Nokia shows off its N900 Maemo Linux tablet

Nokia shows off its N900 Maemo Linux tablet

Summary: The Finnish handset maker has announced the N900, the first in its line of Linux-based handheld computers to include 3G cellular connectivity alongside Wi-Fi

TOPICS: Networking

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  • Nokia unveiled its latest Linux tablet, the N900, on Thursday.

    The device is the first in the line to include cellular connectivity, in this case a high-speed packet access (HSPA) variant of 3G technology that allows for download speeds of up to 10Mbps and upload speeds of up to 2Mbps.

    Previous versions of Nokia's Linux tablet, such as 2007's N810, offered only Wi-Fi connectivity for web browsing.

  • The N900 uses version 5 of Nokia's Maemo operating system, which Nokia said it sees as complementary to the Symbian platform it uses in its smartphones.

    "The Nokia N900 shows where we are going with Maemo and we'll continue to work with the community to push the software forward," Nokia's markets chief Anssi Vanjoki said in a statement on Thursday. "What we have with Maemo is something that is fusing the power of the computer, the internet and the mobile phone, and it is great to see that it is evolving in exciting ways."

  • Like its predecessors, the N900 has a slide-out Qwerty keyboard.

    The device comes with the Nokia Messaging service, which can support up to 10 email accounts, as well as an instant-messaging application.

    The N900's browser is based on Mozilla technology. Nokia would not confirm the browser's precise name, although Mozilla has previously code-named its mobile browser project Fennec, and said the resulting application would simply be called Firefox, as on the desktop.

    Full Adobe Flash 9.4 support is included, as is support for HTML 5 features.

Topic: Networking

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  • N900

    I really looking forward to this device. I used the N810 for last two years and although its good this is what that machine should have been. This looks like it will kill the apple tablet even before it launched and if what I have been reading will be a real alternative to going to o2 and get an iphone.

    I already started to save I want one.
  • N900

    I pre odered mine

    can't wait