Nokia announces N900 Maemo 5 device, most exciting Nokia product of 2009
The Nokia N97 was the device I looked forward to most after the announcement last year at Nokia World, but unfortunately it has an anemic amount of RAM that continues to hamper a power user like myself. I think the N97 is a solid piece of hardware that a large majority of people will be happy with, but smartphone enthusiasts can’t deal with it at the selling price. Nokia announced the N900 and I have to say I have not been this excited about a Nokia product for quite some time and with the T-Mobile USA 3G support I will definitely be picking one up as soon as I can. The N900 fixes all that is wrong with the N97 and then throws on a slick Maemo UI and feature set that should have most any geek drooling.
The list of specs is quite impressive and includes:
- ARM Cortex-A8 600 MHz processor with 256MB of RAM (and 768MB of virtual memory)
- Maemo 5 user interface
- Up to 1GB of application memory
- OpenGL ES 2.0 graphics acceleration
- 32GB of integrated storage
- Expandable up to 48GB via a microSD card
- WiFi (b/g) (includes UPnP support)
- Bluetooth 2.1
- HSDPA connectivity (triband WCDMA 900/1700/2100 and quadband GSM)
- 5 megapixel digital camera with Carl Zeiss optics
- 3.5 inch WVGA (800 x 480) touch screen
- FM transmitter
- Integrated A-GPS
- 3.5 mm AV jack (audio and TV-out)
- Nokia BL-5J battery with 1320 mAh capacity
Even more than the specs though you have to browse through the Nokia Maemo site and check out all of the features related to the panorama desktop, Maemo browser, phone, conversations (looks like Nokia FINALLY got it right here), media player, Ovi Maps, and so much more. I sure hope it supports Amazon Video On Demand movies as they would look fantastic on this device.
I can’t express how excited I am about this device and am even more disappointed that I wasn’t able to attend Nokia World in Germany next week to get some hands-on time with it. I will be linking to those mobile writers who are at the event next week to help you gather information and see what is going on.
With the Nokia Money, Booklet 3G, and now Nokia N900 announcements I have to wonder if there is anything else left to be announced next week and imagine we may see a service or two and maybe a more traditional smartphone.
Nokia stated availability in October in select markets and with the T-Mobile USA 3G support (that is the 1700 MHz frequency) I have to hold out hope we get it here early on.
Anyone interested in a fairly cheap Nokia N97?