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Nokia N900 Mobile Internet Device Review Appears In Russia

A complete review of the soon to be release Nokia N900 internet tablet, otherwise known as the Rover or RX51, has appeared in Russia together with some tasty details and close-up photographs

Mobile-Review (opens in new tab) and Eldar are the first to have laid their hands on what looks to be a ready to market model, not only a prototype. The first rumours about the N900 appeared back in May 2009 together with some pictures.

Physically, this is a N97-size mobile internet device with a 3.5-inch 800×480 (WVGA) resistive (why not capacitive) touchscreen. It has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard and according to Mobile-review, the build quality is as good as on the Nokia E75.

The rest of the specification leads us to believe that Nokia used the N97 as a template for the N900: it comes with a 5-megapixel camera, 32GB of onboard storage with a microSD card reader (which supports up to 32GB), a microUSB port, GPS, TV-Out and a 1320mAh battery.

It also uses a faster ARM Cortex-A8 chipset (yes, that's the same type as the one that is found on the pink Pegatron smartbook that we reviewed last week) and comes with Maemo 5 rather than Symbian; not that this is a surprise, the previous model, the N810, ran on the Internet Tablet OS 2008.

The phone is more a replacement for the existing N810 rather than the Nokia N97. The N810 is still on sale at Expansys for a bargain (opens in new tab) £129.99 although it is unlikely that the N900 sells for much less than £500 which is what the N97 currently fetches.

Our Comments

We are not convinced that the phone (or MID) will be a huge success. It depends a lot on how Nokia will be marketing the phone as it looks like an alternative to the N97 which uses Symbian. A shame though that the keyboard appears to be slightly less well laid than the N810.

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Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.