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Nokia Formally Unveils N900 Internet Tablet

Gordon Kelly


Nokia Formally Unveils N900 Internet Tablet

That's it! Nokia World this year has to be nothing but demos of previously announced kit...

Following news of the Booklet 3G (its first netbook}, the sexy and affordable 5230 touchscreen handset and Nokia Monkey mobile financial services, the Finns have now gone and unveiled the previously leaked N900 as well. Yes, it's every bit the monster rumours said it would be.

Officially classed as an Internet Tablet, rather than a smartphone, the Nokia N900 throws the kitchen sink at features and functionality with a huge WVGA touchscreen, HSPA and WiFi, 32GB of storage (expandable to 48GB via a microSD card), a 5MP camera with Carl Zeiss optics and fast ARM Cortex-A8 processor (the same chipset the Palm Pre and iPhone 3GS utilise). On top of this is full Adobe Flash 9.4 support and it all runs on a Maemo Linux-based OS. Furthermore, with 1GB of application memory and OpenGL ES 2.0 graphics acceleration Nokia claims N900 will happily multitask. "Switching between applications is simple, as all running content is constantly available through the dashboard," it states, while "the panoramic homescreen can be fully personalized with favorite shortcuts, widgets and applications."

Despite all this, a few details are still missing at present: size and weight are obviously major considerations and so too is battery life. I'm chasing these up. As for real world availability, the Nokia N900 will launch as soon as October with a sim free price of 500 euros (£440). As yet no telco partners have been announced or subsidised pricing, but that may change soon.

A genuine iPhone challenger? Depending on the size and weight, potentially. Perhaps more to the point, it's a highly impressive follow up to the N810...


Nokia N900 Product Page ('Full tech specs' link currently down)


August 27, 2009, 5:46 pm

Hold on a minute. This can't be a true successor to the N810 because it has one crucial addition that the former model lacked - a SIM card. That makes this 'Internet Tablet' more of an oversized smartphone. Sounds great (if that floats your boat), except I'll bet it will be priced like an oversized smartphone, whereas the N810 can be had relatively cheaply. People looking for a replacement for their N810s will be left high and dry.


August 27, 2009, 5:52 pm

Where / when can I get a Nokia Monkey? I hope it is toilet trained!


August 27, 2009, 5:53 pm

@Chris - hence the category confusion. An expanded tablet rather than smartphone is my feeling. Especially given the product code of N900.


August 27, 2009, 5:56 pm

What are the dimensions of this thing? Worried about being able to hold it...

And why's it missing the hinge from the N97 :(.


August 27, 2009, 5:58 pm

Guys, if you read the Mobile Review article the last N900 news article on TR linked to (wow word jumble...), and scroll down you'll see a photo with the back cover removed and the SIM card shown. Holding my Touch HD up to the screen to compare the size of the device to the size of the SIM card, it turns out that this N900 body is almost identically sized to the Touch HD, and by extension, the iPhone.


August 27, 2009, 6:00 pm

and after posting that, I notice that the Nokia Product Information page is back up and lists exact sizes etc


August 27, 2009, 6:01 pm

I would have been interested if it didn't have a resistive touchscreen. When will nokia realise that capacitive touchscreens are the way to go?


August 27, 2009, 6:40 pm

@JonHend - Nokia already did realize that, they just haven't been able to implement a capacitive touchscreen yet. They will have handsets with capacitive touchscreens by 2010.


August 27, 2009, 6:40 pm

@Gordon: Yep, I'm sure Nokia outwardly intend the N900 to be an evolution on the tablet theme, but it's still a complete departure from the N810. Perhaps this is Nokia's subtle way of discontinuing the N810 line... ;)

@ChaosDefinesOrder: Neither the Touch HD nor iPhone have physical keyboards. Even if the N900 has does have a similar footprint to either device, it will be a lot thicker and probably heavier.


August 27, 2009, 6:52 pm

Dimensions are:

110.9 x 59.8 x 18 mm(L x W x H) *19.55 mm at camera area

Weight is 181g

So it is shorter but wider and fatter than the N97. And 31g heavier.


August 27, 2009, 7:32 pm

@Chris: sorry, I was referring to the face-on dimensions, not thickness, which is obviously going to be a lot thicker due to the keyboard.


August 27, 2009, 9:38 pm

@Chaos: Yep, fair enuff :) In fact, (if JonHend's dimensions are correct) this thing actually has a somewhat smaller footprint than the HTC Leo, albeit a lot thicker.


August 28, 2009, 12:19 am

what would happen if you spanked your monkey on a high street!

would you be arrested?

oh my


August 28, 2009, 3:41 am


Both screen types have advantages and disadvantages. A huge part of Nokia's market is in China where handwriting recognition is important. Cap screens are awful at this.


August 28, 2009, 6:33 am

with the multi media prowess why not say gud bye to the iphone, and the only reason bb is "practically" irreplaceable is the true push capability, but lets admit that design wise they're too "corporate" if not to say "average" and interface isnt that great either...so not for long "c u later" to blackberry for the always nokia great design, and this one i bet supports nokia messaging.... the only thing going against this monster is apps but since it's linux based and NOKIA, apps are gonna come thick and fast....

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