New Nokia CEO Stephen Elop has confirmed on the Q3 earnings call what we frankly didn’t want him to confirm :

The first Meego device will make its debut in 2011.

Nokia-N9

Although there have been strong indications and rumors that suggested a 2010 release was unlikely, this is the first time that it has been formerly announced. The rumored first Meego device is the Nokia N9, pictured above, which could incorporate a Qualcomm 1GHz QSD8250 processor with 512MB of RAM, MASSIVE 64GB of internal memory, 4-inch AMOLED touchscreen display (800 x 460) screen resolution including the usual Bluetooth, WiFi, HSPA, GPS and HD 720p video recording.

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On Nokia overall:

In the five weeks since joining Nokia, I have begun the journey of listening, learning and adjusting. Indeed, I have already had the opportunity to interact with literally thousands of employees, as well as customers and partners.

At the highest level, what I have initially found is a company with many great strengths and a history of achievements that are second to none in the industry. And yet our company faces a remarkably disruptive time in the industry, with recent results demonstrating that we must re-assess our role in and our approach to this industry.

I would characterize Nokia as a landscape of unpolished gems. Whether it is the degree of intimacy we have established with millions of consumers around the world, our naturally aligned worldview with operators, ground-breaking technological capabilities in everything from optics to nanotechnology to haptics, our strengths in emerging markets, or our assets in location-based services, there is an embarrassment of riches within Nokia.

On Qt:

Perhaps the greatest strength in the area of platforms, however, is also another example of an unpolished gem, and that relates to the use of Qt – spelled Q T – as a cross-platform environment for the development of applications that can reach, ultimately, across much of our portfolio. Qt will offer application breadth and reach that is unrivaled in the industry.

On North America

There is no systemic reason that Nokia cannot succeed in North America. I believe there is a degree of focus and execution necessary, along with different patterns of doing business, that can drive success in that marketplace.

On MeeGo:

There have been various comments made at various points in time about the anticipated availability of our first MeeGo device and versions of the MeeGo software. My first impressions of our MeeGo work inspires both confidence and excitement, however it is also clear to me that our first MeeGo device will be a 2011 event.