Nokia N9 browser HTML5 tests – score outperforming iPad 2, SGSII and some desktop browsers? p.s. NO flash.

| June 29, 2011 | 47 Replies

MeeGo’s browser has a lot to live up to. Maemo 5’s MicroB was hands down the best browser of its time (and still wipes the floor with some, especially Symbian’s – yes including Anna). Nok Conv notes that Nokia were trying to create a mainstream browser that “doesn’t annoy”, working the way a user would expect. Oh and Nokia says the performance is BLAZINGLY FAST.

I meant to publish this last week as one of our readers pointed us to a post from thehandheldblog that compared some HTML5 tests across browsers from some popular devices against the N9

Yesterday Nokia Conversations covered that topic of HTML5 tests and this time, the N9 achieved nearly 30 extra points (perhaps with later version of browser?)

Anyway, current results puts Nokia N9’s browser at 283. This beats Safari on the iPad 2 running iOS 4.3.3

And it also beats Samsung Galaxy II with Android Gingerbread 2.3.3:


Note that the test does admit shortcomings in not being able to test all features of HTML5 but sufficiently as they believe to be relevant for testing. N9’s current HTML5 score is only 3 points less than my desktop firefox 5.0 browser. I think I have I.E.9 and that oddly scores just 62. I got 328 with Chrome.

I can’t find the score for Windows Phone. I think during Mango previews, MS were proud to show IE9 whipping the butts off iOS, Android and BlackBerry.

N9 browser supports:

  • text enlargement allowing the size of the text to increase without increasing the size of other elements on the page.
  • HTML5 video and CSS 3D
  • the mobile components of the HTML5 specification (allowing social location and orientation information.)
  • Top sites – that lists frequently visited sites.
  • CSS 3
  • DOM Level 3
  • HTML over TCP/IP
  • HTML5
  • Javascript 1.8
  • Webkit 2 based
  • XML


No flash support.

I wonder if we can get to install some browsers of our own that does flash? I’ve grown to live without this on my Windows Phone. It would be nicer though to have the full web, but well Nokia-MeeGo team must have thought this was also ok to leave out.

I want to see:

  • Smooth scrolling across heavy web pages
  • Multiple tabs/window management
  • Embedded videos – do we see a blank or do we see a player?
  • No chequerboarding
  • Animation rotation when flipping (with 270degree rotation)
  • Smooth and FAST pinch and zooming
  • Accurate page rendering
  • Fast page loading
  • Quick bookmarking (with thumbnails)
  • Share page

Here’s a demo of the browser in video from

Most of the points I’ve listed above are shown, some I’m not sure – e.g. embed videos, what happens.


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  • MoritzJT

    What the heck is wrong with the colour transitions!? It looks like it has poor colour support… 65K? -.- Other than that, it seems really nice.

    I only wonder if this WebKit2 Browser has anything in common with our beloved QTWebKit. Is it the same or something different?


    • guest

      Webkit2 is a new branch of the Webkit. Basically it implements web content on tabs and app UI as separate processes like in Chrome. Otherwise, it’s the same Webkit. QtWebKit probably uses some older version.

      • ruin


      • Nabkawe

        MiniBrowser v3.0 get’s 255 using qtwebkit

        • Nazty111

          Don’t you mean v2.0? or has it been updated?

          • Paul Grenfell

            Yes, version 3 is available..

      • Don

        No, QtWebkit is at 2.1.1 for S^3, and I am quite sure desktop platforms (which N9 is) is ahead.

        (Anyone know for sure?)

        (Anyone know what powers Belle’s browser 7.4?)

  • guest

    You find it odd that IE9 scores so low? To me it seems too high score for such a pathetic browser. IE9 is also on Mango so you can expect similar scores or lower. On WP7 there is none HTML5 support.

  • Usedtolovemeegoandnokia

    N9 will sell more than all Nokia Windoes phones put together. Mark my words!

    N9 is the first true iPhone killer!

    Now all I need is a Nokia MeeGo tablet then I can die in peace.

    – sent from my iPad

  • erick2991

    my n900 got 193 points…better than galaxy s2???….

    • Diego

      OMG, my nokia E7 just got 248 + 13 using opera mobile =D

      • Nabkawe

        That was the server’s result , you know the server you go through to compress your pages if you look very carefully as it loads a little score will show up for like seconds that has 62 points only man.

  • Paul Grenfell

    Well heres the good news..
    Fennec gives Nokia N9 the ability to display Flash content

    • admin

      Nice. Also read from that blog that DLNA isbthere, it’s just not enabled because lack of testing!

    • Cocco Bill

      Great news! πŸ™‚

    • Jed

      Beat me to it πŸ™‚
      1st confirmed by Konttiri here
      Truly awesome news!
      It’s just getting better & better with each passing day.
      Baby steps… πŸ™‚

  • milanjakob

    maybe you want to add this one: on meego 1.2 community edition for nokia n900

  • Nazty111

    opera mobile rates 248 plus 13 bonus points
    i personally like the stock symbian browser in terms of functionality. all it needs is a speed boost.

  • stylinred

    it beats my Firefox… i only got 272+9bonus

  • stylinred

    oh any info on the reasoning for No-Flash?

    • admin

      “Flash is supported in fennec, but not in the default browser. We wanted to keep a clear differentiation between “desktop” -alike browsing and mobile browsing. Default browser focuses entirely in one handed use and relaxed browsing, where as fennec just does it all and acts like a desktop browser (tabs and all)”

      • Paul Grenfell

        Great stuff, pretty much like using both the default and Opera Browser as i do now with my N8.
        oohh, wouldnt it be good if we could put this UI on N8.?

      • stylinred

        thanks for that!

        he also mentions Landscape homescreens are possible as a ‘Theme’ that should be available @ launch

  • goodfellabk718

    where’s the text reflow(i think that’s what it’s called)? The one thing i like about the android browser is that once i pinch to zoom the webpage reconfigures itself to fit in the window, so that i don’t have to scroll left and right when reading an article. That’s my only annoyance with the browser on my N900.

    • jims


    • Nrde

      when you doubletap a column it zooms to fit. Not sure if it’s what you need, but it works well enough already with Symbian browser for me.

      But there hasn’t been a specific mention about it, and it’s probably missing at this point.

  • Jesse

    Technically that site tests capabilities and not performance. A lot of the items on that site are just drafts so scoring high isn’t very important as no one will be using them until they become standards.

    I would be interested in seeing some javascript performance tests though, would love to be able to write web apps for multiple platforms but right now very few mobile browsers can keep up with performance.

  • djvita

    opera mobile gets 238 + 11..default n8 gets 38 XD

    desktop chrome gets 328..

    • Ashwin Raj

      opera mobile got 269 with 7 bonus points on my c7 πŸ™‚

  • Eric

    and just to be quite clear the native browser of symbian 3, hits just 36 points and no bonus

  • Who cares.. This is because, Android’s WBrowser is not supports HTML5 atm.

    I have been using Opera since Symbian. And I did the test(In Opera). I’ve Got 248 ptz and 11 Bonus pts.

    And I should emphasise that: This TEST only Tests HTML5! Not browser speed.

    • And If you wanna a real test, you must do acid3 test. ( I got 93/100 Points in Android Embed Browser.

      I definetely remember; My N8 had took low ptz from this test. πŸ˜€ LOL.

      • nokiaguy

        I just got 100/100 on the N9 for that site.

      • op

        my Nokia x7 got 91/100 (symbian anna browser)

      • sev

        I have a 98/100 in my nokia c7, mini browser v3

        • sev

          and i have opera mobile 11 and score 100/100

  • Rex

    Yeah, that only prooves the HTML5 capabilities of the browser. They should run it through Browsermark

  • Kozzi

    Flash will come with Fennec but not default browser.

  • marco

    why the ipad browser doesn’t have the halo effect on gray gradient?

    • marco

      oh it’s been asked, and answered, but any chance that it could be better when launched? i mean the color reproduction…

  • maciekpp

    on my N8 minibrowser got 255 and 13 bonus points πŸ˜‰

  • Don

    If Nokia is going to have a large ecosystem (ugh) of HTML5 web apps, they’re going to have lots of fun with IE on WP7 being the incompatible standards flaunting POS it has always been πŸ™‚

    Wonder if that crossed their minds at all.

  • John

    Those browser tests are irrelevant they never represent actual browser speed and typical usage its just another thing people like to boast about, and that goes for any phone out there.

  • so meego browser beats my firefox 4.0.1 in html 5 test. ff scored only 272.

  • Hamster

    Anyone know if the N9 will support WebM or other codecs with its HTML5?

  • Patata

    “I think I have I.E.9 and that oddly scores just 62”

    That’s cause MS’ understanding of what HTML5 means is something totally different from that what others call HTML5.
    IE9 is only great in Microsoft’s on comparisons πŸ˜‰