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Nokia N900: N97 Follow-up Revealed

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Nokia N900: N97 Follow-up Revealed

There was a general feeling of disappointment at TrustedReviews when we got our hands on the Nokia N97, it has a desperate sense of 'catch up'. But this doesn't...

Mobile Review has managed to grab some hands-on time with a model called the Nokia 'N900' and it believes this will eventually replace the N97. So what do we learn?

We get a lot of core specs: 800 x 480 pixel resistive touchscreen, 5MP Carl Zeiss camera, 32GB of native memory plus a 32GB compatible microSDHC slot, HSDPA, WiFi, GPS, a 1320 mAh battery and - importantly - a faster ARM Cortex-A8 chipset (the same used in the Palm Pre and iPhone 3GS).

Perhaps more importantly however is the N900 will run Linux/Maemo 5 with an overhauled finger friendly UI and what we hear are "visual effects, smooth transitions and decent reaction time" that "feels more like the Apple iPhone" (even if its appearance is in the style of HTC). The browser also supports flash, video and applets (take that BlackBerry 2010 flash support) and there's TV-out.

Surprisingly, Mobile Review also has a release timeframe and price for the Nokia N900: Q4 and a reasonable 550 euros sim free, though it warns these are subject to change. So if Ovi can get its act together by then Nokia really looks like it could be back in the high end smartphone game...

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via Mobile Review

Ryan131

August 20, 2009, 7:46 pm

Mmmmm. WANT. Maemo also happens to be the dev platform for Fennec!

DrDark

August 20, 2009, 8:30 pm

Mmm, I like the look of the N97 more... is there something wrong with me? :(

Gordon394

August 20, 2009, 8:40 pm

@drdark - yes. Time to call the men in white coats ;)

Chris

August 20, 2009, 9:17 pm

Isn't this more of an 'Internet Tablet' in the same vein as the N810? The screen size and model number would suggest that...

Chris Beach

August 20, 2009, 9:36 pm

huh? surely its the n800/n810 it will replace, rather than a phone? My N800 is just a tad to large to be a everyday phone.


Symbian^4 will power the phones. Maemo the MID's/Handhelds or whatever name they have this week.

Robovski

August 21, 2009, 4:56 am

I do find it is all that I'm looking for to replace my old Samsung F700. I'm afriad I've fallen in love with actual QWERTY, and I want a decent camera. I don't mind "big" phones, I'm a big guy.

Ripsnorter

August 21, 2009, 1:22 pm

@Gordon





I'm not sure what the correct terminology is, but is the keyboard one you could type on, even if it's the two finger poking kind, or do the keys have to be pressed against resistance until they click?

ChaosDefinesOrder

August 22, 2009, 11:12 pm

wow, after reading the fill Mobile Review article, that's axactly what I'm looking for from a large screen mobile device. Desktop style layout, finger friendly everything, a physical keyboard, large WVGA screen. Plus, in other articles around the web - slashdot for example, there's rumours that this N900 is not just built for Maemo, they're intending this to be a fully operable Linux device so Nokia will be bundling a flashing utility so you can flash on fully functional Linux distros...





of course that can't be confirmed until Nokia says so, but it sounds promising!

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