009, the Nokia N9 was released.
The Nokia N9 featured a full touchscreen display. The display was a 3.9 inches AMOLED display with a screen resolution of 480 x 854. However, the N9 didn’t run on the Symbian OS like its sibling, instead, it utilized the MeeGo 1.2 Harmattan OS. It had a 1.2 GHz CPU and a TI OMAP 3630 chipset. The phone featured an 8 MP rear camera and a VGA selfie camera. It drew power from a 1450 mAh battery which I think was a pretty good size of a battery considering the year.
The reason why I emphasized so much on the Nokia N90 is because it was the last of the N-Series as it was replaced by the Lumia series that year.
The series was aimed at packing multiple features into one device and I think Nokia did it very well. The phones had a better than average cameras and even included the MP3 player which was a pretty big deal at the time.
Should Nokia Revive the N-Series?
About 1 year ago, I saw a video on youtube by PHConcepts
which showed how the Nokia N9 2019 edition would look like. The video shows a device with a bezel-less display and a pretty cool rear camera design. However, up to today(2020), the Nokia N9 has not yet been released.
An article by Gizmochina also showed a Nokia N9 2020 concept
and I can say that it looks pretty cool. However, this is just a concept and Nokia might go for a whole other design of their liking. The concept by designer Anthony Andreas shows a device with a huge display which from the looks of it looks like an AMOLED display. However, the design features huge bezels at the top and bottom of the display which is borrowed from the previous N9 design.
Which leads to the question, should Nokia revive the N-Series?
I think with today’s technological advancements in the smartphone world, the Nokia N-Series would offer a lot. If Nokia stuck to its aim of packing multiple features into one device, which is pretty much possible today, the N-Series would be a success again.
However, up to today, Nokia has not shown any signs of implementing the concept designs into the Nokia N9 or even reviving the N-Series. But maybe in the coming years, we might see an upgraded version on the N-Series devices once again and I’m pretty sure it will be a success.
What do you think? Should Nokia Mobile revive the N-Series? You wanna see the Nokia N8 2021?