Nokia Officially Debuts The N900 Internet Tablet

As expected, Nokia has released the N900 which it is marketing as an Internet Tablet - or in Intel's jargon, a Mobile Internet Device - but looks like a bulkier N97 smartphone instead.

The N900 is essentially a reworked, slightly better version of the aforementioned device with a 18mm thickness, almost as much as its Nokia Booklet 3G smartphone and weighs 181g.

It comes with a 3.5-inch touchscreen capable of displaying 800x480 pixels (that's a 5:3 aspect ratio), HSDPA, WiFi, 32GB of internal storage that can be doubled thanks to a microSD card, a 5-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss lenses and runs on Linux (Maemo 5) instead of the N97's Symbian S60.

The N900 runs on a processor with an ARM Cortex-A8 Core (so either one from Samsung, Freescale or TI with a minimum speed of 833MHz), the same as the Palm Pre, the iPhone 3GS and the Pegatron smartbook we reviewed a few weeks ago.

It has up to 1GB available application memory although three quarters of it is virtual memory. It comes with Adobe Flash 9.4 support, OpenGL ES 2.0 graphics acceleration as well as a slew of applications bundled (including OVI Maps). Nokia has also included stylus, a kick stand and a full side-slide keyboard.

The N900 will be on sale from October for as little as £440, which is less than the N97 cost at launch. This means that by Christmas, it should be available on 24-month contracts from as little as £35.

Our Comments

The N900 could become even more popular than the N97 because it has a better specification than the N97 and some would say, an altogether better operating system as well. The N97 currently retails for £499 at Nokia store although you could get it for as little as £450. The N900 should cost even less than that.

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