Wednesday, September 2, 2009

The new Nokia N900: Computer-grade performance in a handset

The Nokia N900 runs on the Linux-based Maemo software that Nokia has been working on for several years, and marks the third operating system that the company has said it will support—just in the past week. It was only on Monday that Nokia announced the 10-inch “Booklet 3G,” a netbook running Microsoft Windows. The company also says it also remains committed to the Symbian OS for its smartphones, although analysts are starting to wonder if Maemo could eventually replace it.
In the N900 press release, Nokia has an analyst explain the difference between Maemo and Symbian. Jonathan Arber, IDC’s Senior Research Analyst, said: “Just as Nokia continues to expand and diversify its device portfolio, so it is deploying multiple platforms to allow it to serve different purposes and address different markets. While we have seen continued growth in Symbian as a smartphone platform, Maemo enables Nokia to deliver new mobile computing experiences based on open-source technology that has strong ties with desktop platforms.”
Nokia said the N900 will be available in some markets starting in October with an estimated retail price of EUR 500 ($712) excluding sales taxes and subsidies. The announcement today is just a preview of the device, which will be on display at Nokia World in Stuttgart, Germany Sept. 2.
More specs: The device comes with a browser, powered by Mozilla; full Adobe Flash 9.4 support; a full physical slide-out QWERTY keyboard; Nokia’s Messaging service, which allows up to 10 email accounts; 32GB of storage, which is expandable up to 48GB via a microSD card; and 5MP camera with Carl Zeiss optics.



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