Following yesterday's big unveiling of Intel's Moorestown mobile platform, the Atom Z6xx processor, and its ability to run Android, MeeGo, and Moblin, the question on everyone's lips is when we can get our hands on an actual Moorestown device. We previously speculated that the earliest would probably be the end of this year or probably next year since no customers for the new hardware have been announced. We also assumed that Nokia would be the obvious prime candidate, while a report from Morgan Stanley indicated that the two companies are collaborating on a device due to be released mid-to-late 2011.
But it now looks like we might not have to wait that long, with Intel confirming to Pocket-lint that a Atom Z6xx-powered smartphone running MeeGo will be launched by the end of this year. Although there wasn't direct mention of the manufacturer, the fact that the new device will run MeeGo suggests that all signs point to it being from Nokia. With no previous confirmation or timeline for the release of MeeGo devices from the Finnish company, this is the first indication of an actual product. When reached for comment, a Nokia spokesperson stated the company "expects to achieve our product milestone for our first MeeGo device by the end of this year." Could we be looking forward to the successor to the N900? I for one am looking forward to finding out!