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Nokia N900
N900 promises PC like multitasking capability

Nokia is looking for every edge it can sharpen in its fight with Apple and RIM for the high-end smartphone market. Smartphones are growing in popularity and Nokia is seeing its market share drop faster than average rates in the industry.

DailyTech reported yesterday that Nokia would be unveiling a new high-end smartphone at Nokia World that ran Maemo. Today Nokia has made the Linux-derived Maemo device a reality with the official announcement.

The new Nokia N900 packs an ARM Coretex-A8 CPU in with up to 1GB of application memory and OpenGL ES 2.0 graphics acceleration. According to Nokia, the result of the powerful processor and the Maemo OS is that users of the N900 get a PC-like multitasking experience. Nokia says the power of the N900 allows many applications to run simultaneously.

The N900 features a slide-out QWERTY keyboard and supports up to ten personal email addresses. The device is designed for easy texting and email and sports 32GB of onboard storage. Memory expansion is offered with up to 16GB via a microSD card. The device sports a 5-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics.

"With Linux software, Mozilla-based browser technology and now also with cellular connectivity, the Nokia N900 delivers a powerful mobile experience," says Anssi Vanjoki, Executive Vice President, Markets, Nokia. "The Nokia N900 shows where we are going with Maemo and we'll continue to work with the community to push the software forward. 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."

Nokia says its N900 supports Adobe Flash 9.4, something lacking from the iPhone. Other features of the handset include a high-resolution WVGA touch screen, HSPA internet connectivity and integrated Wi-Fi. The handset runs the Mozilla web browser. Nokia expects to launch the N900 in October for select markets at a price of 500 EUR.

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RE: Looks....
By munky on 8/28/2009 3:43:37 PM , Rating: 4
Are you kidding me? The image quality depends on the size of the sensor, not how many megapixels are crammed into it. I'm using a 6MP DSLR that would absolutely blow away any 12-14MP compact or phone camera. In fact, image quality starts to degrade when you have too many megapixels.

RE: Looks....
By themaster08 on 8/28/2009 7:46:47 PM , Rating: 1
No, I'm not kidding.

1)Each of these 5 megapixel cameras in their past and present flagship devices have only seen very minor increases in image quality, and I'm sure this is no exception. The hardware in these cameras is more or less exactly the same. The only difference is tweaking of software which results in only minor image quality increases.

2)Numbers talk. People look at a 5 megapixel camera in a mobile phone and see this as the norm. There's no wow factor.

Look at the likes of Sony Ericsson, Samsung and LG pushing 8 megapixels on their flagship devices.

3)Nokia already have an 8 megapixel camera in the N86, which is known to be better quality than the 5 megapixel camera in the N97. However, the N86 is not considered Nokia's flagship device.
Shouldn't a flagship device incorporate the very best of everything the company has to offer at that particular time? Nokia obviously have something available that is better, why not include it?

4)Using your DSLR camera as a comparison is moot. Mobile phone cameras have much smaller lenses than your regular digital camera, especially SLR's. Thus mobile phone cameras will never surpass the image quality of your regular or SLR digital camera.

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