The rumored Nokia N900 is official and could mark a major milestone for Nokia in the smartphone market. Finally Nokia turned to a Desktop operating system for a smartphone. The new Nokia N900 runs the new Linux based Maemo 5 software.
The Nokia N900 empowers you to have dozens of application windows open and running simultaneously while taking full advantage of the cellular features, touch screen and QWERTY keyboard.
The Nokia N900 packs a powerful ARM Cortex-A8 processor, up to 1GB of application memory and OpenGL ES 2.0 graphics acceleration.
The result is PC-like multitasking, allowing many applications to run simultaneously. Switching between applications is simple, as all running content is constantly available through the dashboard. The panoramic homescreen can be fully personalized with favorite shortcuts, widgets and applications.
To make web browsing more enjoyable, the Nokia N900 features a high-resolution WVGA touch screen and fast internet connectivity with 10/2 HSPA and WLAN. Thanks to the browser powered by Mozilla technology, websites look the way they would on any computer. Online videos and interactive applications are vivid with full Adobe Flash 9.4 support. Maemo software updates happen automatically over the internet.
Messaging on the N900 is easy and convenient thanks to the full physical slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Setting up email happens with only a few touches and the Nokia Messaging service mobilizes up to 10 personal email accounts. Text message or IM exchanges with friends are shown in one view and all conversations are organized as separate windows.
The Nokia N900 has 32GB of storage, which is expandable up to 48GB via a microSD card. For photography, the Maemo software and the N900 come with a new tag cloud user interface that will help users get the most out of the 5MP camera and Carl Zeiss optics.
With the above specifications the new Nokia looks to be more powerful than the iPhone 3GS.
The Nokia N900 will be available in select markets from October 2009 with an estimated retail price of EUR 500 (~$712) excluding sales taxes and subsidies. See more photos of the N900. Nokia also published two videos demonstrating the Nokia N900 with Mameo Linux. Watch them below.