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Nokia N9 is MeeGo for launch as FCC approval doc surfaces

We thought the rumoured MeeGo-based Nokia N9 had dead on the drawing board, but new official documents from the FCC appear to prove us wrong.

Nokia is still planning to launch the N9 slider phone. At least that's what a document from the FCC would have us believe, reports Unwired View.

Listed as the RM-680, the sketch of the phone's back does look similar to these remarkably clear leaked photos.

Early this year we were starting to get excited about the N9's supposed 1.2GHz Atom processor, 12-megapixel camera a la N8, and even a possible early spring launch at this year's Mobile World Congress. When that didn't happen, it looked as though the phone had been killed off, then miraculously resurrected (kind of) thanks to Nokia's ongoing commitment to MeeGo. All in spite of cuddling up with Microsoft.

Nothing would surprise us as far as Nokia is concerned. It's adopted more operating systems than we've had hot dinners. The resurrected N9 could well run MeeGo, the spurned lovechild of Nokia and Intel.

The FCC document mentions Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are on board, but really we'd expect that from any decent smart phone these days. As the agency is only interested in whether the phone plays nicely on the radio spectrum, it doesn't much care what spec the processor or camera has.

Now we're left wondering whether a launch date is imminent, or these official documents are just a red herring. It would be a relief to see something that's not an Android or iOS phone for a change.

One thing, Nokia. Please ensure the software is top-notch before you release the N9 into the wild. The N8's camera was divine but the Symbian-based user interface was dire. If you're using an operating system that's so far been sitting on the sidelines watching Android and iOS slug it out, you'd better make sure it's super fit and ready for action.