Nokia Releases the N900 – powered by Maemo on Linux

Fold out QuertyAmidst speculations running on the internet that Nokia is planning on moving from Symbian to Maemo, they’ve just officially released the N900, a Maemo powered handset.

This handset features a slide out QWERTY keyboard and is powered by a 600Mhz ARM Cortex-A8 processor. It provides 1GB of application memory and 32 GB storage which is expandable to 48GB through a Micro SD card. This should provide enough processing punch and memory to multitask applications on the phone.

The Web browser on this handset is powered by Mozilla technologies, the same technolog which powers Firefox browsers, so you can browse the web as it’s meant to be browsed instead of going though the mobile version of the site. It also supports Flash 9.4 so you can interact with flash applications and videos on the internet without any problems.

From Nokia’s press release on the N900 launch:

“With Linux software, Mozilla-based browser technology and now also with cellular connectivity, the Nokia N900 delivers a powerful mobile experience,” says Anssi Vanjoki, Executive Vice President, Markets, Nokia. “The Nokia N900 shows where we are going with Maemo and we’ll continue to work with the community to push the software forward. What we have with Maemo is something that is fusing the power of the computer, the internet and the mobile phone, and it is great to see that it is evolving in exciting ways.”

This device is slated for market release starting October 2009 and the expected price is a little above 500 euros, that around 35,000 Indian Rupees. We just hope that this device doesn’t go the N97 and dissapoint the masses. From the specs it looks like an impressive one, but we’ll wait and see how the device holds up to the public expectations towards it’s launch.

Complete Specs of the N900:

Display
  • 3.5 inch touch-sensitive widescreen display
  • 800 × 480 pixel resolution
Language support

British English, American English, Canadian French, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Latin American Spanish, Swedish, Russian

Connectivity
  • 3.5mm AV connector
  • TV out (PAL/NTSC) with Nokia Video Connectivity Cable
  • Micro-USB connector, High-Speed USB 2.0
  • Bluetooth v2.1 including support for stereo headsets
  • Integrated FM transmitter
  • Integrated GPS with A-GPS
Battery
  • BL-5J 1320mAh
Processor and 3D accelerator
  • TI OMAP 3430: ARM Cortex-A8 600 MHz
  • PowerVR SGX with OpenGL ES 2.0 support
Memory
  • Up to 1GB of application memory (256 MB RAM, 768 MB virtual memory)
Size and weight
Volume:
Approx 113cc
Dimensions:
110.9 × 59.8 × 18 (19.55 at thickest part) mm
Weight:
Approx 181g
Mass memory
  • 32 GB internal storage
  • Store up to 7000 MP3 songs or 40 hours of high-quality video
  • Up to 16 GB of additional storage with an external microSD card
Keys and input method
  • Full QWERTY tactile keyboard
  • Full QWERTY onscreen keyboard
Colour
  • Black
Operating frequency
  • Quad-band GSM EDGE 850/900/1800/1900
  • WCDMA 900/1700/2100 MHz
Data network
  • GPRS class A, multislot class 32, maximum speed 107/64.2 kbps (DL/UL) EDGE class A, multislot class 32, maximum speed 296/177.6 kbps (DL/UL) WCDMA 900/1700/2100. Maximum speed PS 384/384 kbps (DL/UL) HSPA 900/1700/2100. Maximum speed PS 10/2 Mbps (DL/UL) WLAN IEEE 802.11b/g
Call features
  • Integrated hands-free stereo speakers
  • Call waiting, call hold, call divert
  • Call timer
  • Logging of dialed, received and missed calls
  • Speed dialing via contact widget
  • Virbrating alert (internal)
  • Side volume keys
  • Mute/unmute
  • Contacts with images
  • Conference calling with up to 3 participants
  • Internet calling
Email & Messaging
  • Supported protocols: Mail for Exchange, IMAP, POP3, SMTP
  • Support for email attachments
  • Support for rich HTML
  • SMS and Instant Messages as conversations
  • Support for Nokia Messaging service
  • Instant messaging and presence enhanced contacts
  • Multiple number, email and Instant Messaging details per contact, contacts with images
  • Support for assigning images to contacts
Web browsing
  • Maemo browser powered by Mozilla technology
  • Adobe Flash™ 9.4 support
  • Full screen browsing
GPS and navigation
  • Integrated GPS, Assisted-GPS, and Cell-based receivers
  • Pre-loaded Ovi Maps application
  • Automatic geotagging
Camera
  • 5 megapixel camera (2584 × 1938 pixels)
  • Image formats: JPEG
  • CMOS sensor, Carl Zeiss optics, Tessar lens
  • 3 × digital zoom
  • Autofocus with assist light and two-stage capture key
  • Dual LED flash
  • Full-screen viewfinder
  • Photo editor on device
  • TV out (PAL/NTSC) with Nokia Video Connectivity Cable (CA-75U, included in box) or WLAN/UPnP
  • Landscape (horizontal) orientation
  • Capture modes: Automatic, portrait, video, macro, landscape, action
Video
  • Wide aspect ratio 16:9 (WVGA)
  • Video recording file format: .mp4; codec: MPEG-4
  • Video recording at up to 848 × 480 pixels (WVGA) and up to 25fps
  • Video playback file formats: .mp4, .avi, .wmv, .3gp; codecs: H.264, MPEG-4, Xvid, WMV, H.263
Music and audio playback
  • Maemo media player
  • Music playback file formats: .wav, .mp3, .AAC, .eAAC, .wma, .m4a
  • Built-in FM transmitter
  • Ring tones: .wav, .mp3, .AAC, .eAAC, .wma, .m4a
  • FR, EFR, WCDMA, and GSM AMR
  • Digital stereo microphone
  • DLNA
Personalisation
  • Background pictures
  • Widgets on your desktops
  • Intelligent contact shortcuts
  • Shortcuts to your favourite websites
  • Shortcuts to applications
  • Themes
Operating system

Maemo 5 software on Linux

Applications
  • Maemo Browser
  • Phone
  • Conversations
  • Contacts
  • Camera
  • Photos
  • Media player
  • Email
  • Calendar
  • Ovi Maps
  • Clock
  • Notes
  • Calculator
  • PDF reader
  • File manager
  • RSS reader
  • Sketch
  • Games
  • Widgets
  • Application manager for downloads
Gaming
  • Bounce
  • Chess
  • Mahjong
What´s in the box
  • Nokia N900
  • Nokia Battery (BL-5J)
  • Nokia High Efficiency Charger (AC-10)
  • Nokia Stereo Headset (WH-205)
  • Video out cable (CA-75U)
  • Nokia charger adaptor (CA-146C)
  • Cleaning cloth

Photo Gallery of the N900:

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