Nokia Returns To UMPC/MID Scene With N900
The Nokia N810 was a definite niche device with limited appeal to the masses. With only wifi connectivity, sales were sluggish and Nokia pulled the plug late last year with a last-minute, limited release of a model sporting WWAN. MobileCrunch got an inside tip revealing plans for the new N900, which combined the functionality and power of the N810 in a smaller form factor similar to the upcoming N97. Slashgear sited rumors that the N900 is coming to T-Mobile USA sometime in the summer of 2009 for $299 with contract, so I might just pick this up. The Maemo OS looks quite attractive, and with the new Ovi marketplace, Nokia is taking direct aim at the Google Android phones, Palm Pre and Apple iPhone.
Some specs of interest via MobileCrunch:
- Update: A few comments inquired about GPS. Our source has since verified that the N900 does indeed have GPS, along with an accelerometer.
- Dimensions: 59.7mmx111mmx18.2mm
- Weight: 180g
- 3.5Ã¢â‚¬Â³ 800Ãƒâ€”480 (WVGA) touchscreen
- OMAP3430 500/600 MHz processor (Fun Trivia: Same CPU as the Palm Pre)
- Bands: GSM Quad-Band 850, 900, 1800, 1900. WCDMA 900, 1700/2100, 2100
- 5 megapixel Carl Zeiss camera with dual-LED flash, autofocus, and sliding cover
- Though the renders we’ve seen show two lens-like circles near the screen, we’ve got no word on what’s behind them. However, we feel safe in assuming that its a proximity sensor and a front-facing camera.
- 1GB total virtual runtime memory (256MB physical RAM, 768MB virtual memory)
- Wi-Fi, HSPA
- 32GB internal storage, expandable up to 48GB via external memory
- Keyboard variants: English, Scandinavian, French, German, South European, Italian, Russia
- In the box: Connectivity cable, headset, charger, battery (1320 mAh), Video-out cable, microUSB adaptor, cleaning cloth
Via Slashgear and MobileCrunch.
05/26/2009 at 6:39 pm
Is this Nokia returning to the UMPC/MID scene, or Nokia introducing a cellphone that runs Maemo rather than S60? (i.e., if this is a MID, then isn’t the N97 also a MID?)
05/26/2009 at 7:01 pm
I think it’s a matter of semantics at this point. The N810 ran a modified version of the previous Maemo 4.0 as an “internet tablet” according to Nokia. You’re right though, with the advances in smartphones, these devices are blurring the line between smartphone and MID, especially with more and more MIDs incorporating WWAN and cellular radios and more and more smartphones incorporating MID features.
05/26/2009 at 9:39 pm
I thought Ova was Symbian based? they could, I guess, have a virtual machine that allows Maemo to run Symbian apps.
I have the N810, it is a very useful device. I use it as a clock, to browse the web when I don’t want to start my laptop, as a bluetooth trackpad/keyboard to control my laptop when hooked up to my TV, as a PMP to listen to music and watch some videos occasionally, as a GPS to locate where I am. I used to play games on it alot.