First Nokia MeeGo device will be powered by ARM, not Atom


After hearing the announcement of the Nokia-Intel alliance, followed by the merging of Maemo and Moblin to create MeeGo and the launch of Intel's smartphone-targeted Atom Z6xx (aka Moorestown) platform, we were feeling pretty certain that both MeeGo and Moorestown would debut in a new flagship Nokia device by year's end. But in an interview with The Inquirer at the Open Mobile Summit, Nokia VP Alberto Torres revealed that the company's first MeeGo device will use an ARM-based processor rather than an Intel chip, adding that we can expect the device to launch by the end of this year.

This is a slightly surprising development considering that shortly after the Atom Z6xx launch, Intel promised a Moorestown-MeeGo device would launch this year and Nokia said to expect the debut of its first MeeGo device in the same timeframe, leading us to assume the companies were referring to the same device. This latest information seems to indicate otherwise, leaving us to question when we will finally get to see an Intel x86-powered smartphone and from which manufacturer. Another element adding to the confusion is that currently, the x86-variant of MeeGo appears to be further along compared to the ARM-variant being tested on the N900. Has anyone given the recent MeeGo 1.0 release a try? What are your thoughts?

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Jeremy To

Jeremy is a former editor at Pocketables.

2 thoughts on “First Nokia MeeGo device will be powered by ARM, not Atom

  • May 31, 2010 at 8:45 am

    not surprised, ARM is what nokia do (never mind that odd netbook).

    so far it seems that while meego will be the same under the hood, their interfaces will be different beasts. Nokia is gunning for qt on multiple platforms, while intel seems to focus on their pre-meego moblin interface.

    all in all, one may suspect that for intel, meego is more a sword over microsoft head then a actual project, while nokia see it as a continuation of their maemo experiment for replacing symbian on the high end. This is a interesting time indeed…

  • May 31, 2010 at 11:45 am

    I’m really looking forward towards the release of the first meego device. Having used maemo I like alot, and if this can build on the foundation of maemo and add more to it, it’ll be a much better phone.

    Look at the interview Alberto Torres EVP of meego

    That and the release of windows mobile 7 series, and most new android phones should start to come with 2.2 q4 is going to be an expensive one for many people.


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